The Chiefs' present is crappy; the immediate future looks less than awesome
The Kansas City Star
ORCHARD PARK, NY — There is plenty of fire and brimstone in the paper this morning, so the point is not to pile on here to well-earned criticism of Scott Pioli and the crappy Chiefs.
The point here is to direct your attention to the sad fact that there is no relief in sight, not unless the Chiefs do something nobody expects.
Consider that the Chiefs are a nine-point underdog next week at New Orleans, the biggest longshot in the league and then go ahead and look forward to the rest of the schedule and you start to see a clear pattern: there’s a decent chance the Chiefs will be favored in four or fewer games the rest of the season.
Here’s how it looks:
Week 3 at New Orleans — a nine-point ‘dog to a winless team.
Week 4 vs San Diego — Philip Rivers is not messing around.
Week 5 vs Baltimore — very good chance the Chiefs get booed at home while moving to 0-5.
Week 6 at Tampa Bay — hard to imagine the Chiefs being favored on the road.
Week 7 bye — Chiefs won’t lose!
Week 8 vs Oakland — I do believe the Chiefs will be favored here. Maybe.
Week 9 at San Diego — at least they’ll lose in good weather.
Week 10 at Pittsburgh — Todd Haley is already dreaming about this.
Week 11 vs Cincinnati — this is another chance at being favored.
Week 12 vs Denver — remember when the Chiefs pursued Peyton Manning?
Week 13 vs Carolina — Chiefs have a chance to be favored, just not a very good one.
Week 14 at Cleveland — Several fans will be in attendance.
Week 15 at Oakland — fun fact: last time I went there I saw a drug deal 10 feet from a cop, and a guy threatened to stab me.
Week 16 vs Indianapolis — Chiefs figure to be favored, but this is also one of 12 games they’ll play against a team that right now is very happy with its quarterback situation.
Week 17 at Denver — at one point, I thought this might be the game that decides the AFC West. I also packed one too few pair of boxers for this trip to Buffalo.
Do the math there, and 4-12 is a distinct possibility. Nobody’s job would be safe.
And, look. We’ve only seen two games. A lot can happen. The Chiefs still have good players, still have the roster that was a trendy pick to win the division. Who knows, maybe they figure it out and prove us all silly and premature for doubting them.
But right now, being able to see that requires an awful big imagination.