Yesterday was a shot in the stomach. It was the kind of loss that leaves you feeling angry for the rest of the week. But don’t worry, the Chiefs are still in first place in the AFC West despite losing their last two games. The Chiefs are now 3-2 on the year, one game ahead of where I had them in my preseason predictions.
Matt Cassel performed well, the Chiefs running game had a big day on the league’s fifth best rushing defense entering today and we took the Houston Texans to the wire. Doesn’t feel as good as last week though. I’m actually angry. And that’s a good thing.
Put it in the can. On to Jacksonville, a team the Chiefs should have no problem dealing with. After the Jaguars game, we play an awful Buffalo Bills team and then hit the road for a crucial stretch against the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos.
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These are four games that the Chiefs should be able to win. Jacksonville has been underwhelming, even though they beat the Indianapolis Colts. Maurice Jones-Drew has started to slow down and the Jags defense is a shadow of their former selves. Good football teams bounce back from losses like the Chiefs suffered today. Next week is a big one. Make a statement, put it in the can and move on.
But don’t you feel angry today? I know I am. If you aren’t, then you’re not a fan. It’s the the most frustrating kind of anger. It’s deviant anger. I don’t know who or what to direct my anger towards.
I’m mad at the refs. Of course there was the pushoff by Andre Johnson, but if you watch the game again, they missed several holding calls and charged the Chiefs with a false start penalty when the Texans clearly jumped offsides before anyone on the Chiefs O-Line even moved a muscle.
I’m mad at the Chiefs’ defense. 21 points in the fourth quarter is just embarrassing. They looked flat, and seemed to have accepted the defeat before Andre Johnson’s dagger in the corner of the endzone with less than 30 seconds left. Romeo Crennel looked like a genius in his previous four games as defensive coordinator, but the Chiefs just couldn’t solve Matt Schaub in the fourth quarter, a guy who I will classify as the most overrated quarterback in the NFL.
I’m mad at the entire city of Houston, Texas. I wish I had a big posterboard with Gary Kubiak’s face on it so I could throw a football at his face, Keith Cash style.
But I’m mad. You should be too. How does it feel? Feels bad in a good way, right? Feels like you’re alive. Guess what? You are alive. The Chiefs are alive and it’s time to move on to the next one. We’ll be fine.