Kansas City Chiefs: Pride of the Red and Gold Has Returned

John BartramCorrespondent IIOctober 11, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 10: Dexter McCluster #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs catches the football against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Others will bring you the details, the stats, the gore, in sum—the negativity.  The other side of the story will be the decline of the empire—the Colts. 

I will give my opinion of how good I believe this team is right now and, by the end of this season, how much better I believe they will be. How, once again Arrowhead Stadium will be a nightmare for the Chiefs opponents.  Lastly, how those 80,000 red and gold-clad, crazed fans can and will help this team like they did in years past.

The Kansas City Chiefs lost a battle but continued making progress in the war.  As a team, they went toe to toe with the Colts.  The Colts are the AFC champions and have not lost a home game in 14 tries, except the throwaway game to the Jets last season.

There have been critics who have pointed to the Chiefs' opponents as the reason for their success.  The Chiefs have played the Chargers and Colts. They won one and were extremely competitive in the other, keeping Peyton Manning to stats that were uncharacteristic to say the least.  I'll leave it to other writers and fans to go look up the offensive stats of those two teams and see what they did against the Chiefs.

The Chiefs are building a team to dominate the NFL for a long time.  They are not trying to beat one superior team in a division.  They are not trying to add an aging veteran to "get over the hump."

Todd Haley has said he likes to break the season into quarters.  With that thinking, I would think three out of four would be a solid start for a team that didn't even know what winning was like until this year.

He said the players were taking the loss hard.  They should.  They are professional athletes who are competitive and proud.  My guess would be over the last three years of losing, they would be apathetic to another loss. That's certainly what showed on the field.

I wrote that Matt Cassel was the key to this game.  The Chiefs failed to score a touchdown and they lost.  I'll let you figure out if there's a connection.  Along those lines, there will be many—as usual—who will be calling for Matt Cassel's head.  They will want to see if Brodie Croyle will change things.  If Todd Haley thinks so, he won't hesitate.  I don't believe he does, yet.

So far, the obvious irony of the season is the success of the defense and the lack of offensive production.  It was suppose to be the opposite.  I'm sure the coaching staff is working hard to figure that out.  If they do, the Chiefs will be the dominant team in the NFL.  If you look around, there are none.  The Jets and Ravens appear to be at the head of the list at this point.

There are many people, myself included who expect the Chiefs to continue to improve as the season progresses.  If you look at their schedule, and that theory holds true, a 3-1 quarter is possible every quarter.  For the mathematically impaired that would be a 12-4 record.

That is a very optimistic outlook.  10-6 should be a lock at this point.  In fact, if they fail to win 10 games, the season would be failure.  The Chiefs would have to go, at best, 6-6 to finish with less than 10 wins.  Additionally, with the way the other divisional opponents' games worked out yesterday, it favored the Chiefs even more. 

Like years past, the Kansas City Chiefs will be a difficult team to beat at home.  Arrowhead Stadium will be full of red and gold, loud, and very proud fans once again. 

As a team, their maturity showed yesterday.  They came very close to winning a tough game in a hostile environment on the road.  When they do that, they will be among the elite.

The Kansas City Chiefs are an excellent football team with a very bright future.