It’s a Start

There were smiles all around late last night at my house when San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers’ pass fell incomplete on fourth down and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Chargers 21-14 in Kansas City.

We also breathed a sigh of relief because we’d seen the Chiefs lose too much the last few years.

We also don’t like Philip (the mouth) Rivers, so we were all smiles last night when no matter how loud Rivers yelled or how much he complained his mouth was drowned out by the Chiefs fans at Arrowhead – and most of it was done during heavy rain.

I thought the Chiefs would win this game. In fact, I had predicted a Chiefs victory way back on August 12 and again on September 8:

By the way, the Chargers will lose the Monday Night opener (September 13) at the new and improved Arrowhead Stadium in front of 80,000 Chiefs fans. The sea of red will be too much for Phillip Rivers, his mouth, and the Chargers.

All the folks watching the Chiefs at my house were just a little tired. You see, we’d been waiting all weekend for the game. We had to sit through an earlier Monday Night Football game just to get to the main course: Chiefs versus Chargers at Arrowhead – the new and improved Arrowhead. Of course, there was plenty of food and drink to keep our strength up before and during the game. The “tailgating” started about 3:00 p.m. at my house.

By the way, Saints, Vikings, and Lions fans: This was real football. They play outside. They play on real grass. There was mud and grass stains on the uniforms.

Kansas City Star Sports reporter Sam Mellinger said it best:

Take a bow, Chiefs fans. For one night, at least, you turned Arrowhead into a time machine, a warp back to the mid-1990s when this place earned the title of the NFL’s Loudest Stadium. A 21-14 win over the Chargers reminded a national TV audience on “Monday Night Football” what Arrowhead Stadium can be.

Exactly. ESPN and NBC needs to put the Chiefs and Arrowhead on their schedules for nationally televised games.

The Kansas City Chiefs are all alone in first place in the AFC West (Denver and Oakland lost their games, too). Yes, that’s bragging because it’s been awhile.

Does this mean the Chiefs are headed to the playoffs and will win the AFC West? Nope. The Chiefs have plenty to work on to become a team like they had back in the mid-1990s.

But during a rainy night on Monday Night Football, the Chiefs gave all their fans a little more hope that they are on their way.

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