Kansas City Chiefs: A 3-3 Record at the Bye Is a Team Right on Track

Rodney LayContributor IIIMarch 21, 2017

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Peyton Hillis #40 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball in an NFL game as Terrence McGee #24 of the Buffalo Bills tackles him at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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After an 0-2 start, there are a lot of disappointed Kansas City Chiefs fans. I am one of them. But not because of the 0-2 start. Two losses to begin the season is exactly what I expected.

What I did not expect was a defense that looks so disorganized and vulnerable.

The defensive unit should be the strength of this team and the poor showing so far has to change if the Chiefs have a shot at a good season. No team can have a winning record while giving up more than 30 points a game.

Romeo Crennel, since he has decided to take on the job of head coach and defensive coordinator, has to live up to the challenge and get the defense organized and playing up to expectations. Only time will tell if he can do both jobs.

However, what does an 0-2 start mean, putting aside the defensive blunders? The reality is that an 0-2 start means absolutely nothing.

The Chiefs are not going to go undefeated. They are going to lose games. Does that surprise anyone? The key to this season, the key to any season, is how many loses the team will have, not the order in which those losses happen.

Should the Chiefs have lost the home game to the Atlanta Falcons? Yes! The Falcons are on a short list of teams that have a legitimate shot at the Super Bowl. The Chiefs are a young developing team that is looking for a winning season.

Should the Chiefs have lost a road game to the Buffalo Bills? That is a close call, but I expected the Chiefs to lose that game. Buffalo is a tough place to go and play, and the Bills are in the same mode as the Chiefs, trying to rebuild and put together a winning team.

The first real assessment for this Chiefs team should come in the bye week. I believe that a .500 record after six games will show a team right on track.

For me, the real test for this team will come in Week 4 at home against the Chargers. The Chiefs have to win that game if they expect this season to be a success.

The Chiefs should also win road games against the Saints and the Buccaneers. If any one of those three games turns into a loss then the season is in trouble.

Should the Chiefs pull out a win against the Ravens in Week 5 at Arrowhead, the team would have a very real shot at winning the division.

So here we are at no wins, two games into the season. Yes, the defense really did not look good in either game. That is worrisome. However, 0-2 should not worry Chiefs fans.

This Chiefs team is not a Super Bowl contender. In 2012, the Chiefs at 0-2 is a team on track. A record of 2-2 and 3-3 is also a team on track. I would expect six losses this season and hope that is enough to win the AFC West, or get a Wild Card berth.

So sound off! Is 0-2 really a disappointment? Do you expect the Chiefs to win every game they play, or are losses to the Falcons at home and the Bills on the road reality for a young developing team?

In my opinion, should the defense not suffer due to the lack of a defensive coordinator, the team is right on track. I await the bye week!