FOXBORO MA - DECEMBER 06: James Sanders #36 of the New England Patriots celebrates after he intercepted a pass against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on December 6 2010 in Foxboro Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
The New England Patriots obliterated the New York Jets on Monday Night Football assuring everyone else in the AFC that they're the best team. The Patriots have now beaten the Jets (and lost to the Jets) and Pittsburgh Steelers, arguably the other two best teams in the AFC.
So that brings up the question: Can the Chiefs compete with any of them?
Our pal Nick Wright of 610 Sports said on Monday that teams like the Patriots, Jets and Steelers were significantly better than the Chiefs. I can see the argument from his side but I just can't agree.
Yes, they are better teams -- but significantly? If there's one thing the Chiefs have shown this year it's that they can, at the very least, compete with anyone. They have been blown out one time this year and came back a month later and beat that same team.
I'll grant you that the Patriots, Jets, Steelers and Ravens have proven, over 12 games, that they're a better team than the Chiefs but the margin is smaller than you think.
Are we happy with the Chiefs as the fifth best team in the conference? I think I can be happy with that. But if KC wins the AFC West, and hosts a game at Arrowhead, it's likely one of those four teams -- Steelers, Jets or Ravens -- will be visiting Kansas City. And I just don't see how any of them are significantly better than the Chiefs at Arrowhead.