Maybe everybody is right. Maybe all these pundits from Pete Prisco to anyone working for NFL Network know what they’re talking about when they say the Chiefs are a fraud and can only beat the bottom feeders of the NFL. Maybe Patrick Allen was right on the money when he wrote his piece last week, saying the Chiefs may not win another game. Maybe.
Any of you who read my posts here at Arrowhead Addict know that I’m one of the biggest “Kool-Aid Drinkers” on this site. I’ve been a believer even when most have not. My faith has been shaken today.
The Chiefs looked like a team who couldn’t beat an 8th Grade “B” Team today in Arrowhead Stadium against the Indianapolis Colts. For a team who lit up the high light reel last the last two weeks against the Oakland Raiders and the Washington Redskins, the only high lights we’ll see of the Chiefs this week are when the Colts are scoring points. With the exception of the opening drive where Jamaal Charles broke a 31 yard run for a touchdown, the Chiefs offense looked like it decided to take the game off.
Whether it was fumbles — Knile Davis dropped two and lost one, Dexter McCluster dropped one and Alex Smith had two as well, one which he lost in the last four minutes to seal the loss — or Smith’s two interceptions, the Chiefs were happy to give the ball to the Colts today. The thing is, the Chiefs defense that is usually so good at creating takeaways, got none. Not only did the Chiefs offense give the ball away, they allowed the Colts to capitalize on those miscues and score points.
All of this would have been fine, if the Chiefs offense was playing ball. But they weren’t. In fact, the Chiefs didn’t find themselves in the red zone — the first TD doesn’t count because it was scored outside of the red zone — until the third quarter. But, instead of scoring, Smith threw a bad pass to tight end Anthony Fasano that resulted in an interception.
The offense was absolutely dismal today. Going down in the first half, Andy Reid was forced to get away from the running game which mostly negated Charles. Even the screen game — which the Chiefs excelled at last week — was covered with precision by the Colts.
It’s a good thing the Chiefs were able to clinch their spot in the playoffs last week, because they flat out sucked this week.
This is not good news. While winning the AFC West was a longshot to win, there was a possibility until today. Now, that is out of reach as well. With the Denver Broncos dispatching the hapless Houston Texans, the AFC West belongs to the team from the Mile High City. And the Chiefs still have to play the Chargers next week.
I know that there were some bad calls by the officials today. The pass interference call that wasn’t called against Dwayne Bowe where his jersey was physically being pulled away from his body comes to mind. But, good teams find a way to overcome those bad calls and today, the Chiefs weren’t a good team.
So, where does that leave this team moving forward?
As I said earlier, the Chiefs have already punched their ticket to the post season. And luckily (hopefully?) they’ll have the chance at revenge against this Colts team in two weeks. Let’s be honest, the chance of the Colts getting the #2 Seed is slim.
This Chiefs team must find some consistency. Many have asked what the team would like if the defense from the first nine games and the offense from the last four games showed up. Today, we found out what the team would look like if the defense from the last seven weeks and the offense from the first nine weeks showed up. It’s ugly, and today I’m embarrassed to be a Chiefs fan.
You need to get better, Kansas City Chiefs. This fan base is counting on you, Chiefs. Don’t let us down.
All I want for Christmas is a playoff win. After that, we’ll see.