The Kansas City Chiefs have six more home games this season---the Broncos have five, the Chargers have five, and the Raiders have four. Last season, the Chiefs remained undefeated at home until week 17 against the Raiders. This team, this season, is very similar to the squad that defended Arrowhead extremely well, and some would agree we are better.
Yes, key players have been lost. But another draft, some free-agent snags, and another season under the belt of our freshmen and sophomores is a heavier positive gain that we are starting to see. We're seeing glimpses of
greatness goodness in our unforeseen three game win streak.
The Unforeseen Matt Cassel
Matt Cassel is also exciting for Chiefs fans in 2011. How? Well, this is the first time we're truly seeing MC play for his job as a Chief. Everyone is convinced that Cassel's days are over after this season and there is one person that will take that ammunition and use it on the field. That is, Matt Cassel.
Previous seasons have pointed out that MC is our franchise leader and QB, but this year
seems is different. Will we see Cassel's best come out? Can he really play well enough to save his duties in the future? Is his best good enough? Most are going to answer "no" to all three, but remember Cassel's back up against the wall could quickly show us a different quarterback hereinafter. And if Cassel can't get it done, we will have a great chance of seeing our youngster begin his career with a very solid supporting cast around him. That is, if we sign Bowe. Keeping Bowe becomes more and more important if Cassel continues his mediocre play. Bowe, alone, could make all the difference for Stanzi's future feet wetting.
The Unforeseen Easier Games
New England and Green Bay are the only teams to be afraid of remaining in our schedule. Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are the only players to be afraid of remaining in our schedule. Putting those two teams aside, If I could trade swap this Chiefs team with one of the other seven teams we play this season, I wouldn't do it. I don't want to repeat myself, but if our team continues to get better, all six home games become very winnable.
The Unforeseen Runningbacks
Oddly, I have become more excited about Jack Battle and Javier Arenas than Dexter McCluster and Le'Ron McClain. Ever since I heard about Mill's man-crush on Javier, I've jumped ship and now I'm hoping to see the most athletic guy on the field gets his number called. Mostly, I want all of these guys to get carries, to stay fresh and healthy, and take care of the ball at all times. Without Jamaal, this team has continued to run the ball well--yet it feels a lot like we haven't seen the best of those guys. There is nothing I love more than to watch a defense pathetically wear out from our backs.