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The San Diego loss!
Look at it this way. Let’s say for an example that on a scale of 1-10, San Diego is a 8.5. For reference (JMO), let’s say NE is a 10, Atlanta another 8.5, Kansas City a 6.5, the Rams a 5.5, the Jets a 7, etc. etc .etc.
Now we all know, just because KC is a 6.5 and the Rams are a 5.5, that does not mean that in a 1-1 game, that KC is automatically going to win. You still have to play the games. If the Rams play above their potential, and the Chief’s play below their potential, the Chiefs will very likely lose.
During much of this season, the Chargers are an excellent example, along with injuries, of s team that has not played up to their potential. For the most part, I believe that the Chief’s have. Even in the game with the Texans, I believe that the Chief’s played, for the most part, up to their potential but at that time the Texans were maybe just a little bit better team and they won. The Texans, for example, can be a very good team at times but just have not played consistently. They have had a very disappointing season.
In the NFL, they call this parity. Nearly any team can beat any other team on any given Sunday. The key is nearly. Some teams are still so much better, that if they would play another team10 times, the superior team would probably still win all 10. Say NE vs. Carolina.
Now, take KC vs. SD. From the coach to most of the players and to most of the fans, we pretty much know that SD is probably the superior team. However, on any given Sunday (like the home opener), if KC plays at a maximum level, and if San Diego plays way below their potential, KC would have a good chance to win. However, this last Sunday, was a different situation. The Chiefs came out flat and probably lacking in confidence because of their QB situation. We all hoped that the team would have risen to the occasion and that SD might have taken us lightly but that was not the case. As soon as Croyle threw a few bad passes, then SD got the ball and drove right down for a TD, the game was for all practical purposes, over. Or, as Bajah07 said “Everyone’s got a plan ‘til they get punched in the mouth.” SD came out playing at the top of their potential, punched KC in the mouth, and from that point forward the Chief’s barely had a chance.
I’ll give you one more analogy that most of us can relate to. Years ago (I’m as old as dirt, 65), in my 30’s, on Wednesday evenings, a few friends and I would get together at a gym to play 3 on 3, or 4 on 4 basketball. We’d pick teams, usually play for an hour and a half or so, play half court games to 20 counting by ones. Usually we played three games, were pretty evenly matched but sometimes one side or the other would really blow the other out like 20-8, 20-12, etc. But then, frequently if one side was getting beat really bad,
they’d get together and say, “let’s go again and we’d get really serious, intent and win by a good margin.” You see this in sports all the time which just goes to show that so much of winning is attitude and motivation. I don’t think good “attitude” is going to make the worst teams dominate the best teams but it does allow for the weak teams to put in a good showing.
So much of team sports involve intensity, hard work, motivation, teamwork, attitude and so forth. We’ve all heard that sometimes these games are as much mental as physical. Bowe is another good example here. He is obviously a very, very talented person but unfortunately, there are times when his head is just not in the game and we’ve all seen it and it’s very frustrating, and when one person quits so to speak, it becomes contagious. We all saw this last Sunday, even including the coaching staff to some degree.
The Chiefs are building a fantastic team and organization. Just what we’ve all been hoping for. Pioli, Haley, with the support and approval of Mr. Hunt, and all involved know what they have and where they are going. Compared to last year, we have already been very successful, have won 8 games and hopefully will win a few more. We seem to win the games that we should but we have trouble with the top tiered teams such as Indy, SD and the like. Luckily, we haven’t played too many of these.
I have no doubt that KC can win the last three. St. Louis is building like we are and we should match up pretty well with them. In KC, the home field advantage will help with Tennessee and the Raiders. It’s just a matter of want, attitude, concentration and intensity. This team has shown that it can bounce back. I sure hope so but as a fan, I appreciate the accomplishments already and believe that we will continue to improve and get better.