This was the Friday-night preseason game at Arrowhead between the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks. The 44-14 loss was hard to watch, even with the aid of the fast-forward button. It's a lot more difficult to dismiss this as a random preseason shellacking since nearly all of that scoring occurred with the Chiefs' starters still in the game. It's getting harder to predict regular season success for a team that has hovered around a division title the past two years only because of the mediocrity of its division.
I'm not from Kansas City. I didn't grow up cheering for the Chiefs. I like to think I can make an objective assessment of the team. Based on the players returning from injury and offseason signings, I felt like the Chiefs would be a better version of the scrappy defensive team that was in contention the latter half of the season after a horrific start.
But now I'm noticing my thinking as a Cubs' fan creeping into the equation — I'm justifying poor performances and elevating moments of brilliance to fit the narrative that I want to create for the Chiefs this season. Well, these games don't count. The Chiefs are working on timing (case in point: Dwayne Bowe dropping two passes that hit him in the hands), not winning. Even with another slow to start to the season, there are always enough games within the division to make up a deficit. All of which allows me to ignore what I'm actually seeing on the field.
"We need to figure out what we do well with this team," coach Romeo Crennel told the Associated Press after the game.
Me, too, Coach.