By Fred Liggett
The Kansas City Chiefs have no game to promote this week, the players have no game to prepare for and Chiefs media members have no practices to attend. The Chiefs have been given Nov. 20 through 25 off to enjoy time away from the game and enjoy time with those they love.
The reason for this time being different is not just due to the Thanksgiving holiday but rather the team’s bye week has finally arrived. The Chiefs are one of the last four teams to enjoy a bye week as part of the NFL’s 2018 season. As their 9-2 record indicates the team has played 11 weeks in a row before having some down time to recover from injuries or just nagging aches and pains. A bye week is also a valuable time for a team’s coaching staff to hit the reset button and prepare for the second half of the season or in the Chiefs case just the last month of the regular season.
While the Chiefs are away getting recharged for the finishing run to the 2018 season it’s fun for the team’s fans to look ahead. Heading into the bye week the Chiefs are an AFC best 9-2 and comfortably lead the AFC West division by 1.5 games over the LA Chargers a team they enjoy a tie breaker over thanks to an early season win.
When the Chiefs players and coaches return to their normal daily routines on Monday, Nov. 26 they will like what they see ahead of them as much as their fans do. The Chiefs in December will play 5 games, the first and last games are against AFC West cellar dweller Oakland Raiders. On top of that the Chiefs host the LA Chargers in a key AFC game with playoff implications on a Thursday night. The Chargers will face not only a short work week but have to travel to KC to play a critical game in a hostile environment. Since KC Chiefs coach Andy Reid’s arrival in 2013 much has been talked about his record after a bye week. This mark will challenged twice next month when the Chiefs have two weeks to prepare for a road trip to Oakland and ten days to prepare for a road game at Seattle.
Thanks to their current 9-2 record the Chiefs have already clinched 2018 being a winning season. Starting next week the Chiefs return to action to see just how much winning is left in 2018. That’s What I REID Into It for this week.