Kansas City Chiefs: Promising Season in Downward Spiral Following Loss to San Diego Chargers

Hali and Houston

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This season has been quite the surprise for the Kansas City Chiefs, as 2-14 last season to 9-0 this season was quite the turnaround. However, after losing two straight and the schedule not getting any easier next week, Kansas City’s promising season is now headed into a downward spiral.

The Chiefs suffered their fist loss last week to their division rival, the Denver Broncos. Today’s loss to the San Diego Chargers may have been even more damaging than suffering their first loss to Denver. Kansas City was unable to get any pressure on Peyton Manning last week, and it isn’t going to be any easier next week when the two teams meet up again. The Chiefs lost sack leaders Tamba Hali and Justin Houston to injuries in today’s defeat.

Jamaal Charles has been a dominant force on the offensive side of the ball, and quarterback Alex Smith has been a great game manager, but without the Chiefs’ defense getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks, I don’t think the Chiefs would be in the position they are currently in. Losing Houston and Hali will be very damaging to the Chiefs down the homestretch.

Kansas City will easily make the playoffs, but winning the division is out of the question now. The length of the injuries to Tamba and Justin will determine what seed Kansas City gets and whether or not the Chiefs will even be able to pick up a postseason victory. Without those two pass rushing linebackers, the Chiefs very well could be one and done in the playoffs.

Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at black24mamba@aol.com


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