Chiefs Have a Mountain to Climb

The Chiefs have a little momentum heading into Sunday's showdown with Indianapolis but let's not get too hyped, there's a slim chance that the Chiefs make the playoffs this season.

The Chiefs might not be able to lose more than one or two more times because of the current state of the AFC standings. Still ten teams have a better record right now than the 2-4 Chiefs.

New England Patriots (6-0)
NY Jets & Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1)
Jacksonville Jaguars & Denver Broncos (5-2)
Baltimore Ravens & Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
San Diego Chargers (4-3)
Houston Texans (3-3)
Cleveland Browns (3-4)

Since only six teams make the playoffs in each conference, the Chiefs will have to leapfrog Denver and San Diego and win the West, or hope that at least half of the other teams ahead of them take a major dive.

We're only seven weeks into the season but it looks like the Pats could win anywhere from 14 to 16 games. The Jets are for real. Pittsburgh and Baltimore are battling for the top spot in the AFC North and the Jaguars and Colts are both very good teams.

I'm not sold on the Chargers yet as Marty's defense if giving up 20.3 points per game. That puts them right in the middle of the pack. Combine that with LaDainian Tomlinson's groin injury and that team could be headed for a fall. It's imperative that the Chiefs win both games from San Diego later in the season.

Houston is young and filled with confidence, but I'm not sold on their defense either. The Texans have allowed opponents to convert 50% on third down. That's last in the NFL. They've also committed 52 penalties and only six teams in the NFL have more.

Cleveland has a hell of a schedule to play. The Browns toughest road game is at Baltimore and they play host to New England, the Jets and Steelers.

When it comes down to it, K.C. may have to go 8-2 to finish the season and hope that the Jets, Jaguars, Chargers and Broncos fold down the stretch to have any kind of a shot at getting a wild card berth.

Kushner's Notes:
With eight rushing touchdowns against Atlanta last Sunday, the Chiefs accomplished quite a feat you may not know about. Only five teams other than Kansas City have eight rushing touchdowns ALL SEASON! Buffalo has zero.

The Chiefs held the ball for an astounding 38:54 against the Falcons. K.C. now has the second-best time of possession per game at 32:49. Denver is tops at 33:21. If the Chiefs can control the clock against Indianapolis, I like their chances.

The 56-10 blowout of Atlanta was impressive, but not the biggest shellacking in franchise history. In 1963 (the first year the team played in Kansas City), the Chiefs whipped the Broncos 59-7. Also that season, Kansas City blasted the Jets 43-0. That '63 team beat the Broncos 52-21 later in the year, outscoring Denver 111-28!

The Chiefs finished 1963 with a record of (5-7-2).

As I wrote on Sunday, I don't know if there has ever been as dominating of a performance by an offensive line as I saw by the Chiefs front five against Atlanta. The League office noticed when they awarded Guard Brian Waters the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. It marked the first time since the inception of the award in '84 that an offensive lineman has been selected as the Offensive Player of the Week in either conference.

Let's face it, the NFL should have given the award to the WHOLE Kansas City Chiefs offensive line.

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