Chiefs Need to Follow Royals Lead

With the Kansas City Royals on the verge of their first post-season birth in 29 years, the Kansas City Chiefs will be at the center of the NFL world Monday Night when they face the New England Patriots at Arrowhead. If the football team can follow the path of its neighboring baseball team, the city of Kansas City might look back at this weekend as the turning point for both franchises.

In the aftermath of their lopsided victory over the Miami Dolphins last Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs have a golden opportunity to climb back in the AFC West with a victory over the New England Patriots Monday Night. In doing so, they would be showing the same grit of their Truman Sports Complex neighbor the Kansas City Royals.

Though the Chiefs stand just 1-2 on the young season, they’ve yet to panic. After an embarrassing loss to the Tennessee Titans in week one, they nearly defeated the Denver Broncos on the road a week later. The team played its best overall game of the season against Miami and enters this week’s match-up with momentum.

But even more than that, this team, much like the Royals, are displaying resilience in the face of adversity. Add that with the fact the Chiefs open the 2014 season facing five of six playoff teams from a year ago. Looming on the immediate horizon their home game against the Patriots followed by back-to-back road games against the San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers.

Granted the Chiefs will enjoy their bye week between California visits, but nonetheless, it’s safe to say once this stretch it’s completed their schedule takes a much easier turn. Of the ten games remaining on the schedule, six of them will be at Arrowhead.

Should the Chiefs win two of those three upcoming contests they would have done themselves well in the face of some serious adversity. Head Coach, Andy Reid, has done a good job not pressing the panic button. Still, who would blame him had he done just that. Between the teams’ poor play to open the season, and a plethora of injuries, he’s steadied a ship that was for all practical purposes sinking into the 2014 abyss.

On Monday Night against the suddenly average Patriots, Reid and his battle tested Chiefs, have an opportunity to gain momentum for the remainder of the season. A loss would be setback, and if the Chiefs have any hopes of salvaging a playoff run in December, they’d have to win both road contests over the next three weeks.

The Patriots are no longer an upper echelon team. The Chiefs on the flip side might be the best 1-2 team in the NFL and that’s what makes this game so vital to both teams.

With a Chiefs victory, they’d serve notice, despite all their setbacks on the field and in the training room, they are an ascending football team. On the other side, should the Patriots win, that would mean they’re not quite ready for the retirement pasture.

The city of Kansas City is certainly in good place right now. With baseball fever about to hit post-season status, the football team needs to capitalize on the baseball teams momentum and reward the community that fuels both major league franchises.

It appears the Royals have done their part by at least advancing to Wild Card baseball in October. The Chiefs, who have always been tops in this market since the Royals 1985 World Series Championship, need to rise to the occasion and take advantage of the moment at hand.

With a victory over the Patriots on Monday Night, they’ll make a statement to the rest of the AFC West, this teams means business in 2014. In fact, should they accomplish that very thing, the Chiefs could match the same level of euphoria as their parking lot neighbors.

The Chiefs are poised to play a meaningful game Monday Night that could alter their season and the Royals might just be hosting the one and done American League Wild Card game in Kansas City.

For a sports town that is as rabidly hungry for another Championship, fans might look back years from now remembering, how these pair of games, could change the fortunes of both the Royals and Chiefs for the next decade.

Photos: Arrowhead Stadium (John Rieger USA Today Sports) & Royals Stadium (Denny Medley USA Today Sports.

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