The Kansas City Chiefs still haven’t played their best football
By Grant Tuttle
After a huge victory in New England, many are starting to give the Chiefs another look. The truth is, however, this is not the best this team can be.
The Kansas City Chiefs won an unlikely and unusual victory on Sunday. Until their win over the New England Patriots, quarterbacks under the age of 25 were winless at Foxborough since 2001. When Tom Brady and Julian Edelman were both active, the Patriots were 36-0 against AFC opponents at home. That all changed on Sunday when the Chiefs defeated the Patriots in a game of very questionable calls from referees on the account of both teams.
Lost in the commotion of the 23-16 victory was the fact of how dominant the Chiefs defense was on the road in a tough environment. If not for a couple of trick plays that New England’s offense deployed, it would have been a complete shutout. Brady to Edelman on a flea-flicker accounted for 37 of Brady’s 169 passing yards. Further, the Patriots were held in check in the running game, rushing for 94 yards despite the rough season the Chiefs have had against the run. Impressive as the game was, the Chiefs could have beaten the Patriots by 20 points.
The Chiefs have been held down for a number of reasons, but have persevered to hold on to the AFC West for the 4th straight season. The victory on Sunday was the start of the race to end of the season, and the Chiefs will have a chance to get themselves right for the postseason. Yes, the Chiefs are 9-4, but here are some of the struggles that the Chiefs have faced this season.