While being downed at home to open a season that comes with much promise is certainly nothing to scoff at, putting the loss into perspective is a must for this team to ultimately build off of what could end up being a distant memory by the end of the year.
Taking the 2012 season one step at a time sounds cliché. But for a team like the Chiefs, it couldn’t be more true.
Kansas City isn’t afforded the luxury of playing with house money like the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers or even the Baltimore Ravens. Those teams have paved their own way recently and are considered the class of the AFC—and rightfully so.
The Chiefs, however, are a team that must find an identity and stick to it.
Kansas City won’t win a lot of games when they are forced to improvise. Matt Cassel isn’t that type of quarterback, and Romeo Crennel isn’t that type of head coach.
One positive thing that the Chiefs have going for them is that they call the middling AFC West home.
The Denver Broncos represented the division in the playoffs last year after finishing the season with an 8-8 record.
While Peyton Manning certainly gives them a boost—proven in leading Denver to a 31-19 victory over the Steelers on Sunday night—no one knows if he can hold up to the rigors of a 16-game season.
Not many teams would come out on top of any game with their best pass-rusher, top cornerback and starting defensive tackle and free safety out of the lineup, let alone against an offense as potent as what Matt Ryan and Co. feature in Atlanta.
While there were certainly negatives to pull from the game, exactly how much of that was due to not being at full strength is unknown and should allow Chiefs Nation to breathe a sigh of relief heading into this weekend’s matchup against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Kansas City must look at each and every game with the same amount of magnitude. The Chiefs will get healthier and will start to become more comfortable in their own skin.
The AFC West is still up for grabs, so don’t let the loss to the Falcons sway your enthusiasm for this season just yet.