Chiefs have Bob’s SUTTON DEATH defense

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Nov 15, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs free safety Eric Berry (29) breaks up a pass to Denver Broncos tight end Owen Daniels (81) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

So, what’s the difference? Why the giant leap for the Chiefs defense?

When the Chiefs hosted the Steelers they were coming off of a five-game losing streak and their backs were against the proverbial firing wall as far as the playoffs were concerned. Calling a game as if your life depends upon it suits the Chiefs well. Now, they’re pulling out all the stops.

With five losses in six games there were lots of reasons the Chiefs players could have turned on each other: losing Jamaal Charles, starting 1-5, or enduring copious media beatings but, they didn’t. Terez Paylor quotes Justin Houston,

"“A season has its ups and downs, but we never turned our backs on each other and started pointing fingers. That’s when bad stuff starts happening.”"

In his piece called, “How Dominant Was the Chiefs Defense on Sunday?” B.J. Kissel wrote that  the Chargers game was outstanding for the defense but that their dominance has also extended beyond that one game:

"“Over the past six games and through this four-game winning streak, the Chiefs have allowed an average of just 12 points per game, which is the best in the NFL over that span.”"

The best in the NFL.

K.C. fans are wanting to see that kind of production over the course of a whole season but a season is a growing entity and it’s far better to be good towards the end of the year than the beginning. Which, is exactly what is going on with the Chiefs… as long as they can sustain it. But this is definitely progress.

Progress, yes, but the Chiefs will need to win when they host a tough and talented Buffalo Bills team on Sunday, a team which just went 15 rounds with the perfect New England Patriots and at one point had them on the ropes. The defense will have to dictate the game to the Buffalo offense because their defense may be just as formidable as the Chiefs defense.

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