Perhaps lost in all the excitement since yesterday is one small, yet very huge, fact...the Chiefs cannot possibly finish 2-14. While many of us assumed that this year would be much better than the atrocity that was 2012, you could see it in the cautious optimism of almost every story, fanpost, fanshot, and comment. Nobody was completely sold on the Chiefs really being better. And let's face it, our concerns were warranted. We've seen a roster with 6 Pro Bowlers go 2-14. We've seen rebuilding project after rebuilding project. We've seen failure from coaches with almost every kind of resume imaginable.
However, that is nothing to the skepticism we faced from the world outside of Chiefs Kingdom. It was just a few weeks ago that Jaguar, Cowboy, and Eagle fans had all marked us down as an easy win. Who in the media was buying us? Keyshawn Johnson...and almost nobody else. In everyone's mind, the Chiefs were still the worst team in the NFL.
Simply put, we were a 2-14 team until we proved otherwise...which we have in an impressive fashion.
It's been fun watching fans of our opponents eating their words. The Jags weren't any good, but they had to be better than the Chiefs. The Cowboys were going to roll right over us. The Chiefs couldn't possibly have an answer for the high powered Eagles offense. Yet here we are at 3-0.
For those of you who live in the KC area, you might not understand how tough it has been to be a Chiefs fan anywhere else in the country. To walk into a bar and have fans say that they just feel sorry for you. They won't even talk trash...in fact, if their own game isn't on, they're cheering for the Chiefs out of pity. It's pretty embarrassing. So for those of us not living in the KC area, we've seen the change in attitude first hand...and it feels pretty f*n awesome.
Even more fun is watching the pundits and experts tripping over themselves in their underestimations of the Chiefs. All except Keyshawn (and Marshall Faulk last night) who have figured out what our fan base has been so cautiously optimistic about...this team can play. Already we have seen the talking heads start to change their tune. Now we've got people jumping onto this Chiefs bandwagon.
The Chiefs still have some big tests ahead of them. The Giants and Texans are both coming up on the schedule. We still have Denver twice and Indianapolis. Washington may rebound if RGIII gets his game going. And our division games are almost always hard fought. Yet there is good reason for optimism. We can't possibly be as bad as we were last year. If nothing else, we're moving forward.