I told myself I wasn't even going to watch this game. I really didn't see the point. The Chiefs already had the AFC West won. They were already guaranteed a spot in the Playoffs. They couldn't hurt or help themselves with the game. But then I saw that that our local CBS affiliates would be televising the game. And plus, it was a chance to get some revenge on the Raiders so I figured I might as well watch. At least for a little bit.
Turns out a little bit was all it took.
It suddenly dawned me as I was watching the game that Kansas City had their starters in the game. Was I missing something? This was essentially a meaningless game. They were taking the chance of someone getting injured in a game that had no bearing on their playoff standing. I was going to be HOT if something happened and one of our key weapons wouldn't be available next week. What exactly was the Chiefs coaching staff thinking?
Then I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they were treating this like a regular game so the fellas wouldn't get rusty. Afterall, they would have Baltimore in the first round of the Playoffs. That's not a contest they want to go into without having warmed up. Nothing like getting ready then by taking out some aggression on a conference rival.
Too bad it didn't quite shape up that way.
Those same starters that I was just mentioning earlier that shouldn't have been playing? Yeah, well you certainly wouldn't have known they were on the field by the way they were playing. They just couldn't seem to get clicking. I couldn't help but wonder if maybe they had mentally checked out. Maybe they were already looking ahead to next week so they weren't give this game their all like they really could have. It certainly seemed like it.
Or maybe Charlie Weiss had checked out since he's already accepted the offensive coordinator job at Florida. Maybe that's why the offense couldn't execute properly because he was doing a half-arse job knowing that he was about to be out of there. We'll just put it all on him. And if they lose next week due to another anemic offensive performance then that will be on him too.
I didn't even bother to check out the second half. I had seen enough to know that these weren't the Arrowhead Chiefs I was accustomed to watching. I knew I would be better off going to see a matinee than to see the Raiders continue to get in their arses. A 31-10 loss to Oakland at home is NOT a good look to end the season. Although I did find humor in the fact that the Raiders swept their division and STILL didn't make it into the Playoffs.
What I don't like is now we have to face a Baltimore Ravens team chomping at the bit. The Chiefs haven't had Playoff experience in YEARS. The Ravens don't have that problem. I wish I could buy into E's philosophy that Kanas City was just playing like crap this game because they wanted to lull Baltimore into a false sense of security. Instead, I just have a funny feeling that that this will be another year that we don't get out of the first round.
I sure hope they prove me wrong.