Panic, or don’t panic? That is the question.
Three straight losses for the Kansas City Chiefs have fans and analysts wondering if the team should be worried. Well, should they?
Kansas City is now 21st in the league in both passing and rushing yards allowed after their recent struggles. Without Justin Houston, this defense is a much different animal. Houston and Tamba Hali have been the fire-starters all season long. Though they might give up a few yards, these two guys will come in and get a key sack, fumble or force the quarterback into a bad throw resulting in a pick when it matters most.
The Chiefs’ last three games have come against the Denver Broncos (twice) and the San Diego Chargers. Here’s the problem: If the Chiefs were to play either of those teams in the playoffs, they’d likely be done. Defensively, they can’t keep up with either one of those offenses. Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers have been far too good this year to be able to “stop” when it counts; thus, three straight defeats.
So, with their latest defensive woes, what does that mean for the Chiefs? Sadly, it means they aren’t going anywhere in the postseason unless their offense decides to start producing more points. The Chiefs won’t survive in the AFC playoffs without being able to put up 30 points on command. They just won’t. It might work against a team like the Cincinnati Bengals or Baltimore Ravens, but against the Broncos and New England Patriots, good luck.
When Houston finally returns, the Chiefs’ defense will instantly be in better shape. But, they’ll have to worry about putting points on the board still. Alex Smith might be a fantastic game-manager, but is he the guy you want to depend on for 30-plus points on any given Sunday? I’ll leave that question up for debate, as you probably could guess where I stand.