Okay, so the Kansas City Chiefs lost 27-17 to the Denver Broncos on Sunday in Denver. The Chiefs, who were the only undefeated team in the NFL going into Week 11, are now tied at 9-1 with the Broncos for first place in the AFC West division.
Despite a lackluster offensive showing by Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith and co., including a fumble by fullback Anthony Sherman, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe had a decent game in perhaps a bit of a redemptive football performance after his arrest for marijuana possession last week. Bowe caught four passes for 57 yards, including one for a touchdown. Jamaal Charles also had a nice showing, carrying the ball 16 times and for 78 yards.
Kansas City found itself behind by 10 points at two different points before halftime. That would make the first time this season they have trailed by more than a touchdown. As might have been foreseen, this set the Chiefs back and they were never able to recover afterwards. To the their credit, the Chiefs defense kept Peyton Manning and the Broncos far below what had been their 41.2 average PPG for this season.
So what does this mean for the Chiefs and their playoff aspirations?
Kansas City is still well-positioned to make the playoffs and to even win their division. Sadly, those who said the Chiefs were undefeated due to an easy schedule for the first half of the season now have more ammunition. The Chiefs will meet the San Diego Chargers at home this coming Sunday, and the Broncs will travel to face the New England Patriots. The Sunday after that, the Chiefs and Broncos will meet again, this time at Arrowhead Stadium.
Watch out, Denver.