The Kansas City Chiefs are still licking their woulds from a 31-0 beatdown by the hands of the San Diego Chargers and still don’t know who their quarterback will be this weekend against the St. Louis Rams. But if recent history is any indication, the Chiefs should have no problem Sunday in the Edward Jones Dome.
Kansas City owns a nin-game winning streak against NFC West opponents dating back to 2002. During that streak, the Chiefs have outscored their foes by an average margin of 36.8-13.6 ppg and have scored 30 or more points in eight of those nine contests. The Chiefs are looking to sweep the NFC West after most recently accomplishing the feat in 2006. The Chiefs are looking to finish the season with a 4-0 record vs. the NFC for just the fifth time in team history (’90, ’96, ’97 and 2006). The Rams are 2-1 against the AFC West in 2010 and 2-5 against the AFC dating back to 2009.
As telling as their records are, it’s the Chiefs three convincing wins this season that have shown why people view the NFC West as the weakest division in football. As we all know, there are a fair share of those that have been saying similar things about the AFC West, though a lot of that will go away if the Chiefs come out on top in the battle of first-place teams.
Judging by the mood of fans in and around Kansas City the last few days, it’s not a cliche to say the most important game is the one next up on the schedule. Even though there are other scenarios that will put the Chiefs in the playoffs after a loss to the Rams, it will be awfully hard to sell anyone on Kansas City being a playoff team if they do not finish off the NFC West season sweep.