Last Sunday was a very deflating day for the Kansas City Chiefs. They were beaten at home by the San Diego Chargers who came into the game with a record of 4-6. What many people considered the best defense in the NFL was torched for 491 total yards and 41 points. On top of that, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, who have combined for 20 sacks this season, left the game with injuries.
As bad as that sounds there were several bright spots that make their Sunday seem a little better. First of all, an MRI revealed that Hali’s setback was not the dreaded high ankle injury but instead a slight sprain. Houston’s injury is still unclear as he’s not been able to get an MRI done due to swelling in his elbow, but the news about Hali is great nonetheless.
Another silver lining from Sunday was the play from the offense. If not for some bad clock management, Alex Smith, not Philip Rivers, would’ve been the hero of the day. The 38 points scored by the Chiefs was a season high and great to see for fans who believe they would be powerless in a shootout.
With 3:51 left in the game Smith led Kansas City in a touchdown drive to take the lead, but some odd play-calling and a poorly executed timeout left Rivers with enough time to put together a go-ahead drive of his own. The Chiefs did not run the ball once in their final touchdown drive to drain the clock and called a timeout at San Diego’s five-yard line with time left on the play clock that they could’ve let run down.
Regardless of the strange decisions, the offensive firepower was very encouraging for Kansas City and a sign that they could be a more well-rounded team than most thought.
More encouraging news came late Sunday night when the New England Patriots came back from a 24-0 deficit to beat the Denver Broncos. The Broncos’ loss means the Chiefs are still in complete control of their destiny, and if Kansas City takes care of business they won’t need any help to earn the top seed in the AFC.