Can Kansas City Chiefs Be A Legitimate Threat In AFC?

By Ryan Wenzell
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs started off the season a perfect 9-0. Everything was peachy in Chiefs land. Then the reality of their schedule set in. They had to play the Denver Broncos twice.

They were simply outclassed in every sense of the word by the Broncos and their plethora of talent, especially on offense. They also got outgunned by the San Diego Chargers in Arrowhead Stadium. This Chiefs team is hard to read. Their defense dominated at the beginning of the season led by pass rushers Justin HoustonTamba Hali and two physical corners in Brandon Flowers and Sean Smith.

Over the last two weeks, the defense has been anything but dominant. In fact, it has been porous. Part of it has been due to the fact that their top-two pass rushers have been in and out of the lineup with lingering injuries, but there have also been total breakdowns in the secondary.

Consider this: the Chiefs have scored 38 and 28 points the last two weeks and have lost both games — unheard of for a defense that was succeeding earlier this season and is one that is loaded with Pro Bowl talent. Andy Reid is certainly the front-runner for Coach of the Year. He has turned this from a two-win squad to a 9-3 unit. That is no easy feat. He also brought Alex Smith with him and the veteran quarterback has improved his game immensely this season.

He has been slinging it the past few weeks despite the two losses. Neither were his fault. Regardless, the Chiefs’ defense needs to shape up if they hope to keep up in the AFC. The offense isn’t capable of keeping up with some of the league’s better aerial attacks. If the defense gets back to its stingy ways, the Chiefs have a chance in a wide-open conference.

However, having to go on the road for a majority of the playoffs will prove to be too much to overcome for a suddenly-struggling defense.

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