We definitively have the worst record in the NFL as of today. Jacksonville's win pushed us to the bottom. With 5 games left, here are the Chiefs' remaining opponents:
- Carolina (2-8)
- at Cleveland (3-8)
- at Oakland (3-8)
- Indianapolis (7-4)
- at Denver (8-3)
That's a combined 23-31 record, and frankly every one of those games is winnable.
There are 6 teams who have fewer than 4 wins: KC, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Oakland, Philly, and Carolina. I figure that one of those six will end up the worst of the worst this year.
Here are the combined opponents' records for the other 5 teams: (note that I'm doing this Sunday night before Philly & Carolina play each other. One will win and one will lose, and since I don't know who and they both have crap records, I'm only using their post-Monday schedules)
Cleveland's opponents: 23-32
Jacksonville's opponents: 25-30
Oakland's opponents: 18-36
Philadelphia's opponents: 29-26
Carolina's opponents: 23-32
Of the bottom six, here is what I think is true:
- Philly has the toughest schedule remaining and the only one above .500. However, they may end up with 4 wins if they beat Carolina tomorrow night, and be out of the running. Even if they don't, Philly's a tough team to count out, even with the debacle that they are right now.
- Jacksonville will surprise a couple of teams with Henne. Now they're looking stupid for starting Gabbert over him, and he'll earn the starting position, and maybe a contract out of this season. Even with the 2nd toughest schedule, I think Henne changes the dynamics for them. Plus they may get MJD back soon and have a decent pass and running game.
- That leaves Cleveland, Oakland, and Carolina. Those are the 3 teams the Chiefs face. If we lose to two of those teams, we are the worst of the worst. If not, it's Carolina, since they're the only 2 loss team of that bunch.
Unreal. At the beginning of the season, I would not have believed that 11 games in, I would pick either Carolina or KC as the two most likely to get the 1st pick of the 2013 draft. That means:
Next Sunday could be the duel for the first pick of the 2013 draft.
I actually thought when I started this examination, that our final five opponents were so weak, some other lowly team would be a stronger contender for Worst of the Worst. I was wrong. The worst teams are all facing weak schedules to finish out the year. Some will rise up, and some will prove how bad they really are. So who's it going to be?
(Sigh.) The defense looked good today. But our offense was...well, probably not good enough to beat Carolina.