Our old friend Jason Whitlock is at it again. He has been trashing the Chiefs the entire season and getting a win over the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars isn’t going to change his mind.
Whitlock again is criticizing the Chiefs in his weekly NFL truths column. Whitlock claims that the 4-2 record the Chiefs are currently sporting is a mirage thanks to their soft schedule and the fact that they have played two teams that were starting backup QB’s.
The truth is, Kansas City’s 4-2 record is a mirage and Haley knows it. Kansas City is feasting on a soft schedule and good fortune. Two of their four victories came against backup quarterbacks (Cleveland and Jacksonville). The other two victories are over two of the league’s most disappointing teams (San Diego and San Francisco). Cleveland, Jacksonville, San Diego and San Francisco have a combined record of 8-20.
My thoughts after the jump.
Whitlock isn’t being unfair here but that doesn’t make him right. The Chiefs have been benefiting from a soft schedule and they will continue to do so as the season wears on but that still doesn’t change the fact that the Chiefs lost games to the Browns, Jaguars and Bills a season ago and yet are poised to beat all three of them this year if they take care of the Bills on Sunday.
The other information Whitlock seems to be conveniently ignoring is how well the Chiefs played on the road in Indianapolis and Houston. Sure there are no moral victories in the NFL but the Texans and Colts would have destroyed the 2009 Kansas City Chiefs.
Eventually the 2010 Kansas City Chiefs will have to beat a team with a winning record if they want any shot of winning a playoff game. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, they may not get that chance to do that until Week 16 when the Tennessee Titans come to Arrowhead.
Yet the Chiefs, for the most part, are playing the same teams as their division rivals and so far, they are getting the job done where the others aren’t. Isn’t that worth a division title? How can that be a mirage?
Good teams beat bad teams and right now the Chiefs are doing just that. While that may not be enough to convince Jason Whitlock that the Chiefs are a good team, it is certainly good enough for Chiefs Nation.
And if the Chiefs keep it up, their “mirage” of a season might just lead them to the oasis of a home playoff game.