Few, if any, of the so-called “experts” have praised head coach Andy Reid for neutralizing defending Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt. It’s as if his failure to contribute was a complete aberration and not the result of Reid’s offensive preparation. Watt was the only storyline with any merit coming into the game. Everyone wanted to know what Big Red had up his sleeve. How would he limit the four-time Pro Bowler? After rendering Watt completely ineffective (he had just one assisted tackle on the day), no one wanted to talk about the job he did schematically to take him out of the game.
I’m not here to decry the elusive national spotlight for the Chiefs, but I think it’s convenient that one of the most convincing wins from the first round of the postseason is being glossed over. Kansas City’s 11-game win streak may be one of the quietest in recent memory. It’s been talked about over the past 2.5 months, but I’ve heard it explained away ad nauseum. The Chiefs are supposedly the by-product of inferior competition, but we all know that rests upon the flimsy premise that favored team always wins in the NFL. If facing weaker teams were all it took to orchestrate a ten-game, regular season win streak, the Raiders would’ve been much more successful, over the past 13 seasons, having consistently played a third or fourth-place schedule.
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