Some aspects of this article no longer apply because it was written a week ago. But it's a good read just the same. It's basically a reality check on all the overreactions that have happened recently.
I know we're a REALLY long shot to make the playoffs now, but if it's any comfort Inpredictable's algorithm still gives the Chiefs the 8th best GPF (Generic Points Favored) in the league. This is the number of points a team would be favored against a league average opponent at a neutral field.
Played with the ESPN Playoff Machine a bit. It looks like it's incredibly likely we make the playoffs if we win all three remaining games and actually still fairly likely if we lose one of them as long as that one isn't week 17 against the Chargers. Fortunately we should have the tiebreaker over most teams.
We might control our own destiny, but what we have to control is the line of scrimmage. Our defense is really pretty good, but not so much at stopping the run - Steelers? That kid has three 200 yard games in a row. Plus it would be nice if our offense could score in the second half. Or get a few first downs. Or not turn the ball over. Or run a two minute offense that makes some kind of sense. OK, I am done venting.
I recommend checking out more of the stories by The Race Card Project. They're really great, thoughtful discussions on race, but this one is particularly good. NPR must have agreed because they did three segments on it.
"The Black Hole" at Oakland Coliseum seats the most die-hard Oakland Raiders fans. Unfortunately, the light of victory has yet to shine on the team this season. Scott Ostler from the San Francisco Chronicle joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the winless Raiders.
The game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers will have a bigger impact on the Dolphins’ playoff chances than Miami’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens playoff chances actually improve with a Steelers victory over the Chiefs; this despite the fact that they are battling the Steelers for the division title. With nearly 150 percent of playoff “swing” at stake, the Chiefs-Steelers game figures to be one of the most important matchups this week.