That sound you hear was one of two things – Kansas City Chiefs fans banging their heads against a wall or the sudden end to the regular season.
It’s rare you see a division champion get punked – at home – like that, especially with all of their starters in the game and – in theory – something to play for.
But it happened and the Chiefs fell to the Oakland Raiders, 31-0 Sunday and turned into scoreboard watchers Sunday, trying to figure out who they will play in the first round of the playoffs – the Baltimore Ravens or the New York Jets.
Today’s biggest culprit – the offensive line. Wasn’t even close. Matt Cassel had no time. Outside of one run, there were no openings for the running backs.
Take away the 47-yard run by Jamaal Charles and you’re looking at a 2.3-yard average for the Chiefs running backs.
The defense – also not good. They looked good early. They disappeared. This was the worst defensive effort at home this season.
So where are we now?
I like the matchup. I may be nuts for that, but the Chiefs avoid Darrelle Revis of the Jets and by doing that guarantee Dwayne Bowe is part of the offense, even if Charlie Weis really isn’t anymore.
Everyone was upset after this last game and I don’t blame them. I look at it differently though. Charles and Cassel are healthy – and I was worried about that during the game. You’re healthy. You have a playoff home game. That’s a win. The season is a win.
Everything else now is gravy.