From the Armchair: Kansas City Chiefs, Week 15

12/17/13 in NFL   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Dec 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) catches a 71 yard touchdown pass against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Coliseum. The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 56-31. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY SportsThe Chiefs are going to the playoffs, the Chiefs are going to the playoffs! 

Coming off of a 2-14 season, few would expect Kansas City to be playoff-bound in 2013, but after a 56-31 drubbing of Oakland, it is official: the Chiefs will play in the postseason. 

After losing three games in a row, KC has bounced back by thumping two teams it should thump: the Redskins and the Raiders. Not all is well in the world in Kansas City -- the defense, which was exposed during that three-game losing streak, is still taking lumps. The good news is, the offense is playing like a force right now. 

And that force begins with the one-man fantasy football wrecking ball, Jamaal Charles (yes, he is on all three of my fantasy teams). Charles was less running back and more receiver on Sunday, catching four touchdowns and running for another. His play in the open field is a thing of beauty, where he is almost un-tackle-able. 

Without Charles who knows where this team would be? Knile Davis has shown some flashes of talent, but Jamaal Charles is the Chiefs offense. Consider this: KC has 384 yards of offense on Sunday. Charles had 215 of them -- and he didn't play most of the 4th quarter!

Even with Charles, is this a team that can win its first playoff game in 20 years? Without some help from Houston or Oakland beating Denver, Kansas City is destined for a first round road game at Indianapolis (their Week 16 opponent) or Cincinnati. 

Would Chiefs fans consider a 13-3 season, but 1-and-done in the playoffs, a success? I don't know. I think most of the KC fan base would do anything for a playoff win. Going 11-5 with a Wild Card weekend win would be a success, I think. 

For takeaways from Sunday's game, head to page 2. 
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