Happy Thoughts at 0-3

  • I hope both the Bills and the Lions go undefeated this year. The better they look, the less heat we have to take for our pathetic showings against them in the season openers. If the Bills can beat down the Patriots, I don’t feel bad that the Chiefs were just another notch on their victim list. Plus, just as we were the Cinderella story of last year, we can all warm our hearts by watching their (inevitably quixotic) quests to reach and push deep into the playoffs.
  • It’s been a while since I’ve had to struggle to piece together a rational, yet apologist case for why the Chiefs were a relevant team. As they rose to the top of the division last year, they fought their own battles on the field. Now that they’ve come back to Earth and are once again one of those infuriatingly fluky, hot-and-cold, poorly coached teams in the league, it’s our turn again to get their backs. It’s always nice to feel needed. And thus, keep your heads up high, Addicts! Surely our rhetorical skills at smack talking, our scientific prowess at stat-mining and our intestinal fortitude to endure nauseating displays of pigskin dysfunction are enough for us to keep the brave, yet ineffective Chiefs aloft into a few competitive games, some verbal brawls with Raiders fans and eventually another top-5 draft selection.
  • Also, (cliché moral victory argument alert!) I think this game against the Chargers had the best possible outcome for the Chiefs long-term. Here’s why after the jump:

1. I think we may have gotten the “bad” out of our system. The first half of the game was god-awful. But, then, after 10-straight quarters of ineptitude, Haley somehow reignited the team’s self-pride and we strode out to an impressive near-comeback at the end.

2. It’s a game we likely wouldn’t have won under normal circumstances. At the end of the day, no one can fault KC for losing close against the Chargers in San Diego. Last two times we played in San Diego we lost 31-0 and 37-7. You don’t want to lose close against beatable opponents, but making a good showing against a top-10 team is nothing to sneeze at.

3. We still lost. Yes, this is a good thing. It sends a message. While we may have begun a turnaround, the players need to understand that we have to play a complete game to win. With this taste of a near-win, the Chiefs are going to be on a blood lust going into the very winnable game next week against the Vikes. It may not save our season, but it could mean that we will at least be competitive in our tough schedule down the stretch. As bad as we have been in the first half, being outscored 50-10, they have been worse in the second half, being outscored 57-6 so far. And, remember, it’s the last half that matters.

4. The Chiefs showed that they can play pretty stingy defense without Eric Berry, and be effective on offense without Moeaki and Charles. That’s something about which I think everyone had their doubts. The key in this game, obviously is going to be stopping the run, something we haven’t done well all season. But, I think the biggest X-factors in this game are the Brandons in the backfield. McNabb has not played well at all. If they bench him and go with their rookie, he’ll probably be worse. We need to have our good defense make up for our bad offense with some picks-to-points. I also think McCluster can be effective; they have a pretty lead-footed defensive front seven. The little guy should be able to get away from them.

Can’t wait till next week, 1-3 here we come!

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