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Is a Super Bowl game in the Kansas City team’s future?

10/21/2013

Those who haven’t yet caught Chiefs fever may want to prepare for the inevitable because it is coming with full force. The highly contagious Kansas City Chiefs’ fever is sweeping the Midwest and beyond as the NFL team continues its undefeated season — the first since 2003.

In what seems like a miracle to longtime fans, the Chiefs and its Coach Andy Reid have defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans in order this season and the chance of winning the remaining games looks bright too. How did all this happen, particularly after achieving the worst record in the NFL last season?

Those who haven’t yet caught Chiefs fever may want to prepare for the inevitable because it is coming with full force. The highly contagious Kansas City Chiefs’ fever is sweeping the Midwest and beyond as the NFL team continues its undefeated season — the first since 2003.

In what seems like a miracle to longtime fans, the Chiefs and its Coach Andy Reid have defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans in order this season and the chance of winning the remaining games looks bright too. How did all this happen, particularly after achieving the worst record in the NFL last season?

Besides having a new head coach and lots of new assistant coaches, the team also added defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, whose aggressive style is working well with the team’s strategy and a new general manager, John Dorsey. The players are executing well too. Of course, those on the field aren’t the only ones making a difference. The fans are playing a vast role too. Last week the loud and proud crowd broke a Guinness Book World Record as the loudest stadium in the world with a 137.5 decibel reading at Arrowhead Stadium during the fourth quarter of its game against the Oakland Raiders. That feat took the record from the Seattle Seahawks — one team that the Chiefs aren’t scheduled to face on the field this year too. That decibel level is just below the roar of a jet engine.

The past six years haven’t been kind to the Chiefs with two, two-win and two, four-win seasons since 2007, which includes last year’s 2-14 season, so the resulting easier schedule is helping the Chiefs rebound too.

This season Alex Smith is leading as the top passer, Jamaal Charles as top rusher and Donnie Avery and Anthony Sherman as top receivers. Dexter McCluster is delivering too — on offense and as a return man. Each of those players has shown leadership and determination to propel the team’s ever-growing winning record. Plus the coaches were deliberate in filling holes in the roster with free agents that they believed would be playmakers and alas the “Magnificent Seven” were born. The players credit the coaches for creating a family-like atmosphere that includes a plan on how to accomplish the wins they all want to achieve. The players say they understand and believe in the plan and are doing their part to accomplish it.

It is early yet, with just seven of the team’s 16 regular-season games played and some tough teams are yet to come. Opponents yet-to-be-faced in chronological order include Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins and Indianapolis Colts. In the western division Denver was the lone other undefeated team but experienced a loss Sunday — still that battle is bound to be a competitive one.

Despite the Chiefs’ overall winning record the team only has won one Super Bowl in 1970. Enthusiastic fans with the Chiefs fever would like to add another notch to its string of recent successes and keep the Chiefs Nation momentum moving forward as a playoff contender again. This is one fever that the public won’t mind catching.

— Jeanny Sharp, editor and publisher

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