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How Kansas City Should Approach Second Half of the Season

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Call it benefit of an easy schedule, or call it how it truly is: a great team finding ways to win.

Over the last several weeks many people are putting the Kansas City Chiefs 9-0 record under a microscope and trying to dissect how this 2-14 team went from worst to first during the offseason.

If the first half was “easy” then the second half will test every aspect of the team. This week they are on the bye, but then the meat of the schedule comes as they face the Broncos twice in three weeks, the Andrew Luck-led Colts, San Diego twice, the Raiders and the Redskins. Those are  all good teams, and the Chiefs face the challenge of not only winning, but showing the NFL, and themselves, that they are as good as the record states.

So how should the 9-0 Chiefs approach the rest of the season?

The same way they’ve been doing it all season long.

The Chiefs are playing nitty gritty in your face defense, while their offense limits the turnovers and continually finds ways to move the ball and eat up the clock.

There may be countless questions about whether or not the offense can hold pace with the Broncos and beat these better teams, but  winning will come down to more than just keeping pace.

It’s all about the defense.

If this defense keeps holding opponents to 20 points and under, the offense has enough skill to get points on the board and keep them in games.

Will the Chiefs go the season undefeated? No. Probably not.

They will have some hard fought games coming up, and it will test them as a team.

But, can they continuing their winning ways by playing Chiefs football? Absolutely . The Chiefs don’t need to change their approach at all after the bye week. They just need to keep finding ways to win game. It doesn’t matter if it’s pretty. All that matters is that it’s a win.

What do you think Addicts? Do the Chiefs need to change up their game plan in order to keep winning? Sound off!


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  • Ed Mayer

    I am tired of everyone dismissing the 9-0 record. No team since the 80′s had held 9 teams under 17 points. Yet when the Ravens win their first super bowl, with defense, they were not ridiculed like the Chiefs. Maybe that defense was more flashy with Ray Lewis. Who cares. Chiefs fans know how good this team is and we are all fed up with the pundits and their excuses of a weak schedule. It is difficult enough to win in the NFL and win on the road. But this team has done it 9 consecutive weeks. Denver and San Diego have not faced a defense this good and we have not faced an offense like Denver’s. But I like our chances the rest of the way?!

  • Auburn78

    Good article. Only issue was “the offense continues to find ways to move the ball”. If we are being fair and objective the offense is seriously struggling to find ways to move the ball. D is still doing is job. But offense is in a funk right now. Teams are taking away the short game and saying find another way to beat us. Right now the offense isn’t. Does not mean they cant snap out of it, and who better then the Donkeys to snap out of it against honestly. Smith is doing a great job of not forcing it. When forced to throw deep however his guys need to start catching them damn balls. Denver can be beat, and Chiefs CAN do it, but may have to step out of comfort zone

  • ChiefsSwede

    Nick, great article! 4days ago your collegue Tom posted an article that made me so upset I had to sign up to be able to comment for the first time in 2yrs!
    I think you’re hitting it perfectly, they shouldn’t change anything! They are making game winning plays in all 3 phases so just be patient and see who’s ready to step up and make that play!!! Having experienced unbalanced team before (Chiefs under Vermeil, love the guy though…) and after that…well, moving on…you gonna love the strength/balance of this team !
    Yes, it’s getting tougher down the stretch and it hasn’t been statistically pretty for media (but football pretty in my book) but If we can continue to improve in every game and stay healthy, SB is not a pipe dream and I’ll be there!!
    Go Chiefs!

  • freshmeat62

    Can’t wait to see Manning getting all antsy, w/ the Chiefs D closing in on him. The Chiefs the last several weeks have had to play a more conservative, contain type D upfront because of the QB’s they played. Well Payton ain’t going nowhere. I can see Sutton turning the dogs loose a little more next week. Same goes for when they play Rivers and SD.

    I’d like to know what they’re doing w/ the o-line this week – specifically LG and C. If they can do something to where those 2 positions are not just a revolving door, I can see the offense, not great by any means, but being good enough to win some playoff games. Maybe all of them.

  • Mark Bustamante

    Play one game at a time!!! Focus a the job at hand. Take nothing for granted and acknowledge that every game is a challenge!!!

  • Selena G

    No matter what happens!!!
    GO CHIEFS!!!

  • kcchiefinlv

    Great article Nick!