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Trying to make sense of the Chiefs’ lifeless loss to the Giants

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While Kansas City’s 12-9 loss to the Giants in itself is painful enough for fans, it’s intensified by the entire country seeing what the Chiefs were capable of early in the season. (AP) While Kansas City’s 12-9 loss to the Giants in itself is painful enough for fans, it’s intensified by the entire country seeing what the Chiefs were capable of early in the season. (AP)
EAST RUTHERFOR, N.J. (FOOTBALL KC) -

As the holiday season approaches, it’s as if Chiefs fans have already felt the feeling of getting the present they’ve always wished for, only to have your older sibling break it before the day’s end.

On Oct. 8, Kansas City claimed a league-best 5-0 record, multiple MVP candidates and one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. It was the present Chiefs fans asked for when Andy Reid came to town in 2013.

Just six weeks later, it’s as if the Grinch came and swiped that present, took away that optimistic feeling and replaced it with a bag of coal. The sadness in Kansas City on Monday will not be far off from that of the people in Whoville.

While Kansas City’s 12-9 loss to the Giants in itself is painful enough for fans, it’s intensified by the entire country seeing what the Chiefs were capable of early in the season, raising expectations across the board.

With wins over top teams like New England and Philadelphia, fans had their sights set on an easy division win and potentially home field advantage throughout the playoffs, all culminating in what could be a promising postseason run.

Now that feeling is gone, after the team loses four of its last five games, sounding alarms across Kansas City that this holiday season probably won’t be that different from any of the others.

By this time next month, it’ll be clear whether this was the back-breaking point of the season or the moment that sparked the team back to life. Just as you can’t erase the success the Chiefs started the year with, the embarrassing loss and 1-4 aren't going anywhere either.

Kansas City officially has problems that were not solved over the bye week. This isn’t the Steelers who have always had the Chiefs’ number or a tough divisional road game in Oakland, this was a matchup against a 1-8 team, with a locker room in chaos and a coach on the hot seat, that Kansas City had an extra week to prepare for.

It will go down as one of the worst losses since Reid came to Kansas City, but eventually, will be glossed over for the season as a totality. If this leads to a new offensive game plan against the cover 2 scheme, more intense practicing and preparation or a more aggressive defensive attack, then this game could go chalked up as a necessary learning hurdle.

But the fear for many after watching Kansas City turn the ball over three times is that this is closer to the real Chiefs team than that of September. This served as an opportunistic game to get some mojo back, prove to themselves, their fans, and the league, that the recent struggles were just a few hiccups en-route to a first-round bye.

Now, real changes and adjustments will be made in the final six weeks. While the Chiefs could still make the playoffs without changing much, just making the playoffs is no longer the most asked for wish atop Santa’s list.

Fans saw that shiny present sitting on the window sill, optimism was high, expectations rose, and it’s now gut-check time for every coach and player in the locker room. Living up to their weeks one through five potential is tough, but the mediocre play isn’t accepted anymore.

Just like that one memorable childhood gift, maybe it’ll all be worth the wait in the end. Perhaps this makes coach Andy Reid, quarterback Alex Smith, tight end Travis Kelce and company better come playoff time in January.

Either way, the holidays and NFL postseason will come and go, whether the Chiefs are ready or not. There’ll be something under the tree for Chiefs fans by season’s end regardless, but for now, it’s looking like more of the same rather than that special gift. Thankfully, there’s still plenty of time for St. Nick to double check that list.

Kansas City will host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, with kickoff set for noon on KCTV5.

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