Here are three points I can come away with from yesterday's game against the Chargers:
1) The Chiefs CAN move the ball on offense. Alex Smith completed 26 of 38 passes for 294 yards and three TDs. He was picked off ONCE, and that was the result of a poor choice of throwing into coverage. JC had 14 touches and racked up 115 yards on the ground, with two TDs. Total net yards on the day: 395. If the Chiefs are to have a legitimate shot at the playoffs, they'll need to keep posting numbers like these.
2) The Chiefs are 9-2. I'll say it again. NINE-AND-TWO. This is still a very significant turnaround from last year's 2-14 record. Argue the point that the Chiefs had a "soft" schedule in the first part of the season. I don't care. Show me how many teams had a similarly "soft" schedule after posting such dismal numbers from the prior season, only to have a vastly improved record the following year.
3) The Chiefs are still four games up on San Diego, with five to play. Even though the remaining schedule favors the Chargers (Bengals, Giants, @Broncos, Raiders, Chiefs), I don't see them sweeping the last five games. I'll give them a 4-1 record going down the stretch, giving them a 9-7 record on the year. The Chiefs still face the Broncos next Sunday, followed by two games on the road (Washington, Oakland), then coming back to Arrowhead to face Indy before going to San Diego. The road game against Washington *should* be winnable, provided the D can shut down RG3. Even with a 1-4 record in the last five games, that still gives the Chiefs a 10-6 season, one game ahead of the Chargers (and still gives the Chiefs the 5th seed in the playoffs, most likely going to Cincinnati).