A Wild & Mediocre AFC West … Tuesday Cup O’Chiefs

It’s the halfway point of the 2011 NFL season, and it’s already been filled with a lot of twists and turns with only half of the schedule has been completed.

There are some ups and downs to come, maybe a lot of ups and downs.

“It’s been an adventurous first half of the season,” Chiefs head coach Todd Haley said Monday when discussing his team’s smack down from the Miami Dolphins 31-3. “It was a different set of encyclopedias from the start. Everybody has had the same challenges with the lack of off-season and those things. I think it’s led to a unique year thus far. I said in training camp that it would be a wild ride and it hasn’t disappointed.

“We have a team that is still developing and still a work in progress. I think our guys have been through a lot together. They’ve shown great resolve, great resiliency. Those are characteristics I would like to have with my team. We’ve shown the ability to fight back and claw and scratch. I’m excited in the direction we are going now.”

Right now, that direction remains a bit unknown after a four-game winning streak was brought to a halt by the Dolphins. Despite a failure of every facet of the Chiefs operation against Miami, they came out of the game barely touched in the entire picture of the division and conference. They remain part of the chase to the playoffs due to the mediocrity/parity of the AFC West. Half the season down and the Chiefs are tied with the Chargers and Raiders for first place. Just a game behind is Denver, and the Broncos are coming to Arrowhead Stadium this coming weekend, just a week after they went to Oakland and beat the Raiders by 14 points.

The team that finishes on top of the AFC West gets a trip to the playoffs, whether they deserve one or not. That’s what the Chiefs are fighting for since a wildcard spot is out of consideration. There are already seven teams with better records ahead of them. Three of those will win divisions, so that leaves four teams fighting for two wildcard spots, before things even filter down to where the AFC West resides.

With their schedule ahead, the Chiefs need to find some consistency in their performance, on both offense and defense.

“Consistency is the key to being a good team and a great team,” said Haley. “Very rarely do you see a team that is inconsistent be the last team standing. Consistency is one of those things that we are really going to work hard on. We have to continue to get better. I feel like we’ve done that to this point, and that needs to continue.

“Part of getting better is being more consistent. That will be one of our goals.”

There are 13 teams that still have a shot at a spot in the AFC playoffs and the Chiefs face one of the toughest closing schedules with seven opponents with a combined 36-21 record. Only Oakland faces a tougher schedule ahead than the Chiefs, as their opponents have a combined record of 40-26.

Below are the overall and conference records for those 13 teams, along with their opponents over the last eight weeks of the season.

Tm

Rec

Pct.

AFC

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

Rec

BAL

6-2

.750

4-2

SEA

CIN

SF

CLV

IND

SD

CLV

CIN

22-27

CIN

6-2

.750

5-1

PIT

BAL

CLV

PIT

HOU

STL

ARZ

BAL

24-26

                         
HOU

6-3

.667

6-2

TB

BYE

JAX

ATL

CIN

CAR

IND

TEN

23-34

PIT

6-3

.667

4-3

CIN

BYE

KC

CIN

CLV

SF

STL

CLV

21-19

                         
BUF

5-3

.625

3-2

DAL

MIA

NYJ

TEN

SD

MIA

DEN

NE

26-30

NE

5-3

.625

4-2

NYJ

KC

PHL

IND

WAS

DEN

MIA

BUF

24-41

NYJ

5-3

.625

4-3

NE

DEN

BUF

WAS

KC

PHL

NYG

MIA

30-34

                         
KC

4-4

.500

3-3

DEN

NE

PIT

CHI

NYJ

GB

OAK

DEN

36-21

OAK

4-4

.500

4-4

SD

MIN

CHI

MIA

GB

DET

KC

SD

40-26

SD

4-4

.500

3-3

OAK

CHI

DEN

JAX

BUF

BAL

DET

OAK

31-25

TEN

4-4

.500

4-4

CAR

ATL

TB

BUF

NO

IND

JAX

HOU

30-37

                         
CLV

3-5

.375

2-4

STL

JAX

CIN

BAL

PIT

ARZ

BAL

PIT

23-26

DEN

3-5

.375

3-3

KC

NYJ

SD

MIN

CHI

NE

BUF

KC

29-26

BLUE-Home.
RED-Road.
Black-Bye.


9 Responses to “A Wild & Mediocre AFC West … Tuesday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • November 8, 2011  - KC_Guy says:

    The Chiefs need to win their three games against DEN and OAK – plus two. Winning against DEN and OAK would give them a good shot at the Division tiebreaker – and I’m pretty sure it will come down to that.

    However, after the show they put on last sunday the Chiefs should be glad if they win even a single game left.


  • November 8, 2011  - RW says:

    Haley continues to get caught up in too much PC front office talk. If they play hard, as a team, and regardless of the outcome, hold your head up and say that.

    If they sucked, are horribly inconsistent, blame yourself, the coaches and players. An apology to the fans for mailing in a game like the one against Miami would also play well with the fan base.

    Otherwise, nip the cheesy rhetoric, shut up and get on down the road.


  • November 8, 2011  - bhive01 says:

    This year has definitely been crazy. I think the Dolphins were on top of their game and we were caught flat footed after an emotional victory at home. I think we can beat Denver at home, but the rest of the schedule looks bleak until Denver again. And, who knows… maybe Denver steps up like the Dolphins and makes our life a lot more difficult.


  • November 8, 2011  - James says:

    Well said RW. I’m tired of this work in process crap. It’s year three of the Pioli/Haley regime and they do this against the Dolphins. They should refund the season ticket holder’s for this game.


  • November 8, 2011  - el cid says:

    We are at the half way point of the season and I cannot figure out much about who or what the KC Chiefs are.

    As for last sunday, any and every team has not shown up for a game against an “inferior” opponent. We need to get over it, as fans.

    But looking forward, this team is in trouble at most levels of management or play. If we win enough to make the playoffs, what do you expect to happen? We get killed by more talented coaching and players.

    But it is not all doom and gloom. Pioli’s first 5 year plan is half over and if he really wants to put a winner in KC, a lot of positive changes will HAVE happen in the next year and a half. If players come back from injury and can still play, that is good. Add a few free agents who are starters, Haley gets better at HC duties, and some of the kid we consider as roster fillers develope into legit player, good things are ahead.

    That is as positive as I get.


  • November 8, 2011  - Johnfromwichita says:

    I go back to being a die-hard fan since 1965. I’ve seen great years, good years, wasted years, and horrible years. But I have never seen a year like this. From the high of Monday night to the low of Sunday afternoon. My guess is that by the end of the season we won’t know if this was a good team or a bad one. Kinda intresting but not very satisfying.


  • November 8, 2011  - Niblick says:

    I wasn’t aware Pioli had a five year plan. I think that was Peterson, at least that’s what was interpeted by the fans. All I ever heardd Pioli say was he wants to win a champonship when he was hired. He didn’t say how long, but I think five years is a reasonable time.


  • November 8, 2011  - el cid says:

    Pioli said when he first got here there was no quick fix for the Chiefs and he would need 5 years to get his type player in place. Part of the reason I dislike his view of what a football team is. I never bought into 5 years to turn a team around, from perenial loser to dominante team.

    No matter what, the developement of the Chiefs as a team is lagging behind. To many draft picks have missed, to few free agents. Haley is like a a one armed fighter with no one helping with his missing arm. Just let him swing away and hope for the best, there is no sense of urgency to develope (back to the we go 5 years to put it together).


  • November 8, 2011  - el cid says:

    Got to say the Chiefs have the very best fans in pro sports. Two Johns, Wichita and Fairfax, support this team unquestioningly. I believe there are more out there, who buy the tickets, parking passes, red gear, and wear their hearts on their sleeves for this team. I only wish we had a better operation to support. It is not about this year or this team, it is about how the ownership approach the business. What fans should expect, and whether or not the team is delivering it. On that subject I doubt we agree on much.

    What the Chiefs do in the future will tell if it was worth it all.




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