Chiefs struggle to repeat early form

23 November 2017 23:06:29 GMTPlus11

The Kansas City Chiefs opened the season with five consecutive victories including wins over the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.

That's still the only defeat handed to the Eagles so far this campaign, but since winning their fifth straight with a 42-34 triumph over the Houston Texans, the Chiefs have been in something of a free fall losing four of five.

That 6-4 record is still good enough to lead the AFC West by two games in a Division where the other three teams are under .500, but from looking like a Super Bowl contender, Kansas City has plummeted to the depths, losing 12-9 in overtime to the New York Giants last time out at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

Quarterback Alex Smith was 27-of-40 for 230 yards and no touchdowns in the loss and was picked off twice by the Giants.

It was the first time since the final game of the regular season, in 2015, that Smith has been picked off twice with the former first overall pick known for his game management and not making such mistakes.

The lack of significant pressure from the Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos in the Division gives Kansas City some leeway, but a victory over the Buffalo Bills this weekend would go a long way to calming the nerves of the Chiefs fans.

Buffalo arrives in town after losing their third in a row and the Bills now sit on the outside looking in when it comes to the postseason.

The Chiefs are 17.00 to win the AFC Championship and 26.00 to land the Super Bowl.

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