Call it bold. Call it comment fodder. Call it absolutely stupid and insane. That is all ok. Just don’t call the following prediction a complete impossibility. If you have payed attention to the NFL season this year at all you know that nothing is impossible.
Yeah, that was a horrible cliche but it is completely true in all of it’s overuse in this case. For only the second time since the NFL-AFL merger, a 1-5 team has come back to take a playoff spot. What is unique about the Kansas City Chiefs is that they are the first team to win 10 straight after going 1-5 and are only the 10th team to close out their season with a 10 game win streak. Nothing is impossible.
After all, these aren’t your average Chiefs. Kansas City has been used to beating themselves over the past 15 years so much that after a 1-5 start, this very site was filled with draft talk and “fire Andy Reid” posts. I will admit that I was feeling the same. I was tired of one-and-done playoff trips and 8-8 seasons. The Chiefs have usually been good enough to make the playoffs but they have to be completely healthy to do so. If they had any injuries, it usually ended up in another wasted season.
This year they have lost Jamaal Charles, Ben Grubbs and Philip Gaines for the entire year. Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, Sean Smith and Jeff Allen have all missed significant time. Yet with all of these injuries to starters, the Chiefs have the fourth best record in the AFC and are 3 point favorites at Houston for the wildcard game. Andy Reid has coached this team extremely well and all of the players believe they can win against any team. Marcus Peters knew it from the start, “There was never any doubt in this locker room.” (via AP)
The Chiefs’ players all know that they are capable of winning the big game. We as fans should come around to that possibility. So how are they going to do it?
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