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The Kansas City Chiefs And Changing Expectations

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SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 25: A general view of the field as the Kansas City Chiefs play the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 25, 2011 in San Diego, California.    The Chargers won 20-17.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 25: A general view of the field as the Kansas City Chiefs play the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 25, 2011 in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 20-17. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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This has been an interesting season for Kansas City Chiefs fans, to say the least. In just three short weeks, we've changed our expectations of this team a number of times. Here's a timeline of how I've viewed the team over the last three weeks:

1. Entering the season I had the idea of a .500 season or a playoff berth on my mind. I thought this was a young team and, based on what they did last year, they'd only get better but be playing against toucher teams. I thought that it would be a better team than they were last year, without a doubt.

2. After Week 1 and 2, I thought this was a lost season. After 41-7 and 48-3, I'm not sure how you couldn't think that. I didn't just think was a non-playoff season. I thought this was going to be one of those 2008-esque, two-win seasons. I thought as the losing continued, the finger-pointing in the organization would start (or continue) and this would turn into a huge mess.

3. After the San Diego Chargers game, I don't think the Chiefs are in the Suck For Luck race. The Chiefs, in the second half of this game, were more like the 2010 Chiefs. They won the turnover battle, the defense bent but didn't break and they got a big special teams play. The running game wasn't there but, like last year, they somehow stayed in this game. An 0-3 start is a strong indicator that this will be a losing season, but after this game I can see the Chiefs winning a handful of games. It's certainly not pretty but I don't think they're the worst team in the league, as the first two weeks of the season suggested.