Kansas City Chiefs: The Media Is Starting To Like Them

John BartramCorrespondent IIOctober 25, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after passing to Dwayne Bowe #82 for a touchdown  during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 24, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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On Sept. 26 of this year I wrote an article, "The Chiefs are the Real Deal even if the Media Doesn't Like it".

I wrote that because of all the stories I read following the Chiefs destruction of San Fransisco.  They were either about other games, or neutral to negative about the Chiefs.

After that game, they stood at 3-0.  The media had excuses for all of them.  From bad weather to bad teams.

Today, the tide has officially changed.  Ironically, the shift started after the Chiefs loss in Indianapolis.  It followed to a certain degree after the Houston loss.

They, the media, were all looking to this game.  When, however the Jaguars quarterbacks all got injured most peopled assumed the Chiefs would win.

Win they did, but it was how they won. They weren't perfect, but they were not far from it. 

The articles I was reading today in the the national media were all close to unanimous- It's time to take the Kansas City Chiefs serious.

They came into yesterdays game leading the NFL in rushing with 163 yards-per-game.  I don't think they will lose the No. 1 ranking.  Eric Berry had his first of what should be many career interceptions.  Derrick Johnson not only had one, but returned it for a score. 

The defense also forced a fumble.  Anyone watching the Chiefs can see that Glenn Dorsey is a completely different player.  Not just in his play, but his attitude.  He is fired up, aggressive and turning into the player the Chiefs had hoped they drafted.

Now, my favorite subject, Matt Cassel.  Anyone who has read anything I've written knows I believe in him as the quarterback of the present and future for the Chiefs.

This opinion has been met with virtually nothing but opposition.

In the last two games, Cassel has completed 70 percent of his passes, has five touchdowns, and no interceptions.  Additionally, in those two games, the Chiefs have scored 73 points.  He's been sacked five times this year, no more than once in any game.

I'm not quite sure what people expect from a quarterback.  Does he have to throw for 300 yards?  Is it necessary that he has 40 or 50 attempts?  Going into yesterdays games, there were seven games where the quarterback has thrown for more than 400 yards.  They managed one win and six losses.

Dwayne Bowe seems to be improving, at least based in this game.  Tony Moeaki is one of the steals of the draft.  Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster are fantastic in the pass game coming out on screens and short routes.

My point is, with the rushing game, now at 176 yards a game, and Cassel and his receivers improving every week, they are setting themselves up to be an explosive play action passing team.

A few days ago I wrote an article and stated that I believed the Chargers were in a must win game with the Pats.  They lost.  I think they are finished. 

I also said I believed Denver to be the Chiefs biggest threat in the division.

How one game can change everything!  It's not so much that the Raiders beat them but it is obviously how they beat them. 

Can the Broncos, at 2-5, rebound from a defeat like that?  I don't think so.  Since they started 6-0 last year they are 5-15 since. 

So, that leaves the Raiders at 3-4.  Are they now the Chiefs threat in the AFC West?  No. 

In two weeks the Chiefs play in Oakland.  The Raiders may win that game.  It's a divisional game, they're home.  If the Chiefs do, game, set and match.  However, even if the Raiders win that game, they play the second to last game of the season at Arrowhead Stadium.

They will not win that game.  Not a chance.

The Chiefs are mathematically ahead of the Chargers and Broncos by a wide margin at this point in the season.  Additionally, they've beaten the Chargers, who have also lost to the Raiders.  Now, the Raiders have beaten the Broncos.

That means that the Chargers and Broncos have lost every divisional game so far, including the Chargers loss to the Chiefs in week one.

Besides being mathematically ahead, the Chiefs are a superior team, with superior coaching.  That is why the AFC West is theirs to lose. 

Now, it's obvious.  The media knows it, most logical fans know it and soon everyone will know.  Right now, they are still floating under the radar, which is great.

Every week there are bigger stories.  Baby Jay Cutler throwing four interceptions, to the same person!  Brett Farve, because the media always has to talk about the egotistical fool, the Raiders dropping 59 on Denver—in Denver, the Saints getting plastered, at home by the Browns, etc.

Almost as sickening as Farve is the media's fascination with Ben Roethlisberger.  I've already written my article about him as well.  People forget why he was suspended and his past behavior.  Just throw the football.

Let all these stories dominate the headlines, and let the Chiefs continue to slowly develop, keep winning at a nice pace and eventually they'll have no choice but to become a headline.

As of now though, they've gotten the respect they deserve.  This is a perfect balance, respect them, and leave them alone.


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