I have to get this out somewhere, and this seems like the best place. This is my first fanpost on AP, so bare with me. Going into this season, the Chiefs were coming off of two wins with one of the most inexperienced OL in the NFL, a QB who lost his job and has constantly been criticized for not being "flashy" (whatever that means,) and a head coach coming off of four wins. A lot of experts and wannabe experts (including myself, at least concerning the Chiefs) gave Kansas City "a lot of credit" in expecting them to finish with 10 wins. Granted, after two wins, a ten win season seems like an almost impossibility, but I was right there. I, and many other optimists, thought the Kansas City Chiefs COULD win ten games if everything went right.
You can say what you want to about the Chiefs' SOS heading into this week's game against Denver. Every team could play a team as weak as the Jaguars or Buccaneers nine weeks in a row and be hard-pressed to win every single game. Take a team that was in the same category just 10 months ago and 9-0 seems like a pipe dream, regardless of competition. Saying "anyone with our schedule would be 9-0" is just ignorant. 9 game winning streaks in the NFL are incredibly rare. We just saw the Colts, a "dark horse super bowl contender," lose to an offensively struggling rams team 38-8. The Jaguars, who everyone assumed would go 0-16, beat a playoff contender in the Titans. There is not a match-up in the NFL that will result in a win %100 of the time.
I fully expect the Chiefs to beat the Broncos on Sunday. I really like our matchups against theirs. However, regardless of outcome, the Chiefs are a top tier team. You don't put together the best scoring defense since 1977 if you're not a top tier team. I am one that has come to appreciate defense more than your average fan, more based on my favorite teams than anything, so my opinion may be jaded. I'm also an avid Chiefs fan, so my opinion is incredibly biased. But don't discredit the Chiefs on Sunday because we live in the age of offense in the NFL. Don't discredit the Chiefs on the season because we have "played an easy schedule." There's no such thing as an easy schedule in the NFL. Everyone who plays a snap in the NFL has excelled at some point in his career. The Chiefs have already proven that they are for real this season, whether they get to the super bowl or not.