[Kansas City.com] One thing about the Chiefs as they lurch through their first season under Herm Edwards: They’ve shown remarkable resiliency in the darkest of times.
They bounced back from a difficult 0-2 start, after their October debacle in Pittsburgh and their heartbreaking November loss to Miami.
That quality will get tested now like never before. Not only are they trying to recover from Sunday’s 31-28 overtime loss to Cleveland – a game the Chiefs appeared to have well in hand with 9 minutes left in regulation when they led by two touchdowns – but they face two straight games against AFC division leaders.
The 9-3 Ravens come to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. The Chiefs play at the 10-2 Chargers on Dec. 17.
“We’re not in a position where we can sit here and sulk about a loss,” fullback Kris Wilson said. “We’ll be fine. We’ll come back from this. We’ve got to finish this thing out strong.”
The Chiefs indeed might have gone too far with their loss to the Browns. Their margin for error is now uncomfortably tight. They slipped to 7-5, making them one of five AFC wild-card contenders with that record.
They are fourth among them in line for the two wild-card spots. The Chiefs currently have the edge on the Broncos because of a better record in AFC West games, but at 3-5 they are the worst in conference games among the other contenders.
The Chiefs would have been one of the wild-card teams if the season had ended last week. That slippage is why they’re looking at Sunday’s game as a must-win.
“It’s gut-check time for us,” tight end Tony Gonzalez said. “There’s no other way to say it: We can’t afford to lose this one. Then it’s really out of our control as far as the playoff picture goes.”