Kansas City Chiefs: Time to Panic? Vol 2.0
By Nick Floyd
Two weeks on nationally televised games against divisional opponents, two huge losses. That has been the mantra of the Kansas City Chiefs lately. As the team has so artfully demonstrated, starting games off slowly and allowing the opposing team to cram the ball down the throat of the defense, has not been the way to win. The Chiefs find themselves well out of overtaking the leading Denver Broncos, but just above the lowly Oakland Raiders, in third place among the AFC West.
There is unrest with the fanbase as the Chiefs, who once were winning 7 out of 8 games, lost back-to-back games in front of a live studio audience. The offense, which relies heavily on their star running back Jamaal Charles, have seemingly abandoned the run after falling behind by two or more scores. The offensive line fell apart at the seams as quarterback Alex Smith has been under severe pressure from the defense, forcing bad throws and his first pick in quite awhile. There are bad plays, bad special teams, and a defense that has been torn apart in the run game.
Is it time to panic, Chiefs Kingdom?
Well the natural reaction is, yes, it is time to panic. The Chiefs had their playoff berth clearly in hand and they have fumbled the ball.
Had the Chiefs pulled out the victory over the visiting Broncos, it would have put them in first place and on a straight path back to the postseason. As it turns out, the Chiefs suffered another heartbreaker of a loss, and find themselves still currently in the hunt. However, they are in the hunt with 6 other teams, Miami should beat the Jets, who have the same record, clamoring for the last spot as it draws near. Yes, they will own the tie breaker against two of the teams fighting, but unless changes are made, this team could miss the playoffs for yet another year.
Nov 30, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) is sacked by Denver Broncos strong safety T.J. Ward (43) during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
It is hard to be optimistic about this team going forward.Their path to the postseason is not a gold-lined highway, it is a nasty muddy road and the Chiefs need to learn to fight together for the playoffs. They still have hard games on the road at Arizona and at Pittsburgh. They have Oakland at home, who got man-handled by the Rams in a throbbing of 52-0, but the surging Chargers are also slated to come to Arrowhead. This last game of the year could have the biggest impact yet, especially if the Chiefs continue to downslide.
This team has talent. This team can play with passion and be competitive. They have the tools to be in contention for the playoffs; they simply need to put themselves back together. Hopefully, this is not a sign of things to come as the Chiefs continue to struggle, but pick themselves back up. The Chiefs have their second trip to the postseason up for grabs; all they need to do is reach.
So is it really time to panic, Chiefs Kingdom? No, but we need to be cautious, if the Chiefs cannot pull themselves back up, the hope of two postseasons in a row will disappear.
What say you, Addicts? Is this time to panic in the Chiefs Kingdom? Are we going to miss the playoffs? Comment below.
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