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Kansas City Chiefs make a statement with a primetime punch to the New England Patriots mouth

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Kansas City is beginning to look like a serious contender after its most impressive win since the Marty Schottenheimer era.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

I can't tell you how glad I am to be wrong.

After Week 1, I called out the Kansas City Chiefs in this space as gutless. I wrote several hundred words about how they were the football equal to the tin man. Over the last two weeks, and especially during the demolition Monday night, they have proven otherwise.

Kansas City did not only beat the New England Patriots, they took away their manhood. The Chiefs dominated in every category in the 41-14 plastering, including over 36 minutes in time of possession and a +3 turnover ratio. Kansas City also converted 7-of-12 third downs while holding New England to 2-of-9. The Chiefs ran for 207 yards and had three sacks, while Alex Smith went 20-of-26 for 248 yards and three touchdowns. You could really go on all day.

After toppling the Miami Dolphins, I was happy yet skeptical. It was easy to feel like the Chiefs escaped with a win even though they didn't play their best. This game left a completely different taste behind.

For the first time since the days of Marty Schottenheimer, this group has the look of a major force on the rise. During the ESPN postgame, Steve Young stated that no team has a better group of weapons than Kansas City, followed by Trent Dilfer agreeing. Not to be Mr. Namedrop, but I've worked closely with both of them, sitting in the Monday Night Football trucks and watching the games together. These guys aren't idiots, they understand football.

For Young and Dilfer to gush about the Chiefs in such a manner is extremely exciting. With Travis Kelce, Knile Davis, Jamaal Charles, Anthony Sherman and Dwayne Bowe, it is also warranted. Nobody is saying this is the best offense in football, but it has the pieces to be devastating.

In the grand scheme, Kansas City still has much work to do. The Chiefs are 2-2 and have a very tough schedule in the coming weeks with road dates against the San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers. Still, how can you not feel confident after what we just saw?

When you beat a good team the way the Chiefs beat the Patriots, that isn't a fluke. Kansas City didn't need a monsoon or a fumbled snap this time around as it did against the Chargers in the past. It didn't need the other team taking a bunch of penalties or turning the ball over all night.

The Chiefs did not need any help. No, Monday's thrashing came courtesy of a Chiefs team which has decided it is done being an afterthought.

The Chiefs did not need any help. No, Monday's thrashing came courtesy of a Chiefs team which has decided it is done being an afterthought.

Since Andy Reid took over, there has long been the notion Kansas City has not beat a good team and/or a good quarterback. The notion has been fair, but it is no longer. The Chiefs beat Tom Brady so badly, he was benched. Tom Brady was benched.

As I conclude, I'll leave you with this. In 1989, Kansas City was beginning the road back to contention with Carl Peterson and Schottenheimer at the controls. In 1990, the Chiefs made the playoffs but were one-and-done, still lacking national respect.

On Oct. 7, 1991, Kansas City and Arrowhead Stadium welcomed the Buffalo Bills into town. The venue rocked that evening, announcing to the world the Chiefs were once again relevant after decades of futility. The final score was 33-6.

Almost 23 years later, Kansas City announced once more that it mattered. It beat a different Hall of Fame quarterback, again by 27 points.

The road remains long, but times are changing.