First, to the haters.
It's fun for the national pundits to throw tomatoes at the Kansas City Chiefs' 9-0 start. For one, they're the Chiefs, a franchise that has a PackersSteelers-level fan following -- without the PackersSteelers post-1970 trophy case to go with it. Over the past 40 years, the boys in red have built up a reputation as one of the great teases in pro sports. That's their legacy, their burden, the one they're trying like hell to shake.
Second, Kansas City has beaten only one foe (Dallas) with a winning record as of Sunday.
Third, the Chiefs' have survived the past five quarterbacks, in chronological order: Ryan Fitzpatrick (Tennessee), Terrelle Pryor (Oakland), Case Keenum (Houston), Jason Campbell (Cleveland) and now, Ryan Tuel (Buffalo). Murderers' row, it ain't.
But the notion that the NFL's last unbeaten record is all smoke and mirrors is happy horse crap.
Heading into Sunday, the (then 8-0) Chiefs had tallied a power rating -- called "Simple Rating System" -- of...