The Kansas City Chiefs are lucky to be 1-9.
If not for a horrible New Orleans Saints defense and a herculean effort by RB Jamaal Charles, KC would be sitting at 0-10 and would have a real chance to be only the second NFL team in history to go winless.
At this point, there isn’t too much to look forward to for Chiefs fans. Some are hoping to see GM Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel fired before the end of the year but that will likely only provide momentary relief because even though it will signify that the changes the fans have been calling for are on the way, those changes won’t be made until the offseason.
Probably the only exciting thing left for fans to pay attention to is if the Chiefs will win another game and where the team will be drafting come April 2013.
As of now, the Chiefs are the frontrunners to land the #1 overall pick in the draft, however there is some stiff competition out there. The Jacksonville Jaguars are also 1-9 and look equally as bad as Kansas City. There is a real chance both teams could finish the year 1-15.
In large part, the Chiefs control their own destiny here because they play both the Browns and the Panthers down the stretch. Should they beat either of those teams, they could very well play themselves out of the top pick.
Let’s take a look at the Chiefs’ remaining schedule and see if we can find any wins.
Sun, Nov 25 vs Denver
No chance. The Broncos are fairly strong on both offense and defense. Plus, Peryton Manning is having a terrific season. It is hard to see any of the current KC QB’s out-dueling him, especially with Von Miller roaming the Denver defense.
Sun, Dec 2 vs Carolina
If you want the Chiefs to lose out for draft position then this game should scare you. The Panthers are pretty bad and the feature a very soft defense. The wildcard for the Chiefs is Jamaal Charles. If he gets enough touches he could pull off an encore of his performance against the New Orleans Saints.
Carolina doesn’t have that strong of a running game so if the KC defense can contain Cam Newton, the Chiefs could have a chance here. Then again, Romeo Crennel and Brian Daboll could decide to give Jamaal Charles just five carries again so you never know.
Sun, Dec 9 @ Cleveland
On paper, this should be another winnable game for KC. The Browns have just two wins and I’m already calling this game the “Worst Coach in the NFL Bowl.” If anyone can out-bad-coach Romeo Crennel, it is Browns head coach Pat Shurmur. Shurmur is in the Herm Edwards camp of coaching ineptitude. At least Crennel is bad enough to give the Chiefs absolutely no chance. Shurmur, like Edwards, is a different kind of bad. He prefers to coach his team out of winning close games rather than just letting them get blown out.
If the Browns can get Trent Richardson going, they should take this one easily. If the game is close in the fourth quarter, however, beware. Shurmur will do everything in his power to ensure the Browns blow it.
Sun, Dec 16 @ Oakland
If the Chiefs couldn’t beat the Raiders at Arrowhead they probably won’t do it in Oakland. KC has had some success in Oakland recently but the key to this game will be covering the Raiders receivers and tackling them once they catch the ball, a task the KC DBs have proven to been woefully inadequate at over the last few years.
Oh and the Chiefs will have to score points, as well. That is another thing they aren’t good at.
Sun, Dec 23 vs Indianapolis
Given the state of the AFC playoff race, the Colts and rookie QB Andrew Luck could well be playing for a playoff spot. No way the Chiefs win this game.
Sun, Dec 30 @ Denver
This one could be fun. If for some reason the Broncos are still playing their starters, the Chiefs are almost guaranteed to lose. If, however, Denver has already clinched the AFC West and are playing their backups, one of two things is likely to happen.
The Chiefs beat the Broncos’ second-stringers, thus winning their second game of the season and losing out on the #1 pick in the draft to the Jaguars. One final F-U from John Elway.
The Chiefs’ starters LOSE to the Denver backups, thus completing the most humiliating football season in Kansas City history.
What do you think, Addicts? Will the Chiefs win another game this season?