For three weeks in a row now, I’ve sat down and tried to put a positive spin on Chiefs’ losses with the “Earning Their Arrowheads” feature.
To be frank tough, that’s tougher than it would seem.
Sure, Kansas City has done some great things over the past few weeks, but losing three in a row, including one to a Chargers team that the Chiefs should have beat? That’s unacceptable in my opinion.
Kansas City went from the leader in the AFC West to a team that has to now hold on to a Wildcard seed.
Can the Chiefs still make the playoffs and make a huge splash? Absolutely.
The defense still has the building blocks that made it one of the best in the NFL earlier this season. And if it can get Justin Houston back sooner rather than later, a return to form is possible.
Ironically enough, its been the offense that has stepped up and led this team in the three losses. Though not perfect, Alex Smith has made some beautiful throws and the passing game has started to click. He’s thrown for 817 yards and seven touchdowns in the past three games, which certainly flies in the face of his game-manager label.
Jamaal Charles has been an example of consistency, rushing for three touchdowns in as many games, and pass-catchers like Dwayne Bowe, Anthony Fasano and even Junior Hemingway have stepped up.
Special teams has been good as usual, including a 108 yard kickoff return from Knile Davis, and overall, the team has competed admirably.
Still, while competing is admirable, losing is never acceptable in the NFL.
This is the time of the year when the contenders and pretenders start to separate themselves from the pack. And even though the Chiefs have been unexpectedly great this season, they’ve been disappointing through this three-game losing skid.
Some of you may think I’m being too harsh. After all, nobody expected the Chiefs to ever be in this position after last season, right? While that may be true, I firmly believe that’s an attitude of complacency, and it’s one that I don’t want to promote here on Arrowhead Addict.
In order to be the best, you have to have high expectations, and this Chiefs team has proven to us that it can compete among the best in league.
From here on out, it’s up to us to not grow complacent with an exciting, surprise season and instead, demand the best out of a team that has the pieces to be very successful.
So, until the Chiefs can get back on to the winning track, I will not hand out any Arrowheads.
Excuse me for believing that a NFL team on a three-game losing skid doesn’t deserved to be praised.