After the previously top-ranked and undefeated Kansas City Chiefs took a 27-17 loss Sunday at the hands of the Denver Broncos, they are still tied for the top AFC West spot with Denver. It won’t matter much, however, if they don’t get their act together starting this coming Sunday against another division rival in the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs’ morale and mojo have taken a hit now that they don’t have the undefeated bragging rights anymore, and detractors are undoubtedly saying ‘see, they weren’t that good to begin with.’ Though still chalking up wins (until Sunday at Denver) they’ve been off their game for several weeks, and it seems it’s finally caught up to them.
Will this send them into a tailspin moving into the remainder of the regular season?
The Chiefs and their fans should hope that head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Alex Smith have the wherewithal to regroup and pull their squad back together if they have any hopes of making a good showing in the playoffs and better yet hopes of going to and winning the Super Bowl in February.
The Kansas City defense, which has been a driving force for the team with the fewest yards allowed per game NFL-wide, did manage to keep Denver quarterback Peyton Manning and the Broncos far below their 41.2 points per game average on Sunday. Being the league leader for forced turnovers, the Chiefs did get a takeaway, but it was due to a bad handoff from Manning to Montee Ball which ended up on the ground and was then recovered by Kansas City’s Derrick Johnson. Other than that there were few big impact plays from Kansas City’s defense — I kept waiting for them to maul Manning right onto his ego, but they didn’t really ever get that close to him at all throughout the entire game.
Johnson acknowledged that his team had been quite ‘off’ for the game, and Reid confessed that his team had a bad day and graciously acquiesced the win to ‘a good football team.’
The Chiefs won’t be able to afford many more bad days, however, and had better find their A-game again starting with the game against the Chargers.
Maybe the loss to Denver made them mad enough to finally get more serious about football.