The Kansas City Chiefs are now 7-0 this season after a huge win against the Texans. According to many analysts, they have the formula of a championship team.
Anybody who watched the Chiefs' 17-16 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday learned something important: This team is not built to do things easily. It grinds away on offense, limiting turnovers and hoping for enough big plays to generate points. It swarms opponents on defense and produces plenty of underappreciated moments with consistent special teams. That formula has been good enough to push the Chiefs' record to 7-0. It also will be the reason they go deep into this postseason.
This Kansas City squad — a team currently on its way to winning 13 or 14 regular-season games — is starting to bear a striking resemblance to Super Bowl winners that thrived with limited offenses and suffocating defenses. The 2000 Baltimore Ravens rode that wave to a championship. The 2001 New England Patriots did the same thing, as did the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. These are just the teams that walked away with Lombardi Trophies, but you get the point. The Chiefs are not swimming in uncharted waters here.
This Kansas City Chiefs squad is for real. With their defense and Alex Smith playing at a high level, this team will definitely be making some noise in the postseason. The question now is can anyone stop them?