Oct 31, 2011; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jackie Battle (26) is tackled by San Diego Chargers linebacker Donald Butler (56) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 23-20. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Who are the Chiefs? And Why we Should Care...

Quite often in the NFL, the best plays happen when an opponent blows an assignment, is out of position, or just simply quits on the play before it’s over.  The same is true off the field, and can be applied to all varieties of situations in life.

Right now everybody is fixated on the Denver Broncos and their newly acquired Peyton Manning.  But don’t forget that just two years ago the Kansas City Chiefs wore the AFC West crown.  Last season saw the Chiefs fall off the pedestal in the wake of injuries to several key players, but they still managed an 7-9 record, one win short of tying the Charger and division-winning Broncos.

Despite being led by Matt Cassel, the Chiefs are a team to look out for in 2012.  They may be in the best position of all AFC West teams since their key players are slated to return, they have a high draft pick, and there is very little media pressure or scrutiny on them to perform.  They can quietly get better and take the division by surprise while media is focused on Manning and the Chargers “do-or-die” season.

Ask yourself this: if Manning had joined the Chiefs, would they be better than the Chargers?  My thoughts are, probably yes.  They have a phenomenal running game, a stout defense, and solid management to top it off.  If not better than the Chargers, they would be at least equals.  The same is not true with the Broncos however.

Consider this article a sort of public service announcement.  It may be alright to be fascinated by the Manning-show, but don’t let that overshadow the fact that just a few years ago the Kansas City Chiefs were being talked about as the “young” team that could rise to the top in a few years.  It’s been a few years, so don’t be the dolt that is caught looking the wrong way when the Kansas City Chiefs make their play for the division title.

As an aside, I guess it wouldn’t be wise to forget about the Raiders either.  This will be a banner year for the AFC West.  Whether it’s one for the Chargers or not depends on which way they’re looking when it comes time to make the play.

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  • chargerjroc

    @chargersbuzztap chiefs get good play from QB lookout. Most talent in AFC. They should sign Volek. MCnabb if willing to practice.

  • biggsybolt

    That’s nice, but who are the chefs?
    Great googly Moogly!?!?

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    Matt Cassel is my main reason on why this team doesnt scare too much… they have talent across the roster and a bunch of young talent, but that quarterback situation is not going to scare anyone. so happy that Peyton didnt want to go out to KC

    • jjsmith

       @epadaon I think Matt Cassel has a lot in common with Mark Sanchez – when everything around them is ideal they can be good managers of the game.  Neither of them have elite capabilities, and break down when things around them aren’t perfect.  Matt Cassel looked very good spelling Brady in New England, that’s why he’s in KC now…if the stars align just right in KC like they did in New England, then Cassel can play well enough to secure a division title for the Chiefs.  If 2012 is the year that all the youngsters mature in KC, then the Chiefs will be a real threat.  I’m not saying the threat will materialize this year – but the potential is there.  It’s up to the Chargers to play to their full ability and keep this from becoming an issue in the first place.  But given the Chargers’ penchant for underperforming, I wouldn’t count on that to happen.  It will be interesting, at least!

  • RussellGrant

    The point of the article is simple:  Prepare for six shoot outs in our division.  The Chiefs can be a tough team and Arrowhead is not easy to play in.  Manning for all of his age makes Denver dangerous.  Expect to see Addai and Saturday there in the next week as he rebuilds Indy West.  and Oakland under the direction of someone not named Al, that knows what it’s like to win in Green Bay is going to be trying to cement his legacy.  AJ, for all of Spanos’ confidence in him, has a real fight on his hands.  The wild wild west is back.

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