Professional football is one of my favorite hobbies – scratch that – obsessions.
Every Sunday I’m glued to the television for hours on end like it’s some kind of religion to me.
This year however, the season has started out extremely surprisingly. Actually, it’s more like an episode out of “The Twilight Zone.” It’s like my daydreams have finally turned into reality.
My favorite NFL team, the Kansas City Chiefs, is among just three undefeated teams heading into week four. And since the Chiefs have a bye this coming weekend, they will remain undefeated.
The Chiefs have already nearly matched last year’s total wins of four. Why is this so farfetched and unexpected? Because even I, a die-hard Chiefs fan, didn’t see this coming.
And before you think, “Who have they beaten that’s even worthwhile?” let me explain. They came out with incredible intensity in the opening Monday night game against the Chargers, who by the way, were not only expected to sweep the AFC West title this year, but were also an early Superbowl contender.
The Chiefs followed up with an ugly win against the Browns, which I will admit it wasn’t anything special. Last weekend, however, is what put me over the top.
They faced the San Francisco 49ers, which were fresh off a near-upsetting loss to the defending champion New Orleans Saints. Yes, the 49ers sat at 0-2 when they came into Arrowhead on Sunday, but at the start of the year they were favorites to win their division, and like I mentioned, they gave the Saints a run for their money.
I thought this was going to either be a loss or a close, close win. San Francisco simply has way more talent than the Chiefs do.
But what happened instead was an all out domination by the Chiefs in every phase of the game. Jamal Charles and Thomas Jones ran all over the Patrick Willis-led 49ers defense.
Frank Gore could hardly get to the line of scrimmage. Matt Cassell threw for three touchdowns while Alex Smith could barely get into the Chiefs territory. The Chiefs’ rookies shined yet again and finally won over my complete approval.
While the year is still early, the Chiefs currently sit atop the AFC West standings with a two-game lead.
Their next game after the bye week will be against the Superbowl losers, the Indianapolis Colts.
It will be, most likely, their toughest game of the year. It’s the game that can turn them from pretenders into contenders.
With two weeks to prepare for the amazing Peyton Manning and all this momentum on our side, I see a legitimate chance of KC pulling out a win.
The Colts haven’t played up to par quite yet this season. Arian Foster of the Houston Texans ran for over 250 yards on their defense. Imagine what Charles and Jones will do. They let Kyle Orton from the Broncos pass for over 400 yards. The Chiefs have better weapons that can do a lot more damage.
Not to mention, the defense ranks among the best so far in the league.
They are tied for second in points allowed. Romeo Crennel has quietly turned the defense into an aggressive, hard-hitting unit that forces turnovers.
They are led by one of the league’s best up and coming pass rushers in outside linebacker Tamba Hali and also by the most under rated defensive back in the NFL in Brandon Flowers. You’ve heard of Revis Island. Well here comes Flowers Garden.
I want to be humble, but the Chiefs are the hottest team in football right now, so I’m optimistic and enthusiastic about how this season could potentially turn out.