I understand and agree that we shouldn't care where pundits rank the Chiefs, what they say about the Chiefs.
But I admit, I get frustrated with the double standards.
Take this from today's TMQ:
Sunday at Buffalo, the Chiefs barely bested a losing team with an undrafted rookie quarterback making his first career start. Kansas City was outplayed on both sides of the ball, prevailing only when presented two gift-wrapped touchdowns by a team with the league's longest playoff drought.
But then just 4 paragraphs later, Mr. Easterbrook says this:
But one wonders -- was Kelly trying to get his team to believe its season can be saved, or does he think there are style points in the NFL?
It seems to me that Mr. Easterbrook just marked the Chiefs down for not enough style points ("barely bested").
Aside from that, TMQ also pulls out the "backup QB canard":
Opposition quarterbacks in Kansas City's past five games have been second string, second string, second string, third string and fourth string.
Notice he doesn't name them.
That's because he doesn't want to look stupid trying to claim that the Raiders totes would have won if they'd started Matt Flynn, the Browns totes would have beat us if they'd started Brandon Weeden, and the Texans totes would have stomped the Chiefs if Matt "spot the other team 6 points" Schaub" would have started.
I didn't notice any of the teams who won Super Bowls with their season starters on the bench handing back the Lombardi trophy because they did it with a backup. That includes Tom Brady, Doug Williams, Trent Dilfer, Jeff Hostetler, Jim Plunkett, Earl Morrall...
Look, the bottom line is the Chiefs have been winning, they can hold high-powered offenses to extremely low point totals, they dominate field position, the defense locks other teams out of the 4th quarter, and the offense can score points when it needs to.
I don't expect an undefeated season. I don't think it is impossible, because we have a few breaks go our way: We face Denver in Denver after our bye, then we get Denver at home at the end of an extremely tough string of 4 games for them, then we get the Colts at Arrowhead.
But when we lose, it won't be the end of the world. The main thing will be to remain tough and get home field advantage through the playoffs.
I know the stats about how the #1 seed hasn't won the Super Bowl in a long time...but Arrowhead is a weapon already, and in combination with our defense, I think HFA = Super Bowl trip, where anything can happen.