Kansas City Chiefs' Backup Players Have Chance to Gain Playoff Momentum

By Jonathan W. Crowell
Andy Reid, Chase Daniel
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The 11-4 Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback Chase Daniel and other backup Chiefs may really get a chance to show their stuff in the Week 17 match-up between Kansas City and AFC West division rivals the San Diego Chargers for the final Sunday of the regular season.

Sunday will see no surprises or revelations from this game. The Chiefs are already locked into the No. 5 seed, and no outcome from the road game with the Chargers will impact the Chiefs’ situation in any way. Kansas City is just biding time to find out who it will play on the following weekend when the playoffs get underway, so they can afford to sit out their starters and save them for the postseason.

Kansas City started off with a solid 9-0 debut to their season after a horrific 2-14 season last year, but then things started to get wobbly for them when they lost four of their last six games. The Chiefs did manage to trounce both the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders in back to back weeks, but then took an embarrassing 23-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts this past Sunday to create further doubts about their playoff viability. The Colts may also end up being the Chiefs’ first-round opponent in the playoffs, and Kansas City will want to improve drastically on their performance the next time around if they want to keep Super Bowl aspirations alive.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid will very likely sit out most of his top starters so it will be a time to shine for Daniel and other Chiefs backup players and hopefully give Kansas City some solid forward momentum going into the playoffs.

It is speculated that Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali will have this Sunday off, and it will give linebacker Justin Houston another week to recuperate from his elbow injury before going into the postseason. Star running back Jamaal Charles will most likely get a break, though rookie running back Knile Davis has played impressively in his stead. And quarterback Alex Smith, after having an unremarkable game against the Colts, may get some bench time, though he seems more gung ho to get back to the field in order to build up winning momentum.

Sunday kickoff in San Diego is at 3:25 p.m. CST.

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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