The Kansas City Chiefs are a flawed football team. Do you know what that means? They are like everyone else in the National Football League. This is not a season to scrutinize NFL contenders to determine why they could win a Super Bowl. It is a year to ask, search why not?

Pick a contender, buy any contender, who seems like a sure-shot to make it to Houston, the site of Super Bowl LI. The Patriots relied on a fourth-round rookie wide receiver to barely beat the Jets on Sunday as Rob Gronkowski exited (again) with (yet another) injury. The Raiders own a defense that proved capable of yielding 25 points in a quarter.  The Seahawks lost in Tampa Bay with an offensive line that demonstrated the resistance of a pile of mashed potatoes. Even the Cowboys, winners of 10 straight, have a defense that remains a question mark.

So, sure. Why not the Chiefs? Their manic, 30-27 overtime victory in Denver on Sunday night proved neither their dominance nor their perfection. It instead indicated they belong in a jumble of quite good, blemished teams that have a chance to make the Super Bowl.

The Chiefs provide plenty to believe in, starting with the double-take fact they have won 19 of their last 23 games. Kansas City receives little acclaim and doesn’t really have a national identity. It just wins, often in head-scratching fashion, like on Sunday night.

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