Kansas City Chiefs: Do You Trust Them Yet?

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Nov 29, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware (32) rushes for a touchdown against Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Corbin Bryant (97) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Over the past 11 weeks of the NFL season we have seen five remarkably bad games, followed by five remarkably good games from our Kansas City Chiefs. It is a turnaround getting noticed all over the place.

I normally don’t read Rolling Stone magazine. But when I come across an article labeled “The Unkillable Kansas City Chiefs” I find time to check it out.

The article actually does a good job of summarizing the K.C. resurgence, and noting that the biggest contributors are guys making comebacks (to one degree or another) in their careers. Specifically, shout outs are given to Alex Smith (having lost a spot in San Francisco to injury), Jeremy Maclin (cut a year removed from injury, even though he had a great season), and the man of the hour –  Spencer Ware (whose NFL career was almost non-existent until the Charcandrick West injury).

But the article also had the following question: “Do they actually have a realistic shot at the Super Bowl?”

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The author never gives an answer to that question. At least not directly.  He does note that Kansas City has a “real shot at finishing 11-5.” And also states that by the time the playoffs roll around “there wouldn’t be a team in the entire AFC – from New England to Cincinnati – that would want to face Kansas City.”

Now I am sure there are a number of people in Massachusetts and southern Ohio that would disagree with that last statement. But the point here is that outside sources are doing more than just “taking notice” of the Chiefs now – they have actually begun to trust them.

And not just one writer from Rolling Stone.  ESPN has K.C. in the top 10 of its power rankings, as does FOX Sports, NFL.com, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, and CBS Sports. And they ranked above most, or all, of the other teams with 6-5 records.

So there seems to be a strong amount of faith in the red an gold right now. And somehow that surprises me.

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