The Kansas City Chiefs are 3-0 after their 26-16 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night. But are they contenders or pretenders?
The Argument that they're Contenders
A stifling defense, led by Justin Houston and his remarkable 4.5 sacks, combined with a careful offense that doesn't turn the football over, will win Andy Reid and the Chiefs a lot of football games this year. Alex Smith has 24 touchdowns to just five interceptions in his last 17 starts. He is 14-3 in that span.
The Argument that they're Pretenders
Anyone who watched Thursday night's game know the Chiefs offense far from passes the ol' eyeball test. The Chiefs' troubles in the red zone are epic - they created four meaningful turnovers, yet only scored 19 points as an offense (one touchdown, four field goals). Alex Smith and the offense made a living on short crossing routes against the Eagles' soft zone coverage, but those openings disappeared as the length of the field compacted near the red zone.
What would you say, are the 3-0 Chiefs contenders or pretenders?
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