The Chiefs have made number 7 on Sports Illustrated’s power rankings.
Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)
“So why did I enjoy their victory over the Broncos so much? One, I picked them in this teeny weeny upset, and two, the thoroughly professional, highly informative announcing job afforded by NFL Network’s Bryant Gumbel and Cris Collinsworth. And you know how often I hand out praise to announcers.” (( Sports Illustrated “NFL Power Rankings” ))
The Chiefs have managed to win 7 games, 6 by the skin of their teeth. Why is that important? It means we know how to step up when the pressure’s on. Many teams crumble when they get into a tight game, and our guys have a lot of poise.
I recently wrote an article badmouthing Herm Edwards. I stand by those words. I think he’s an illiterate, overly-conservative, mediocre-at-best head coach. Fortunately for Herm, our offense has managed to pull itself back together after loosing our offensive coordinator Al Saunders, and Herm’s focus on the defense has helped.
Our defense never lacked player talent. It lacked toughness. It lacked a desire to go out and knock people’s teeth out. Herm brought that kind of “anger” to our defense’s game. Jared Allen has his sites on the quarterback, and let me be one of the first to say, Derrick Thomas look out, Allen’s the new sackmeister for the Kansas City record books. He’s new, but he has the intensity and the talent to flatten quarterbacks. He’s a pirate.
So, Herm’s willingness to let the defensive coordinate, Gunther Cunningham, (( Very likely one of the top 3 defensive minds in the NFL’s history. )) run the defense the way he wants, while instilling a new level of intensity. The defense has a chip on their shoulder.
Going into week 10, the Chiefs had the highest rated red zone offense in the NFL. That’s right… better than Indy, better than New England, even better than the Oakland Raiders. (( Sorry, Nightmare, that was cruel of me. ))
Are the Chiefs going to make the playoffs? Well, it’s hard to say. The AFC West is the strongest division in the league, and the AFC as a whole has produced the most powerful teams in the NFL consistently for years. Of course, there are a couple of NFC teams who are powerhouses, but most of the NFC is weak and pathetic.
So, if the Chiefs make the playoffs, there isn’t a team out there who they couldn’t beat, if they played up to their level of ability. We’ve finally stepped out of the shadow of Marty Schottenheimer’s miserable playoff record, and we have a chance to do something. We’d better hurry up and get it done, because in a year or two, we’re going to lose our offensive line to retirement.