The Kansas City Chiefs' run of dominance atop the AFC West has come to a screeching halt. For the first time since 2015, they're below the .500 mark, undeniably vulnerable due to shoddy defense and uncharacteristic turnovers.
Whether or not it's time for fans to press the panic button, CBS Sports insider Jason La Canfora believes that the Chiefs, now 2-3 through five games, won't win a sixth consecutive division title this season. The hill is just too steep for them to climb.
"I think they'll be in the playoffs. And they'll be good, and no one's going to want to see them in the playoffs, for obvious reasons. But I don't think they can fix that defense quickly," La Canfora told The Zach Gelb Show on Tuesday. "That defense is broken on a lot of levels. And even their offense, they've got to get back to basics and get Mahomes a little more reined in, a little more in the pocket. The off-script stuff is getting him into a little bit of trouble.
"That offensive line hasn't gelled to anything close to what they hoped it would. They've got to play more ball control -- 'Keep it simple, stupid' stuff. And if they're daring you to run, they're daring you to dink and dunk, do it. Because it's a way to keep your football team off the field, and you know that quarterback, at any given moment, can find another gear. But the Chargers are the more balanced football team."
The Chiefs may soon have to say goodbye to the precious first-round bye and home field advantage in the playoffs. They were bullied by the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium, as Josh Allen threw for four touchdowns in an eye-opening 38-20 win. Entering Week 6, Kansas City's defense ranks dead last in the NFL in average points (32.6) and 31st in average yards (437.4).
Although the Chiefs' offense ranks top-five in scoring, Patrick Mahomes isn't performing at an MVP-caliber level. He's already thrown as many interceptions as he did all of last season (6), and his unit leads the league in turnovers (11). At this point last year, the team only had three giveaways.
Kansas City (2-3) will visit the Washington Football Team (2-3) in a Week 6 matchup on Sunday. According to FiveThirtyEight's projections, the Chiefs have a 64-percent chance to reach the playoffs and a 19-percent chance to win the AFC West.
The entire NFL conversation between La Canfora and Gelb can be accessed in the audio player above.