Yesterday the Kansas City Chiefs looked like the team that was humiliated and beaten down in the first three weeks of the season. After the game the only thought that came to my mind was Dennis Green’s famous “They are who we thought they were” speech. The ray of hope that the recent 4 game winning streak and a tie for the lead in AFC West had produced was darkened by the mighty Miami Dolphins. Wait a minute, are these the same Dolphins that were 0-6? The same Dolphins that have tried to interview other coaching candidates even though they have a coach under contract? The same Dolphins that are playing a backup quarterback who was rejected by the NFL’s worst team last year the Carolina Panthers? The answer to these previous questions sadly is yes.
The Kansas City Chiefs lost 31-3 to one of two winless teams left this season. In the Chiefs four losses this season the combined score is 140-30. Two of these four games were even played at home. Arrowhead is widely known as one of the best home field advantages in the NFL but this year nothing seems to help the Chiefs.
After the first three weeks many NFL experts though the Kansas City Chiefs to be one of the worst teams in the NFL. Many were even picking the Chiefs to win the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. As we all know the Chiefs rallied to a four game winning streak and appeared to be back in the hunt for a 2nd straight playoff appearance. While the playoff hopes are still alive, the team expectations have again fallen.
Last year Chief’s fans had hopes of possibly winning a playoff game and starting a run of future playoff runs. This year the AFC West seems to be on pace to be as bad as last year’s NFC West where the division champion Seahawks had a losing record of 7-9.
Yesterday the Chiefs looked like a team who is missing three of their six best players. The losses of Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry, and Tony Moeaki are now being felt and exposed. Jackie Battle and Leonard Pope have done well but it is unfair for the fans to expect them to fill the holes on offense of Charles and Moeaki. The same goes for the multiple safeties the Chiefs have run out there to try and replace Eric Berry. Pro Bowl players and pro bowlers for a reason, they are not just running around practice squads all over the NFL waiting to get their shot. The Chiefs are who we thought they were, a banged up team missing three of their top six players that will struggle with more downs then ups.