Around the AFC West: KC Chiefs clinch the division (again!)
By Ellen Mathis
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs handed in another lackluster performance on Sunday and scraped by with an overtime win over the worst team in the league in the Texans. I’ll say that there were definitely some reffing issues that made this game infinitely more frustrating, but the Chiefs really seem to be stepping on their own toes and getting in their own way. Turnovers (the JuJu turnover was certainly one of the questionable reffing decisions) keep happening. Penalties on critical third downs. Special teams issues. It’s just unusual for an Andy Reid-coached team, and that’s what makes it so frustrating!
At the end of the day, a near perfect afternoon from Mahomes helped the Chiefs overcome their issues and resulted in an amazing walk off. Jerick McKinnon is cementing himself as Mr. December with his play in recent weeks and if he keeps this up, sign him to an extension Veach.
What set this up, however, was an incredibly heads-up play by Frank Clark and Willie Gay recovering a critical fumble from Davis Mills:
A win is a win, but I would really like to see a complete game from all three phases heading into the playoffs. That would make me feel like they have the components and can put it all together. When I see that, I’ll be happy. Until then, however, I remain the perpetually negative and despondent Chiefs fan.
Next week, the Chiefs get the Seahawks at home on Christmas Eve. Will I be enjoying this game with a glass of wine? Yes. The Seahawks started off hot but have struggled lately. Regardless, they can certainly put up points and Geno Smith has played well this year. If the Chiefs want that one seed, they need to win out and hope for a Bills loss.
The Chiefs need to take care of business this week and send a statement. Luckily we are probably seeing the return of Mecole Hardman, whose absence was missed more than most like to acknowledge. That with the continuance of games without significant injury is a positive. Let’s put it all together men and keep healthy.