But I know that after the last couple weeks of successes, area fans are excited again about our boys in red. Know what? They should be. The Chiefs are now No. 3 in the NFL power rankings, trailing only Seattle and San Francisco. And hard to believe as it is, Denver is No. 5. I don’t quite agree with that assessment, but it’s close.
After Jamaal Charles five touchdowns Sunday, he’s already being talked about as possibly the Chiefs best offensive player of all time. In fact, the words Hall of Fame are being mentioned. And while I think Charles is definitely an All-Pro, I believe it’s going to take a few more years before he’s anointed Best Chiefs Offensive Player Ever.
At this stage of the game, that title still belongs to two-time Super Bowl quarterback Len Dawson, with players like Otis Taylor, Tony Gonzalez and Priest Holmes also in the running.
What makes Charles really stand out though is the fact that he’s our entire offense, except for quarterback Alex Smith. Even though the Raiders and Washington were low-level NFL teams, you have to give Charles credit for running over them both. Even more significant is the fact that our offensive line isn’t the greatest and opposing defenses focus on Number 25 because, well, he’s really all we have.
It seems like Smith has just about given up on Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery.
Smith seems to only feel comfortable with Charles and Dexter McCluster. Sadly, Bowe and Avery have now been relegated to bit players on Sundays.
I know, I know, our defense is pretty lame.
But guess what? So are most defenses in the AFC this year.
It seems no lead is safe. Dallas had a huge first half lead against a struggling Green Bay Packers team that didn’t even have its franchise quarterback Aaron Rogers, under center. Yet the Pack came back and beat the Cowboys.
This is a strange year in the NFL. It’s turned into Major League Baseball where every game is up in the air. Practically any team can win regardless of their record. Look at the scoring totals in so many games. Over 50 points is the norm. The rules have been adjusted to help offenses score. That makes the games more exciting, but never before have we seen so many pass interference, defensive holding and personal fouls called; they come by the truckloads now. So in fairness to the Chiefs poor defense, it’s a widespread problem in the NFL.
Now that Alex Smith has arrived and is arguably the No. 3 best quarterback in the AFC behind Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, the Chiefs have a much better chance of winning. However with Denver playing Houston and Oakland – both bad teams – and the Chiefs playing Indy and San Diego – both good teams – it’s likely Denver will win the Division and be the No. 1 seed. Which leaves the Chiefs pretty much locked into the No. 5 playoff spot, playing Indy on the road.
That’s a pretty big number. I’m surprised. Even more surprising were ESPN’s on-air personalities who said this morning to a man that the only team likely to challenge Denver in the post season is the Chiefs. New England is too banged up and has no weapons, the Bengals are far too erratic and Indy is not playing well. That leaves the No. 6 seed which likely will be Miami, an up and down team.
So yes, our Chiefs are no longer a sneaky good team. Watch out NFL.