SOUTH FLORIDA, November 7, 2013 — The Kansas City Chiefs are the only unbeaten team at 9-0. They will not win the Super Bowl. They will not get to the Super Bowl. They may win one playoff game, but not more than that.
The Chiefs are pretenders. Their defense is for real. Coach Walrus Lite Andy Reid is for real. The offense is below average.
Ever since the 2000 Ravens won a Super Bowl ring with a Ray Lewis defense and a Trent Dilfer offense, other teams have tried to take that once in a generation example and declare it normal football. Defense wins championships, but the 1985 Bears and the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s had stars on offense as well.
The year 1993 was when the Chiefs began collecting aging San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks. Joe Montana was a legend, but after that came the overrated West Coast Offense dink and dunkers. Steve Bono and Elvis Grbac may have been the same person. Now the Chiefs have game manager Alex Smith, and the Chiefs have a miserable offense that, so far, has been bailed out by its stellar defense.
Remember the 1995 Chiefs. Steve Bono dinked and dunked them to a 13-3 record, but four of those wins came in overtime. They could have been 9-7, which was the record of the Colts team that shocked them in the playoffs. The Colts won 10-7 when Bono threw three interceptions and Lin Elliott missed three field goals.
The 2013 Chiefs are prime candidates for an early playoff exit. Andy Reid will build the offense into a winning operation. However, they are not there yet. Dink and Dunk with Dilfer does not work anymore. The Broncos, Patriots, Saints, and Seahawks would all dispatch the Chiefs with little effort.
The season has now reached the midpoint, so it is time for the home stretch to separate the contenders from the pretenders. Here is the NFL 2013 Week 10 Preview, with point spreads courtesy of The Linemakers.
Thursday, November 7, 8:30 p.m. EST
Washington Redskins (-2.5) at Minnesota Vikings—Neither Adrian Peterson nor Jared Allen play quarterback. Apparently neither does anyone else in Minnesota. Sadly for the Vikings, Robert Griffin III does. Redskins cover
Sunday, November 10, 1:00 p.m.
Seattle Seahawks (-7) at Atlanta Falcons—Seattle is winning ugly, and nearly lost last week at home to winless Tampa Bay. They will not take Atlanta lightly, since the Falcons knocked the Seahawks out of the playoff last year. Seahawks win but fail to cover
Cincinnati Bengals (-2) at Baltimore Ravens—The Bengals are better than past years and the Ravens are worse than in past years. Yet the Bengals’ loss last week at Miami makes it tough to trust them. Upset special, Ravens win outright
Detroit Lions (-2.5) at Chicago Bears—The injury to Aaron Rodgers gives both of these teams a real chance at winning the NFC North. Jay Cutler is still out, but the home field should be just enough to allow them to skate by against a Lions team that struggles on the road. Upset special, Bears win outright
Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers (-10)—The Packers were cruising to another division title until Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken clavicle. Nick Foles will not throw seven touchdown passes two weeks in a row, and Seneca Wallace is better than most backups. Packers win but fail to cover
St. Louis Rams at Indianapolis Colts (-11)—The Rams were average with Sam Bradford and far worse without him. The Colts are pretty good with Andrew Luck, and the Rams defense under Jeff Fisher is sometimes great, sometimes not. Colts win but fail to cover
Oakland Raiders at New York Giants (-7)—These teams are both losers. The Raiders getting blown out at home by 36 points last week. Eli Manning could throw seven touchdown passes to each team in a battle of who wants it least. Giants win but fail to cover
Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers (Pick ‘em)—Pittsburgh has Ben Roethlisberger, but a shaky offensive line has Big Ben getting belted. Buffalo has not been the same since E.J Manuel went down, which should allow Pittsburgh to scrape by. Steelers win.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans (-13.5)—Tennessee is continuing to make slow, steady improvement while Jacksonville is auditioning for the role of high school football players on Glee. There will be no Glee in Northern Florida this week. Expect a massacre. Titans cover
Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers (-6.5)—Carolina is quietly making strides towards getting better, but this week, they run into a San Francisco team that is finally hitting a stride after early stumbles. Expect a Carolina setback. 49ers cover
Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals (-2.5)—Gary Kubiak collapsed at halftime, and then the Texans collapsed in the second half to blow an 18 point lead at home. Kubiak thankfully is recovering. His team is not, as Michelin Man Wade Phillips takes over in the interim. Cardinals cover
Denver Broncos (-7) at San Diego Chargers—With John Fox recovering from heart surgery, Jack Del Rio takes over on an interim basis. Del Rio has a coach on the field in Peyton Manning. Manning and Philip Rivers can both sling it around, but it may come down to a critical mistake that will be made by Rivers. Broncos win but fail to cover
Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints (-7)—Tony Romo was the hero last week while Drew Brees had one of his worst games of the season. Expect a regression to the mean this week, since Dallas leads the NFC Least and cannot handle prosperity. Saints win but fail to cover
Monday, November 11, 8:30 p.m.
Miami Dolphins (-3.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers—The Dolphins got stuck with Richie Incognito, while the entire winless Tampa Bay Team wishes they could go incognito. Joe Philbin may not inspire, but Regis Philbin could out-coach this Bucs team. Dolphins cover
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