The Chiefs are somehow playing amazing football

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Oct 11, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) moves under pressure from Chicago Bears outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (92) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Chicago won the game 18-17. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

And it appeared things had turned, as the Chiefs held the lead throughout the game. That is until the very end when they allowed Jay Cutler to drive the Bears to victory in a game where K.C. scored its second fewest points of the season. The fewest points came the very next week in Minnesota. The Vikings were a good team, but not some insurmountable obstacle, and the Chiefs really needed a win, but came up short.

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At that point, I had run out of excuses. This team was not just having some bad breaks, they were flat out playing like a bad team. They had way too much talent and potential to play like they did. Hopes that this season could be salvaged were completely gone. Kansas City had underperformed so badly that the Kansas City Star reported that the Chiefs had only a 1.5 percent chance of making the playoffs at that point in the season. And they had the fifth best odds of getting the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

If ever there were numbers that told you your season was over, those would be the ones. Apparently, that news did not make it into the Kansas City locker room, as the Chiefs began winning in decisive fashion immediately thereafter. But after watching those five straight losses, I had just finished making excuses and was not about to get my hopes too high again.

The Steelers were a quality team, but did not have Ben Roethlisberger. The game against the Lions could not be described as anything but impressive, but it was the Lions after all. A team that entered the game at 1-6.

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