Expect Chiefs To Overtake San Diego In AFC West

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Oct 19, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) runs while defended by San Diego Chargers strong safety Marcus Gilchrist (38) during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Well then. That was close. 

Kansas City’s first game against division rival San Diego, and only our second divisional game thus far this season, had a lot of implications riding on it. A loss surely would’ve more than likely completely eliminated us from the division race, and worse yet, probably would’ve put a mortal wound in our wildcard chances as well.

So it’s a good thing we didn’t lose then. Kansas City found themselves in the exact same game they played against San Diego twice last year, where the outcome of the game was in the air all the way up until the final seconds.

The difference, of course, being that this year, Kansas City was the team to prevail. A clutch game-winning drive engineered by Alex Smith saw key contributions from Bowe and Kelce that put the team in position for Cairo Santos to kick one through for the win and straight down the throats of his vocal detractors.  (And by the way, no, Bowe didn’t have the game I wanted him to have when I wrote about it last week, but still, he did have a great game, and was arguably a key part of the win. Boy, do we need better receivers though.)

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So what does this mean moving forward?

As you’ve undoubtedly noticed, the NFL seems to be in an odd state of flux right now. You always hear the term “any given Sunday”, but this season it seems to speak volumes on what is happening on the field.

Atlanta demolished Tampa Bay on Thursday Night Football. They haven’t won a game since. Meanwhile, teams like the Steelers and the Patriots have been embarrassed in prime time games, only to rebound for admirable records (4-3 and 5-2 respectably).

The Seattle Seahawks, fresh off a Super Bowl win thanks to a stout, punch-you-in-the-mouth defense, are 3-3 and look considerably tame.

The Cowboys are good. Really good.

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Even the Chiefs themselves exemplify this; despite an embarrassing loss to a hapless Titans team, the Chiefs have rebounded to play some of the best football they have in the Reid-era. This season started with the Chiefs playing bad football. Since then, they’ve not only improved from that one game, but they’ve actually improved from their performance last year.

Like I mentioned earlier, we played this EXACT game twice last year. Both times, the Chiefs came up short. They didn’t Sunday.

What does this mean for this season?