Kansas City Chiefs: Signs of Life on Offense Very Encouraging

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The Kansas City Chiefs have seen better days, having lost their last three games all to division rivals. It may seem like a dismal time for the Chiefs, but with an extremely comfortable lead in the AFC Wild Card race, Kansas City is currently in a much better position than most thought they would be in at the beginning of the season.

Three straight losses or not, the Chiefs have shown some very encouraging signs of life on offense during their current losing streak. Jamaal Charles and the running game have been solid all season. The lack of offense for Kansas City was almost entirely due to an inept passing game that has come alive of late.

In the last three games, the Chiefs have averaged 27.7 points per game on 397 total yards per game, compared to 21.8 points and 247 total yards in the four contests prior. Despite dealing with several drops from his pass catchers, Alex Smith has thrown for 272.3 yards per game, with a total of seven TDs and two INTs during the losing streak, compared to 179.2 per game with two TDs and one INT in the previous four games.

The defense has been the big issue, allowing 34.3 points per game during the losing skid after surrendering the fewest points in the league through their first nine games. If the defense could get back on track and the offense continues to improve, the Chiefs could be one of the scariest teams in the playoffs.

That may sound strange on the heels of a losing streak, but the offense and defense have both shown that they are capable of big things. If they can both get it together come playoff time, Kansas City fans could enjoy their first postseason victory in almost 20 years, and possibly more.

Aaron Charles is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for rantsports.com. Follow him on twitter @aaroncharleskc or add him to your network on Google


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