Kansas City Chiefs Can Get Used To Close Games

CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Running back Thomas Jones #20 of the Kansas City Chiefs dives for a first down against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 19 2010 in Cleveland Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Chiefs are now 2-0 on the season and 2-0 in games decided by seven points or less. The Chiefs beat the San Diego Chargers and Cleveland Browns by a total of nine points. That's not very inspiring but that's the way it goes in the NFL and, as they say, an ugly win is still a win.

Nearly 60% of games in the NFL this season have been decided by seven points or less. Last year, the Chiefs went 2-6 in those types of games so they've already tied their best from last year.

But think about this: How many of those seven point (or less) games last year could you have seen the Chiefs winning? Would it be a surprise to anyone if the Chiefs beat the Raiders in week two, 13-10, instead of the other way around? Overtime against Dallas? Beating Buffalo? Cleveland?

Those were all close games that the Chiefs lost. This year those bounces are starting to go the Chiefs way at the right moment.

But I think it's important to note that there always have been and always will be close games in the NFL. I imagine the majority of the Chiefs win this year will come from games like that.

That's why those little things that Todd Haley constantly brings up are actually pretty important. Things like being the second-least penalized team in the league will go a long way to securing some of these close games.

So if the Chiefs game had you pacing up and down living room and holding your breath at times, well, get used to it. there will be more where that's coming from.

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