As twelve playoff teams battle it out on this unprecedented Super Wild Card Weekend, the Chiefs are nestled and snug in their beds while visions of how they’ll Run It Back dance in their heads. The team from Kansas City finished of the 2020 season with a 38-21 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. It’s a loss with an asterisk however because they played as many of their 2nd and 3rd string players as the league would allow and the game had absolutely no effect on their playoff seeding.
I won’t get into the details of how a team going 14-2 versus 15-1 has panned out in the past, I’ll leave that for next weel. Suffice it to say, if you’re into numerology, it bodes well for the Chiefs. What I will say is the KC brass got a chance to evaluate their backups in a real live regular season game against a division rival who was really trying to win. LA players and their Coach were playing for their jobs but despite their victory, it wasn’t enough to save Coach Anthony Lynn from being fired and a number of players will be shown the door soon enough.
Ward and Baker both finished with sacks and all three of the young players looked like potential future contributors. Unfortunately, DeAndre broke his femur, yes ouch, and will be out anywhere from 4 to 6 months. Based on his play and the way the Coaches seem to feel about him, I believe we could see Sneed and Baker become the Chiefs starting CB tandem for the next 6 or 7 years. Better a broken bone than knee ligaments as they take a year or more to fully heal post-op and are never truly the same.
On the offensive side of the ball, Darwin Thompson looked like he has been a wise investment in time and energy as he played well through most of the game. The few hiccups he had could be sorted out once Mahomes is under center. Byron Pringle of course was his usual, “Give me playing time and I will shine” self and I for one hope to see more of him during the playoffs. The first three playoff games are in the books with none of the teams playing like world beaters. By the end of day tomorrow 6 teams will have been eliminated from the playoffs and so will end their chances to take their best shot at the Chiefs without ever getting to throw a punch in their direction. The Colts, Seahawks and Washington will all be experiencing the playoffs just like you and I dear reader. Watching it on tv, unless they score a ticket to one of the games with actual fans in the building. Their year is done and they won’t be stepping on the field ’til next season.
We won’t know who the Chiefs opponent will be until after the Steelers play the Browns as Cleveland is the lowest seed. KC won’t face #2 seed Buffalo or #3 Pittsburgh but whether it’s the #6 Browns, #5 Ravens or #4 Titans, I believe the Chiefs will be ready and waiting quite inhospitably. There will likely be a small but boisterous crowd at Arrowhead and I expect Mahomes to be sharp and hyper focused after last season’s playoff slow start experience. Enjoy the games this Sunday and rest easy this week Chiefs Kingdom. Our team will be sharpening their tools and ready to unleash their football arsenal come next weekend.
By Danilo “DJ” Di Julio – RGR contributor and host of Kingdom Corner, host of CHIEFS CHAT on YouTube
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