After a horrendous 2-14 season last year, the 11-4 Kansas City Chiefs have certainly gone a long way to redeem themselves, even if their season ended today. They have garnered themselves an AFC Wild Card spot in the postseason playoffs with their 56-31 defeat of the Oakland Raiders in Week 15. New head coach Andy Reid and his staff, new quarterback Alex Smith, star running back Jamaal Charles, and the powerhouse Chiefs defensive line have all worked hard together to get the themselves where they want to go, and it wasn’t an easy show to flip.
For the first nine games of the season, the Chiefs outlasted everyone else in the NFL as the remaining undefeated team in the league. It wasn’t until an ugly three-week losing streak to the Denver Broncos, the San Diego Chargers and then the Broncos again that doubts started to creep into the mind’s of even Kansas City’s most die-hard fans. When the Chiefs soundly defeated both the Washington Redskins and the Raiders, things started to look up, especially since the offense was really beginning to take shape and the Chiefs were really starting to score like a playoff contender.
Then, they lost 23-7 to the Indianapolis Colts at home at Arrowhead, going into the game with all the wind in their sails. The doubts are back, and fans and critics alike are wondering how the Chiefs are going to handle the best of the league’s best.
Kansas City goes on the road for Week 17 and their final game of the season, again against the Chargers, to whom they already lost once in Week 12. The outcome of this game will not change the Chiefs’ fate in terms of AFC seeding, but it will say a lot about how ready they are to go into the postseason.
The Chiefs have shown that they have the passion and the talent and are a much better team than they showed against the Colts. It’s time for them to ante up, or call it a season and rest up until next year.