Thank you for an excellent post! It reminds me a bit of a comment made by General Longstreet while on a speaking tour several years after the Civil War was over. He was asked what had been done wrong that made the South lose the war and he responded with...."Well the yankees had a lot to do with it".
Yesterday, the Browns had a lot to do with it. AND WE STILL WON!!!! Their QB was SHARP after the first few series. He got his passes off quickly and accurately. Their D-line simply outplayed our O-line in the second half.
IMO the real question is WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED YESTERDAY?????
There are a lot of possibilities....
1) Any given Sunday.
2) The Browns aren't a bad team and simply "wanted" the game.....wanted to be the team that beat the only unbeaten team in the NFL.
3) And of course there is the possibility that the talking heads have been blabbering about....."The Chiefs are only winning because of an easy schedule".
Let me be clear how I feel.....
It was #1 & 2 above. The Browns played about the very best game they are capable of and in the end, the Chiefs were simply the better team.
We must not forget that we were 2-14 last year. And while that helped us in the draft, I don't see anybody from the draft that has turned the Chiefs around. Our high draft picks this year are NOT responsible for the turnaround. The turnaround is in our coaching staff. Our players are playing FAR better than they did last year. And that is all on the coaching staff. Good talent with GREAT coaching will trump great talent with lousy coaching damn near every time.
Yesterday we faced a team that played FAR better than we expected. The Browns came out DETERMINED to knock off the only undefeated team in the NFL.....and they damned near did.
But in the end, our defense made a 20-17 lead stick and our offense tossed in a FG at the end to make it 23-17.
Our offense got us a lead and our defense shut them out for the last quarter and a half of the game and that is why we won.
I don't know if we can do that to the Donks, Colts, Bolts and the better teams in the NFC, but we are going to find out soon enough.
MEANWHILE......The Chiefs are 8-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!