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Return to Glory?: The Chiefs' Road to the Playoffs in 2010, Part 1

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Return to Glory?: The Chiefs' Road to the Playoffs in 2010, Part 1
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After the stunning turn of events in Week 4, the Kansas City Chiefs sit in a position nobody could have envisioned coming into the year: the only undefeated team remaining in the NFL.  Certainly, nobody expects a perfect season.  With road games in the next two weeks against Indianapolis and Houston, it is more than likely that the Chiefs will have at least one loss entering Week 7, and quite possible that the Chiefs will host Jacksonville with a 3-2 record.  

But what after that?  Is the incredible defensive performance for real?  Do Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones have what it takes to carry the team when Matt Cassel struggles?  Who’s the real Matt Cassel—the man who went for 68 yards on San Diego, or the man who tore up San Francisco for 250 yards?

It’s too far out to do a full-season analysis, since it’s unclear as to the patterns that will set out over the year, what rookies will take off, and what injuries might happen that could derail those plans for either the Chiefs or their opponents.  But based on the first four weeks of the 2010 season, here is my analysis for the next five weeks, and the realistic chances that the Chiefs have to do something nobody expected: play into January and February.

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