Kansas City Chiefs Move Closer to AFC Wild Card Spot With Emphatic Comeback Statement

 

Marcus Cooper, Pierre Garcon

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The Kansas City Chiefs have not only found the glass ceiling when it comes to comebacks, but they have gone crashing right through it.

Sunday saw the Chiefs team back on their game when they mauled the Washington Redskins 45-10 on Washington’s home turf. And in the snow! This is the first game that the Chiefs have won in a month, and one Kansas City fans were getting desperate for after three straight and disappointing losses between AFC West division rivals the Denver Broncos (two losses) and the San Diego Chargers (one). Two of those losses were at home at Arrowhead.

Kansas City made jaws drop around the league when they started out this season at 9-0, at one point being the only undefeated team in the NFL. This was after a horrific 2-14 season last year. The Chiefs looked better all around and seem to have found their swagger again.

On offense, a considerable soft spot for Kansas City as the season has progressed, they scored right out the door on their first four possessions. Running back Jamaal Charles logged 19 carries for 151 yards, and was virtually untouchable in the snow. Quarterback Alex Smith completed almost 75 percent of his 20 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns.

Supposedly, the Chiefs were going to be hurting without left tackle Branden Albert, but they took the bull by the horns and racked up their highest points in a single game for the season.

As for the Chiefs’ defense, they kept Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to 12 out of 26 passes, an interception, and they sacked him five times. Redskins running back Alfred Morris only got 12 carries and 31 yards. The defense that struck fear in the hearts of its opponents earlier in the season seems to be back from hiatus.

An AFC Wild Card spot is still up for grabs against the Chiefs, but if they look as good as they did against the Redskins when they face the Oakland Raiders on Sunday in Week 15, it could be theirs. Even if they lose to the Raiders and either the Baltimore Ravens lose to the Detroit Lions or the Miami Dolphins lose to the New England Patriots, the spot will still belong to Kansas City.

Look out, playoffs, because the Chiefs are on their way.

Jonathan W. Crowell is a writer and an online sports blogger for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JW_Crowell, “like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.


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