Chiefs Bounce Back Again

After a pair of tough road losses in Weeks 5 and 6, the Kansas City Chiefs returned to Arrowhead and got back on track with a solid victory over Jacksonville. After another rough two-game road trip in Weeks 9 and 10, which included the infamous beating in Denver, the Chiefs righted the ship with a convincing win over Arizona.

But on the heels of last week's embarrassing defeat in San Diego, it was absolutely critical for the Chiefs to offer up another display of resiliency if they wanted to keep their postseason hopes alive. That's exactly what happened in St. Louis on Sunday, as the Chiefs overcame a shaky first quarter to take a 27-13 victory over the Rams.

As a result of the win, the Chiefs remain one game ahead of San Diego and two ahead of Oakland with just two games left to play in the season. K.C. controls its own destiny and can earn a division championship by beating their next two opponents. Both games will be played at Arrowhead, where the Chiefs have yet to lose this year.

In their three bounce-back games this season, the Chiefs have outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 100-46. Granted, the level of competition they faced may have had something to do with that stat. The Chiefs faced a Jaguars team that was starting a third-string quarterback, and Arizona and St. Louis are both patsies from the NFC West.

But scoring convincing victories is exactly what a good team should do in those situations. Todd Haley may still be hesitant to label the Chiefs a "good team", but he and his coaching staff deserve a lot of credit for getting their players to shake off some difficult losses.

After the defeat in Denver, Haley reportedly took a "back to basics" approach during the practices leading into the following game. That same type of mindset appeared to pay dividends in St. Louis, particularly as it relates to the run defense. After getting gashed by the run in their last two games, the Chiefs held Rams' running back Steven Jackson to 67 yards on 19 carries, with his longest run of the day only going for eight yards.

As their rebound wins go, the victory in St. Louis may have been the Chiefs' most impressive of the bunch. Not just because they held Jackson in check, and not just because the team was relying on Matt Cassel only eleven days after his appendectomy. But mainly because it was the only bounce-back win to have taken place on the road.

Well, it was technically a road game. But the thousands of Chiefs fans on hand might disagree with that assessment.

Haley and company have done a great job at helping the team get past adversity, but there's no time for any more setbacks. With a pair of must-win games to close out the season, the Chiefs can't afford to have any more losses, no matter how well they bounce back from them.

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