History repeats itself.
11 weeks into the NFL season, this still holds true. This year finds the Kansas City Chiefs at 6-5 following a 5-0 start. But should there be reason to panic? In 2015 the Atlanta Falcons started out 5-0 and found themselves sitting at 6-5 at the week 11 mark as well. In 2016 the Falcons made it to the Super Bowl. Infamously blowing a 28-3 lead to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. But hey, they got there.
In 2016 the Minnesota Vikings got off to a 5-0 start. Injuries and poor o-line play would leave them at 6-5 at the 11 week mark as well. This year, the Vikings are 9-2 and poised to make it out of the powerful NFC. Led by free agent “diamond in the rough” find Case Keenum and a stingy defense, the Vikings look to continue their winning ways.
For the third year in a row, an NFL team that started out 5-0 has since came back down to earth in the most humbling manner. Sitting at 6-5 at the week 11 mark, the Kansas City Chiefs are scrambling to find a way to win. Before the Chiefs push the red button to entire panic mode, they may want to evaluate the past three seasons.
The Chiefs have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL. But injuries to key players (Eric Berry, Spencer Ware, Tamba Hali) are starting to take their toll. After disappointing losses to the Bills and the Giants, many are calling for rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes to start. The Chiefs traded up to the 10th pick in the 2017 NFL draft to select Mahomes as they saw him as their franchise quarterback. However, Head Coach Andy Reid is consistent in saying that Alex Smith will be his starting quarterback.
As the Chiefs and other teams who find themselves at 6-5 following a 5-0 start, they should ask themselves, Is 6-5 an unfortunate predicament? Or is it all part of a two year plan?