The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t leave Denver in the fashion they would have liked on Sunday night. After losing their first game of the season, reality has smacked them right in the face. Although the reality of not being the AFC’s top team is somewhat harsh, there’s still plenty to feel good about if you’re KC.
Most of us were saying that this team was overrated and untested at 9-0. There’s no denying that the Chiefs had played a light schedule coming into Sunday night’s showdown with the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs were underdogs in the contest for good reason. What unfolded on the field, was exactly what many had predicted – the Broncos’ offense put up just enough points to keep the game out of reach for the Chiefs’ offense. On top of that, the Broncos won the battle at the line of scrimmage.
There was no way the Chiefs were going to win this game unless they got to Peyton Manning, and they failed to do so all night. Manning wasn’t sacked one time and the Chiefs were only able to force one turnover (which was actually a gift fumble).
But despite being overmatched on SNF, this KC team is still right where it needs to be. 9-1 is a great place to be to make a run at one of the Wild Card spots and there’s so much still to be determined in the AFC West. The Chiefs play the Broncos again in two weeks and also battle the San Diego Chargers twice. At the same time, Denver has to travel to New England in week 12.
If the Chiefs can take care of business at home over the next two weeks, they’ll be back in first place and competing for the top seed in the AFC playoffs. The formula is simple- the offense has to start putting up more points and the defense can’t go another game without a sack against a tough opponent like Denver.