Any time you have a team coming off an emotional loss on national TV, there is a concern about a let down. But despite Sunday night’s loss to the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid knows his team is still sitting in first place.
“What’s real is that you are 9-1 and you have an opportunity to play a good football team coming in here,” Reid told reporters Monday. “That’s real. That’s what it is. You get yourself right and you go back to the things I mention every week. No matter what people write or say, you go back and respect that opponent that’s coming in.”
The Chargers are just 4-6 and have lost three straight, but that record could be misleading. Their six losses were by an average of less than five points and they’ve never been beaten by more than 10. And there’s also quarterback Philip Rivers, who has enjoyed playing the Chiefs over the years.
The San Diego signal caller has more wins against the Chiefs (11) than any other team in the league compared to just four losses since he came into the league in 2004. Rivers has taken two in a row from Kansas City and eight of the last ten.
One thing the Chiefs have going for them — other than, you know, the league’s best defense — is the Arrowhead crowd. Because for all his success playing the Chiefs, Rivers is just 4-3 in Kansas City and I can’t remember him ever facing the sort of crowd he’ll have to deal with Sunday afternoon.
Oh, and that Kansas City defense? You know linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston are going to be out for blood after some in the media wondered if the league “figuring out” their pass rush in light of Peyton Manning shutting them out Sunday night.