The Kansas City Chiefs are no longer undefeated, but at 6-1, they still lead the pack in the AFC and continue to tear through defenses, wearing them out so much, apparently, that it affects their opponents following games.
What the Patrick Mahomes-led Chiefs offense is wreaking is not so different in 2018 than what the Seattle Seahawks' defense was doing to opponents in 2013, their Super Bowl season. Through seven weeks in 2013, Seattle's opponents were 0-6 and were outscored 172-62 the week after playing the Seahawks. The theory then was that the Legion of Boom was leaving opponents with a "hangover," as NFL.com's Chris Wesseling described it.
So is Kansas City's ability through seven games to wear clubs down and adversely affect their play in ensuing weeks a statistical anomaly or a real trend that portends a Super Bowl title, like that of Seattle's?
Harris added: "I don't want to play like how I played in that fourth quarter last game. I was just hanging by a thread, just out there running. I want to be peaking, coming at my best in the fourth quarter this game."
"This team is in two-tight ends, they're in two-backs, they're in three-wides, they're in no-backs, they're in four-wides with one back -- that's challenging to obviously match every group they have. As far as the players, everything's vertical and it's deep-over," Joseph said. "For the corners, it's a marathon of a game. They have to be mentally ready to be challenged vertically every play. If you're not, they can score 50 points on you. Our guys get it."
To get the full picture of Kansas City's effect on opposing defenses, check out Jones' article on The Athletic.