So now the Chiefs are the best bet to land the final wild card in the AFC, according to ESPN’s Mike and Mike! And it could happen – based on their improved defense, easy remaining games and that they’re on a roll. Yep, four wins in a row and two back to back road wins against division rivals.
Shades of head coach Andy Reid‘s first year here when we played team after team that was injured or weak or using back up quarterbacks. However, we did just beat San Diego and Philip Rivers on the road. Nice. However they were 2-7 and now they’re done for the year with 8 loses.
So who’s left?
The Bills who play here following a Monday night game at New England. The Pats should win that one and Bills will be tired that Sunday. Then on the road KC plays a sudden struggling Oakland. However, they’re dangerous and will probably be favored. At home with Chargers, the Chiefs should win that one. At the Ravens – a pick’em game – the Ravens will be favored at home. The Browns here and Raiders here both should be wins if KC plays as well as they have lately.
So Chiefs finish 9-7 or maybe, just maybe 10-6. Either likely gets you a wild card.
Most pundits, including me, had them dead and gone. Looks like maybe not! In a year where most teams are around. .500 it’s great for the league because 4-6 teams are still in it. Hell, Dallas thinks they can win it all with their 3-7 record, just because Tony Romo is back (and yes he won yesterday).
Denver is not out of the woods either.
They benched Peyton Manning who says he will play next year with or without Broncos. I hate to see Manning go out that way – he needs to end it this year. He sure isn’t in need of money.
All the current crop of elite quarterbacks are nearing the end.
Only Tom Brady looks ready to go again for a couple more years. Maybe Drew Brees as well. However it’s down to the last year or two for all of them. Making way for the new heros, Cam Newton and company.
So what’s in store for this year’s KC Chiefs?
Hey, they are playing inspired ball – especially on defense. Tamba Hali is on fire, Justin Houston got a TD interception; DJ is playing well and shockingly Eric Berry is actually looking good. Our new number one corner, Marcus Peters is likely the defensive rookie of the year. Nice. QB Alex Smith is playing better but the offense still needs work.
However at a lowly 5-5 the Chiefs are the talk of the town.
So let’s see if this continues, it’s better than wait until next year…for now.