While there were plenty of things that we learned from the loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon, nothing more than the simple fact that the Kansas City Chiefs need this bye week.
The Kansas City Chiefs went on the road on Sunday afternoon to face the Dallas Cowboys in a game that was, for many fans like myself, miserable to watch. There were some flashes of good things in this game, but nothing to help the fact that many of us walked away from this game feeling very little confidence.
The Chiefs now go into a bye week that could not come at a better time. While the Chiefs started off strong in 2017 going 5-0, they have lost three of the last four games finishing at 6-3 leading into the bye week. I was not someone that expected them to be 6-3 at this point in the season so you would think I would be a little more upbeat about the record.
Unfortunately, I’m not. The Chiefs started off the season the first five weeks looking like a completely different offense and gave many promises of being a Super Bowl contender. While they are still in the race and every team has their flaws, we have seen too many problems these last four weeks for me to feel confident that this could be the year the Chiefs go to the biggest game of the year.
We saw the Chiefs win against some of the best teams in the league to start off the season, but these last few weeks have seen some very troubling losses and even a troubling win. My biggest hopes are that the Chiefs can get things turned back around and be firing on all cylinders when they come out of the bye.
The good news is that Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is very successful not only in the game right after the bye week, but going forward as well. Another bit of good news is that the schedule after the bye week is much easier than the first nine games. So can the Chiefs still find themselves being real Super Bowl contenders by the end of the season outside the eyes of loyal fans?
While the schedule being lighter after the bye week is good for the Chiefs in the sense of winning regular season games in hope of getting a first-round bye in the playoffs, it doesn’t make me more confident about the playoffs. Winning against teams like the New York Giants, New York Jets, and Miami Dolphins does not make you a better contender or leave me feeling more confident about what happens in the playoffs.