Welcome to this week’s edition of Let’s Argue!
Inspired by a video series created by music reviewer Anthony Fantano, Robert Rimpson’s weekly series takes a look at hot takes, unpopular opinions, wacky predictions and more from Kansas City Chiefs fans.
“The offense is going to keep the Chiefs from the Super Bowl — not the defense”
Our offense is going to keep us from making the SB this year, not the Defense.— Glenn Sutton (@HandlingBizness) December 3, 2019
The Chiefs have scored total of 99 points in the last three games, yet I can’t help but sympathize with this take. In the last edition of Let’s Argue, I mentioned how the defense has been doing more than its share of the work to get the Chiefs to the Super Bowl.
It’s my belief that the Chiefs defense has two responsibilities: give the offense opportunities to take (or extend the lead) — and protect the lead once it has been obtained. In my opinion, creating opportunities is especially important — and in that department, the defense has overachieved in the last few weeks.
The problem has been that the offense isn’t capitalizing on those opportunities. Over the last three games, the Chiefs defense has forced eight total turnovers. Just 24 points have been scored from those turnovers — and the offense has accounted for only 17 of them. This means that out of the seven extra opportunities they’ve had, the offense has only scored on three of them.
Come playoff time, the Chiefs will have to improve on that to beat teams like the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots. By this time next week, we’ll have a better idea of where the Chiefs stand in relation to those kinds of teams.
“Darwin Thompson should be the starter at running back”
Don't know if this is unpopular, but Darwin Thompson is our most complete, duel-threat back and should be the premier starter.— MahomeBoy (@brmorri92) December 3, 2019
I’ll say this: Thompson made the most of the opportunities he got on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders — albeit in garbage time. After appearing in only one drive, Thompson led the team in rushing yards, carries and yards per attempt. He was able to almost single- handedly drive down the field, drain 10 minutes from the clock and further extend the Chiefs’ big lead.
That being said, it seems like every week, a different running back catches the favor of Chiefs fans.
“Anthony Sherman should be the feature back”
Move Sherman to feature back— His Dirkness (@HisDirknesS) December 3, 2019
See what I mean? LeSean McCoy, Damien Williams and Darrel Williams have all had good performances this season. After each one, fans seem to want that player to get the majority of the snaps.
I think the Chiefs should continue to run their running back by committee until further notice. If Thompson is their future at running back, he’ll make it known sooner or later.
“Andy Reid’s mustache is average at best”
Andy Reid's mustache is average at best.— Ad Astra (@AdAstraKC) December 3, 2019
I strongly disagree with this take.
How dare you disrespect the greatest walrus ‘stache in the NFL? Who’s facial hair are you putting in front of Reid? Aaron Rodgers? Gardner Minshew?
Neither ‘stache is as iconic as Reid’s — and I’d argue his upper lip is as recognizable as any in the sports world.
“The Chiefs are the best team in the AFC and it isn’t even close”
The Chiefs are the best team in the AFC and it’s not even close.— Cole Carmody (@ColeCarmody52) December 3, 2019
Earlier this season, this wouldn’t have been a very hot take — or rather, it wouldn’t be as hot as it is now. Technically, the Patriots still have the best record in the AFC — and lately, the Ravens have been on an absolute tear. Not many see the Chiefs as the top team in the conference.
I don’t think the Chiefs are far and away the best team in the AFC, but a win against the Patriots would definitely build a strong case for Kansas City. That would give them victories over both of the top two seeds in the AFC — and a close loss to the third seed.
The Chiefs definitely have the talent to make them the best in the AFC, but with four losses on their record — three of them from conference opponents — they might have to wait until the postseason to prove it.