We are at the halfway point of the Kansas City Chiefs 2011 season and right now we know they're...average. 4-4, first place in the division, but three blowout losses have us wondering exactly who the Chiefs are. To me, average is the best way to describe them right now. Others could argue that they're worse than that, especially after the Miami Dolphins, winless entering Week 9, put up a 28-point victory at Arrowhead Stadium.
But, through eight games, they've won four and lost four. The AFC West is wide open and perhaps the best thing you can say about the Chiefs is that the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers might be as flawed as they are.
I'm working on a story about what we know about the Chiefs through the halfway point but before we get to that I want to see how everyone grades them through the halfway point.
I can see an argument for all types of grades from passing to failing.
I can see them receiving high marks for overcoming the early season injuries to Tony Moeaki, Eric Berry and Jamaal Charles. After the 0-3 start, they won four straight and kept the AFC West competitive. Jackie Battle emerged as a guy that the Chiefs could count on and Jonathan Baldwin has shown flashes that he's worth a first round pick. Dwayne Bowe looks like Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston is coming along. The defense was the driving force in two huge division victories over the Raiders and Chargers.
I can see them receiving low marks for three games in which they weren't even competitive. There are signs -- lots of them actually -- that the Chiefs aren't a very good team. There are reasons to believe that their four wins were more about their struggling opponents than anything the Chiefs did.
We're eight games in. How do you grade the first half of the Chiefs 2011 season?