The Kansas City Chiefs have put together two straight wins after dropping the first three games of the season. Matt Cassel seems to finally be playing at a solid level and the defense has picked it up despite the loss of Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry.
While I want to be positive, a look at the schedule shows that the Chiefs are still in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. The Chiefs still play every team that made it to their respective Conference championship games last year, the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, and Pittsburgh Steelers. While three of these four teams do not look as strong as they were last year they will still be in playoff contention and playing for a playoff berth. The Chiefs also have to travel to New England where the Patriots have won 19 straight regular season home games and have scored 30 or more points in 13 straight games. The only bright spots are two games with division rival Denver Broncos and a home game against the winless Miami Dolphins.
The Chiefs are heading into their bye week with two straight wins which always helps confidence. After the bye they travel to Oakland to take on the hated Raiders. A best case scenario for the Chiefs seems to be a 6-10 season. Worst case scenario could be 3-13. A 3-13 season will cost Todd Haley and his job and put the Chiefs in a likely top 3 pick in the 2012 draft.