#4 – The Chiefs (Should) Want This More
Sep 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry (29) celebrates after a play during the second half of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
This game is huge for both teams, and for the AFC playoff picture. So it isn’t surprising that it was picked for the Sunday primetime game. As much as it is a big game in its own right, it should mean more for Kansas City for several reasons.
First, there is simply the revenge factor. The Chiefs won almost every single column of the box score against Denver in Week 2. Alex Smith even passed for more yards than Peyton Manning. No one expected them to have a chance in that game, but KC was driving deep in Bronco territory, down only seven, at the end of the fourth quarter. The Chiefs could have won that game, and should come out with a passion this week to prevent a repeat.
Second, losing would practically give the division to Denver. If the Chiefs lose, they will fall two games back in the division with only four games left in season. Denver would also own the tiebreaker. That scenario would be almost impossible to come back from. But, if KC can come away with a victory, they will draw into a tie with the Broncos and the AFC West will still be up for grabs.
Finally, there is winning for Eric Berry. It is common in the NFL to dedicate games, or even seasons, to individuals associated with the team in times of loss or hardship. See, for instance, Brett Favre’s classic Monday Night Football performance after the passing of his father, the “Chuck Strong” campaign from the Colts, or the Lamar Hunt Patch on the Chiefs’ jerseys. Though it may be relatively meaningless in the grand scheme of things, a primetime victory over the Broncos in Arrowhead is about the best way I can think of for the Chiefs to honor #29.
Thoughts and prayers to the Berry family. And as always, HAIL TO THE CHIEFS!