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What a Difference a Win Makes

Everyone at Arrowhead is all smiles this week, L.J. seems to understand his role in the offense, two weeks after saying he saw “the writing on the wall”. Derrick Johnson played the best game of his Chiefs career Sunday, a forced fumble, interception and a half a sack that went uncredited.. Now in his fourth year Johnson may have finally realized his potential and role on the team as leader of the defense. That would be good news for the Chiefs who are in need of leadership with all the young inexperienced players.

With the Chiefs victory over the Denver Broncos they put their selves in a position with a win at Carolina and a Chargers loss to move into a two way tie in the AFC WEST. Granted that seems to be a unlikely scenario but keep in mind a Chiefs victory against a undefeated Broncos team seemed unlikely. With a victory in hand at least the Chiefs now have some scenarios. … . The Chargers will face a Dolphins team that is unpredictable to say the least, they started out 0-2 and then knocked of the Patriots snapping their regular season winning streak, in dominating fashion in their house. The Chargers have shown the propensity to play to their competitions level. Last week they let the Raiders get up on them 18-3 before exploding for 25 points in the fourth quarter. This game has upset written all over it.

But the Chiefs cannot afford making the mistake of thinking they have corrected their problems. They still have a run defense that looks like swiss cheese. The receivers have not got separation all season, besides Tony G and D-Bowe no receiver has stepped up to be a third option in the passing game. The Chiefs are one victory away from a full blown QB controversy if Damon Huard leads his second consecutive upset it would be hard to put him on the bench when injured QB Brodie Croyle returns after the bye week.

This game is major fork in the road for the Chiefs, a victory and Huard might remain QB and the Chiefs would still be in the hunt in the AFC west. Herm said in his press conference Tuesday that if the Chiefs kept winning “who knows …..stay tuned”. 2-3 is a lot different than 1-4 at 2-3 you can be competitive at 1-4 you are dead in the water and your season is over . At 1-4 there would be no point in playing Huard the Chiefs would need to play Brodie the rest of the season just to see what most people already know, that he was drafted in the third round to be Trent Green’s backup not to be the quarterback of the future. Brodie has shown no signs of being a starting NFL QB or the ability to stay healthy long enough to develop into that guy. But he has played so little that if your season is lost you have to play him just to make sure he is not the “guy”.

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