Kansas City Chiefs: Lost the Battle Badly, But Stay In the War

John BartramCorrespondent IINovember 14, 2010

DENVER - NOVEMBER 14:  Head coach Todd Haley of the Kansas City Chiefs welcomes his team onto the field for warm ups as they face the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Some days you're the windshield, other days you're the bug.

Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs were the bug to the Denver Broncos high-speed windshield. 

We will now analyze why the Chiefs lost. 

They got their ass kicked by the better team.  Analysis over.

Sometimes, the other team is simply better than you are.  Whether they are better in the long-term is irrelevant.  If they have a better record is also irrelevant.  This is professional sports and all teams have talent.

Like any game, there will be some lessons learned from this.  First, the Broncos have pride like most professional athletes.  I guess even the Cowboys do since I'm watching that game while I write this.

Conversely, the Chiefs are still a ways away from getting to where they want to be, but we knew that. 

That, however is not a surprise.  We know they're not a championship caliber team yet.  This game is more of a setback than I expected, and I'm sure the team and coaches feel the same.

It's not so much losing in Denver.  That's not new.  As I've stated before, records are meaningless, especially in divisional games.

It's how the Chiefs are losing.  Like last week, they are being beaten at their strengths.  They are losing focus and lack the ferocity they've shown all year.

Denver made their defense look circa 2009.  That's a very big step backward. 

The Broncos knew what the Chiefs strengths were coming in and have done an even better job of controlling their run game than the Raiders did.  Of course part of that is going up by 21 points in the first quarter.

The Chiefs knew what the Broncos strengths were, too.  They got torn apart.  The Broncos marched down the field like the Chiefs were a Pop Warner team.

Remarkably, the Chiefs had a chance to at least make this game respectable. 

The Broncos took their first possession of the second half and marched down the field and scored a touchdown. 

The Chiefs, after an excellent long drive have first and goal from the one.  They turn it over on downs.  Almost unforgivable in a game when you are down by so much.

That's game, set and match.

They couldn't stop them in the first, second, third or fourth quarter.

We can analyze and look for the good and bad, but why bother?  It will be a painful exercise in futility.  I'll bet they'll even be the Cassel and Bowe haters out.  Good luck. 

I do, however, want to take this moment to say a little "I told you so."  For all the people who have been complaining and whining about Matt Cassel all year, and how he could not throw the long ball, he has no arm, he misses receivers, etc.

Well, here's his stat line for today's game: 33/53, 469 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT.  Probably one of the best lines of the year for any quarterback.

But they lost the game by 20 points.

As I've said many times, I don't care what his stats are, I care that the Chiefs win the game.  He was forced into playing a different type of game today and showed what he can do.

So, I would hope from now on, if you're a Chief fan, you'll shut up about Cassel and recognize he's a great quarterback and simply does what's asked of him from the coaching staff.

All of that said, the Chiefs are still where they want to be.  A young team built on a solid foundation of fundamentals and work ethic, stressed by professionalism and team work.

I'm aware that negativity will be the menu of the day.  That's true in sports and anything else when immediate gratification is not served up.

I'll leave that to the many others.  I will stay positive because this is still a team that is far, far better than it was a year ago and it's future is bright.

Denver simply beat them in every stage of the game today.  That happens in sports.

Lastly, I believe this game opens the door for the Chargers to once again win the AFC West.