From the Armchair: Kansas City Chiefs, Week 9
I also was unable to watch this week's win at Buffalo as well, but was able to do more a more substantial breakdown, so here I am -- though this will be brief.
Now down to business. The Kansas City Chiefs are 9-0. Let that sink in for a second. They are the lone undefeated team in the NFL and hold a 1.5 game lead over the idle Broncos in the AFC West.
The Chiefs defense has still yet to allow more than 17 points in a game this season. In fact, their defense has scored almost as many points as it has allowed!
That is the good news. The bad news is that when Jeff Tuel started Sunday's game for the Bills, it was the 5th consecutive game that the Chiefs were facing a quarterback who was not his team's expected starter at the beginning of the season. So there is a bit of luck going on here too.
That could change when the Chiefs come out of a bye in Week 11 to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Denver. He is a bit of an upgrade over the Jeff Tuels and Jason Campbells of the world.
Oh, and did I mention that the Chiefs offense failed to score a touchdown on Sunday. Sure, Dexter McCluster dropped a sure TD, but even if he caught it, one offensive TD likely won't cut it in Denver.
On Sunday, KC was a yard away from being down 2 touchdowns in the 3rd quarter -- a deficit that their beleaguered offense would struggle to climb out of -- when Sean Smith picked off a lazy Tuel pass at the goal line and took in 100 yards for a game-changing TD. Defensive end Tamba Hali netted the Chiefs other TD later on a 11-yard fumble return. Defense can sometimes be your best offense.
I know that this is a very negative take on a 9-0 team, but the Chiefs have primed fans like myself to pray for the best, but expect the worse -- so unfortunately that is what I continue to do.
Until next time, the Chiefs are undefeated and in 1st place.