The Kansas City Chiefs have been lucky enough this season to achieve a playoff berth by clinching a wild card spot. As of today the Chiefs have a record of 11 wins and only 4 losses. To the layman or a Chiefs’ fan who has their judgment clouded by prejudiced eyes, this Chiefs team is a juggernaut. With an 11-4 record how could they not go deep in the playoffs and bring a championship back to the City of Chiefs? After all with a new coach like Andy Reid and a new quarterback by way of San Francisco at the helm they will no longer be the consistent disappointment they usually are.
Well not so fast. If the Chiefs were a boxer they would have to be referred to as a paper champ. Yes I said it, on paper the Chiefs look like a team you don’t want to catch in the first round but in all reality they are a team that every other playoff team is hoping to host. Why would any team be salivating over catching an 11-4 team in the first round? Because that 11-4 came from a schedule tailor made to make an average team look good.
Look at the first 9 teams they had on their schedule and you will see that only the Eagles have amounted to much and the Chiefs beat them when they were in the middle of a QB controversy over the washed-up has-been Michael Vick or a new unproven Nick Foles. Since then the Chiefs have lost 4 of their last 6 games with the 2 victories coming against the Shanahan Shambles in Washington D.C. and the dreadful Oakland Raiders who could not stop a screen pass if their lives depended on it.
Many Chiefs’ fans believed with the addition of Alex Smith from San Francisco they were going to have a great passing game to go along with their all-pro running back Jamaal Charles. To some extent this has been true with Smith throwing for 3,313 yards and 23 touchdowns. The problem with these stats is Alex Smith has been in the league for 9 years and these are both career highs. There is a reason San Francisco started the youngster Colin Kaepernick over Smith because Smith is at best a very average quarterback who does not give a team much of a shot at winning playoff games. Smith threw for 287 yards in the win over Oakland and 195 of them were to Charles on screen passes. Sunday in a game against the Colts which could have helped the Chiefs achieve a first round bye against a possible playoff opponent at home, Smith threw for a meager 153 yards, no touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
The average quarterback play is not the biggest problem for these paper champs. The biggest problem is the porous defense that could not stop my son’s Pop Warner team. In the last few weeks the Chiefs’ defense has given up 41 points to the Chargers, 35 points to the Broncos, and 31 points to the miserable Oakland Raider offense.
Get ready Kansas City Chiefs fans for another disappointing end to your team’s season. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but your Swiss cheese defense and second rate quarterback combine to equal an epic FAIL in the first round of the playoffs no matter which team you end up facing.
Thomas Stone is a student at Wichita State studying economics. GO SHOCKERS 11-0!!!!! He also writes for the AFC West division at The Penalty Flag. He can be reached at email@example.com.