This is how you snap a losing streak.
Worried about the defense like I was? The improvement was definitely there in the second half. This looked like a different defense in the fourth quarter. And they did a great job limiting the effectiveness of Maurice Jones-Drew, an outstanding running back.
Also, it was good to see rookie safety Eric Berry make more big positive plays than big negative plays. Improvement is a good thing.
Seriously. Days like today make my work as a commentator difficult. All you can do is offer praise.
The ONLY thing Chiefs fans have to gripe about is that – apparently – when the Chiefs are involved, you are only called for offensive pass interference if a gun is involved. Even head coach Todd Haley‘s gambles paid off – even when they didn’t. (That last sentence inspired by Yogi Berra, but it makes sense.)
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Other than that, today’s a win. A big win. A needed win. Especially since the rest of the division wasn’t going 0-3 for the third week in a row.
This is the first of a big stretch. These next five games, there is a chance – though slight – the Chiefs can go 5-0. That only happened if they won today. Done.
The play-calling was really good for the most part. And – most importantly – the Chiefs truly looked like they were a playoff team.
I don’t know if it was being back at Arrowhead Stadium. I don’t know if it was playing an inferior opponent in Jacksonville and fifth-string quarterback Todd Bouman (did you know he was on a tractor?)
After back-to-back losses, the Chiefs needed to not only get a win, but make a statement. That statement has been made.
The Chiefs need to make sure this Cassel – 144 quarterback rating for the game – and Bowe keep showing up. With those two, you truly never know. But these last two weeks, this passing game has looked good. Not just legitimate, but good.
Next up, the Buffalo Bills, a team that has been moving the football all day against a tough Baltimore defense – at Baltimore. It’s not a guaranteed win – no game in the NFL is a guaranteed win. But it’s one the Chiefs HAVE to get if they want to continue on to be a playoff team.