Being one of only three remaining undefeated teams will bring plenty of praise and that’s exactly what the Chiefs have been receiving the past few days. The latest is The Sporting News, who point to the new weapons on offense as a reason to believe in their continued success including Dexter McCluster and Tony Moeaki.
“I won a bet with an NFL general manager, who said McCluster wouldn’t go until the fourth round,” (NFL Analyst Mike) Mayock said. “But he runs patterns like a wide receiver and carried the ball 25 or 30 times in the SEC.”
Moeaki was one of the steals of the draft, lasting until late in the third round (93rd pick). He has become Cassel’s favorite target — a chain mover on third down who made an acrobatic touchdown catch against the 49ers.
“He an athletic kid who can catch the ball, and he’s a little feisty and nasty,” Mayock said. “He’s not a great blocker, (but) he’s got an edge to him and will block.”
The Chiefs still lack the firepower to win shootouts against the league’s elite, but they are far more difficult to defend than they were last year.
After a bye this week, the Chiefs visit the Colts and Texans. But the rest of the schedule looks like it was created by a Chiefs fan. They don’t play five of the AFC’s best teams — the Steelers, Jets, Patriots, Ravens or Bengals.
And the non-conference games are against the NFC West, the NFL’s worst division. It’s not hard to imagine the Chiefs winning 10 games. And that could be enough to win the AFC West.
Keep a close eye on how the national media covers the Chiefs over the next few weeks. Kansas City has to go on the road for two tough games, making it a very real possibility they come back home with a 3-2 record. It hurts to lose, but dropping the toughest games on your schedule is hardly a reason to freak out.
Now, if Todd Haley and Co. walk into Indy and Houston and win, well you won’t be able to find a seat on the bandwagon. Even if the Chiefs can simply split these next two games, it would go a long way to convincing the doubters that they are for real.