Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs

The first five weeks were a lot of fun, but the Chiefs just might be better off now than they were through their 5-0 stretch.

Marcus Peters just had the game of his career in the most important regular-season game of Andy Reid’s Chiefs tenure. The offense is fixed, in large part thanks to Kareem Hunt. The Kansas City Chiefs seem confident, and are firing on all cylinders. Times are good.

So where do we go from here? How optimistic can Chiefs Kingdom dare to be?

It’s not quite as bright as it was in week five, but it might be better this way.

The Chiefs showed a lot of weaknesses in their midseason meltdown, so now it feels like the Chiefs are a flawed team, masquerading as an AFC West champion-to-be and a faux-contender. But it may not be that bleak.

The Chiefs showed a lot of flaws, but they just might be better for them. The offense has been refocused and rebuilt on Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. The defense has looked better in the last two weeks than it looked at any point through the first five. The offense was beaten by cover-two defenses and even meager pressure on Alex Smith, but now they’re busting zones and the offensive line and Alex Smith seem to trust each other again. The defense couldn’t get pressure on a quarterback to save their lives, now they live in the backfield.

These were all issues that would cost the Chiefs a playoff game (or even a playoff spot) if they weren’t resolved eventually. With two convincing divisional wins in the last two weeks, you can make a reasonable argument that the Chiefs are better off now than they were in week five.

Also on today’s show: lots of discussion about Marcus Peters, and Ron Parker and Darrelle Revis give Peters high praise.