What is an acceptable loss? Is there such a thing? Or should you always expect your team to win 100% of the time?
In the age of salary caps and free agency, the leveling of the playing field has seen dramatic things in the NFL. The once mighty (Jets, Giants, Vikings) are relegated to 'okay' status while the once "who the hell are these guys" (Patriots, Buccaneers, Texans) are suddenly looking liking contenders or playoff teams.
No one can argue that the Chiefs haven't had a great 1st quarter of the year. If anybody picked them to go 4-0, you really need to put down the bottle of Jim. I'd have been happy with 2-2, though KC always plays SD tight.
Looking at the rest of the schedule, I consider a few of these games to be "acceptable losses" as I don't expect KC to go 15-1. At least I haven't found a big enough bag of an unknown item to smoke to make me believe that.
My predicted losses are:
Houston - 10/17
Denver - 11/14 (it's at Mile High... only reason)
San Diego - 12/12 (at San Diego)
Tennessee - 12/26 (Christmas in KC is brutal, but I think Chris Johnson is just too much)
So, final record for the Chiefs: 11-5. Playoff bound, possibly as AFC West Champ (doesn't that sound nice!)
But, there are a few WTH losses that always creep in, such as losing at Arizona (no QB - even worse than Oakland), losing at Jacksonville (this is the epitomy of a 1 dimensional team - Garrard is horrible), or losing some road game either in Oakland (when the whole team misses the bus from the hotel) or in Seattle (doesn't that remind you of some GREAT DT games... memories *tear*).
Realistic ending record: 10-6. Still playoff bound.
But, again I ask, is there such a thing as an acceptable loss, and if so, who are your acceptable losses?