But this week? There's only one thing the Chiefs need to do.
It doesn't matter how the Chiefs do it, either. You want to win 2-0 on the strength of the best defensive performance out of the Chiefs in years? Go right ahead. Want to put up 40 and win by a point? We don't care. Want to blow them out? That'd be nice, but not necessary.
Just win, baby (I figure the Chiefs can steal that catchphrase. Hey, the Raiders aren't using it anymore!).
Herm Edwards said it best.
"You just need to win a game," said Edwards. "If you can win a game you can gain some confidence and get some momentum going."
More than anything else, a little confidence is what this Chiefs team needs right now. The players are probably just as frustrated as the fans are.
And let's be honest. The San Francisco 49ers are not a good football team. Are they as bad as they were last year? No. But it doesn't matter.
If the Chiefs want to be a playoff team, they have to win this game. You have to beat bad teams at home.
There should be no reason why they can't beat the 49ers. The defense has shut down superior offenses, and none of those were led by second-year quarterbacks.
And the offense? Larry Johnson racked up 126 yards two weeks ago against a Denver defense that has allowed only one touchdown all year. He should run wild this Sunday against a 49ers defense that is allowing 4.7 yards-per-carry. And for the first time all year, the Chiefs' passing offense gets a break. San Francisco gave up over 200 yards passing in one half last week.
So yes, the Chiefs should win this game.
And if they don't? Well, if that happens, then it's quite simple. We'll know exactly what we have in Kansas City:
A bad football team.
There you have it. If the Chiefs fall to 0-3, they are, without a doubt, a bad football team.
Not even the dismal John Mackovic and Frank Gansz teams of the 80's had an 0-3 start. Marty's teams never even came close to starting 0-3. Gunther Cunningham's worst start was 0-2.
Kansas City has been 0-3 only one time in the last 20 years. They finished that year (2004) 7-9, never really threatening to make the playoffs.
And if they go 0-3 this year, they'll probably be worse than that 2004 team. They'll be so bad that there will be no point in Trent Green returning this year.
And you know what? That's OK, too. If Edwards needs to mortgage this season for the sake of the future, go ahead. Rome wasn't built in a day, and sometimes you've got to break a few eggs to make an omelet.
But I'm getting ahead of myself here, not to mention using way too many clichés.
And I really don't want to even consider the possibility of this Chiefs team falling to 0-3. There's just too much talent on the roster for that to happen. Plus, I've already got my tickets for two home games this November.
The 49ers last road game was in Arizona. They lost. They lose tomorrow.
Chiefs Memoir of the Week:
In last week's column I gave you the rundown on my best (and worst) Chiefs memories. Now I'm opening the floor to everyone. I'll feature one a week, starting today. Here's this week's submission from Ari in Lee's Summit:
Paying for Chiefs season tickets can be very expensive and highly overrated. That is why I decided in 1995 to be a beer vendor at Arrowhead.
You go into the tunnel that is in between the stadiums about an hour before kickoff to get ready for the game. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME BEER VENDING? I was, for about two games, and then I realized how crappy of a job it is.
It was time for a new approach. Instead of working the game, how about I WATCH the game instead? The next two games were away, so I had to wait until the Monday Night Football matchup against the Chargers.
I decided that it would be better to be a little later this time, so I got to Arrowhead right at kickoff. I went through the tunnel and through the checkpoint, went to the nearest bathroom and removed the beer vending badge. I then went to the upper deck and found the nearest concourse aisle without a security guard, and stood there watching the game until a guard would tell me to leave.
Moving around from concourse tunnel to tunnel is kind of a pain in the backside, but that is the price you pay for free entrance to Arrowhead. It was then that I decided to make friends with the people in luxury suites. I put the badge back on, and went to the Club Level to make some new acquaintances. Next thing you know, I am in a luxury suite drinking beer with my new found friends, enjoying an amazing game that Tamarick Vanover won for the good guys on a kickoff return in overtime.
Considering I parked over by Taco Bell, it was a very fun, FREE experience. One of 31 FREE Chiefs experiences, including the 1995 and 1997 playoff games. Eight games free in 1996. Eleven games free in 1997. I stopped going to Chiefs games for free in 2001, as I figured 9/11 would make them crack down on security. I have since, according to Carl Peterson, become a real Chiefs fan, and I pay my way in. However, I noticed that they still have yet to change the beer badges.
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