Chiefs give fans Christmas win

One more win and the Kansas City Chiefs are the AFC West Division champions.

The Chiefs came out on fire and quarterback Matt Cassel had a nearly perfect quarterback rating at halftime. This game was over early.

In fact, the only real “drama” of the game came when Cassel was taken out of the game, then brought back in after a Brodie Croyle interception. After all the “bench Cassel, we want Brodie” talk at the beginning of the season, I’m sure that ovation had to feel pretty good when Cassel came back in.

The only question in the 34-14 win over the Tennessee Titans – that served as a late Christmas present to Chiefs fans – was how many personal foul penalties we were going to see. The answer: a lot.

This game was mostly about two things. A.) The Chiefs played really well. Offensively, the ball was spread around between the pass and the run. They looked good. B.) The Titans really seem to have quit on the year – something I never thought I would see from a Jeff Fisher coached team.

The Chiefs were able to take advantage of that and – by the time the day is up – could clinch the AFC West title if the Cincinnati Bengals can hold an early 7-0 lead against the San Diego Chargers.

Not a lot to talk about with this game. There weren’t a lot of fans there, but I’m not bothered by that. It’s Christmas. People are traveling or doing family stuff. It’s not the end of the world.

Right now, mostly what I want to say is, with one game left in the season – regardless of what happens – this has been a pretty remarkable season. It’s a season the likes of which this town hasn’t seen in a while.

So I will pick my Pro-Bowlers for this team with one game to go.

Offense: Dwayne Bowe, Jamaal Charles, Cassel. Defense: Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson. I think those five need to be there. I also feel justified in calling DJ the comeback player of the year award for the Chiefs. Dude couldn’t get on the field last year for this team, now he’s a star. I like seeing that.

Next week’s game should be huge. Even if the Chargers lose, it’s a rivalry game. Last home game of the regular season. See if the Chiefs can go perfect at home.

But regardless of what happens, the Chiefs are heading into 2011 going in the right direction. Hopefully that continues.

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