Do injuries catalyze the Chiefs?

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Oct 18, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid gestures during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Chiefs 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

It is something Chiefs fans have seen before. When Romeo Crennel took over as head coach in Week 15 of the 2011 season, the team was 5-8. Then in the first game under Crennel the Chiefs  went out and handed the Green Bay Packers their only loss of the season. He was 2-1 that year, including a season ending win over the Broncos. However, his tenure was short lived as the one full year he served in that position saw Kansas City go 2-14 in 2012.

Crennel was not a good head coach, but when he was named to that position in 2011 it gave the Chiefs something new to rally around, and they were able to end an already lost season on a high note.

Reid has more talent to work with than Crennel did. Enough that when the teams gets motivated it can compete with any other team in the league. But if Reid and the rest of the coaching staff cannot keep them motivated then all that talent goes to waste.

This Sunday will bring another good opportunity. It is the most unusual home game you could imagine – one where you have to travel to another continent and play in an unfamiliar stadium. But the opponent is a Lion’s team that looks to be very vulnerable.

Will a motivated Chiefs team show up this weekend in London? If they do, this should be an easy win. If they do not, then the calls for Reid’s head will only continue to become more warranted.