Right now the Kansas City Chiefs are focused on the Denver Broncos and likely remembering "49-29" -- the score of the old-fashioned butt-whoopin' the Broncos handed KC at Invesco Field nearly three weeks ago.
"It was a bad taste in our mouth," Chiefs QB Matt Cassel said Wednesday of the Denver game, "and again this is a division rival and a big game because it is our next game but also because we are fighting for something and it is fun to be in December this time of year and fighting for something ."
Stepping back and looking at the big picture, Cassel's words -- "in December this time of year and fighting for something" -- have significance.
Rewind to last summer when Chiefs owner Clark Hunt was asked what he expected out of the Chiefs in the 2010 season. "I always hate to put a specific number on the win/loss record but I have said publicly I expect us to be competing for a playoff spot when December rolls around," Hunt said.
It's December and, the last time I checked, KC is very much in the thick of the playoff race. This would suggest to me that the Chiefs are on the verge of surpassing the (realistic) expectations of ownership.
Now, I don't think Mr. Hunt means that the Chiefs can pack it in for the winter now. Surpassing goals creates new goals and so on and so forth. The goal is always to win the Super Bowl but a new (realistic) goal should be to do what hasn't been done in KC since Jan. 16, 1994.