It may not seem like it because of all the negativity flying around this morning, but the sky isn’t falling in Kansas City. Despite a 27-17 loss to the Denver Broncos on national TV Sunday night, the Chiefs will go to work Monday still sitting in first place in the AFC West.
Andy Reid and the Chiefs still control their own destiny with six games left. Take care of business and it won’t matter that a flawed offensive game plan (two weeks in the making) helped hand the Broncos a first place tie.
It’s not something I ever enjoy saying but the Chiefs should mimic how the Broncos reacted to their first loss of the season. Back in Week 7 the undefeated Broncos hit the road to take on the Colts in an emotional game that was Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis.
Denver held a 14-10 lead on the Colts before falling behind 36-17 and ultimately losing 39-33. The loss allowed the Chiefs to move ahead of them and showed the Broncos could be beaten.
Clearly things spiraled out of control for the Broncos after that, right? We all know now that’s not the case.
After going back to Denver, there was no sulking, just business as usual. The Broncos beat down Washington 45-21 before taking out the San Diego Chargers and Chiefs in tougher games.
Now the Chiefs head home and can quickly erase what happened in Denver with a big win over the Chargers Sunday afternoon. That would put the pressure directly on the Broncos as they head to Massachusetts to take on the New England Patriots Sunday night.
Considering how many chances Kansas City had to steal the momentum from the Broncos, there should no doubt be some disappointment at Arrowhead today. But does this spell trouble going forward? Only if Reid and the Chiefs allow it to.
Right now the road to a division title and No. 1 overall seed still goes through Kansas City, no matter what anyone else wants to tell you.