At 9-0, my Kansas City Chiefs are the only team in the NFL this season that is still undefeated. And I fully expect them to escape this weekend without another loss (it is their bye week, after all).
As a Chiefs fan, I can assure you that nobody in the world predicted this team would go 9-0 and get off to their best start in 10 years. Despite fielding more Pro Bowlers than any other team in the league last season, Kansas City won two games and ended up with the first pick in the NFL Draft — which they spent on an offensive lineman. Then, owner Clark Hunt cleaned house and hired a new coaching staff and general manager, not to mention signed former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith. The changes were immediate, but everyone figured the Chiefs would need a few seasons to get on the same page.
After earning the equivalent of a 128, so far this year the Chiefs have a perfect 180 LSAT score. Of course, most don’t expect Kansas City to complete the perfect season; it’s only been done once before. In fact, some are even calling the Chiefs the worst 9-0 team in NFL history — this despite the fact that Kansas City’s defense gives up the fewest points per game in the league. The biggest test of the season comes next Sunday night against division rival Denver. If the Chiefs’ defense is for real, they’ll need to be on top of their game to stop Peyton Manning.
Now, I’m not so much of a KC homer not to admit that the Chiefs’ offense could use some work. Kansas City’s defense has had to bail the team out of almost every game this season, something that worries most pundits because the NFL these days is all about offense. To win the Super Bowl, they say, you need to be able to score points at will. Although I say as long as Jamaal Charles is healthy, the offense will manage.
The point of all this is, if you’re taking the December LSAT, or any LSAT for that matter, there’s reason to be inspired by the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs. With a defense-minded approach, KC is showing that you can succeed as long as you’re fully prepared for whatever your opponent throws at you. The Houston Texans adjusting their blitz packages is no different than LSAC introducing a new type of Logic Game.
Last week, the Buffalo Bills started some quarterback named Jeff Tuel and jumped out to an early lead, but the Chiefs’ D made the proper adjustments and turned the game in their favor with a 100-yard pick-six, as well as a key fumble recovery for a touchdown. It’s the same thing if your December LSAT has two Reading Comp sections at the start of your exam. If you stumble, just trust your instincts and face it head on. You can’t control what the other “team” is going to do, so you can only use the skills in your possession to force a turnover. Make your opponent beat itself.
The other big thing to learn from this year’s Chiefs is that a little change does everyone good. If you feel like you went 2-14 on the October LSAT, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your surroundings. The owner of the Chiefs hired a brand new staff, and the change immediately boosted morale in the locker room. If you studied for the October LSAT in your kitchen, mix it up and try studying in a library. If you found yourself hating your LSAT prep because your study partner was a dummy (no offense, Romeo Crennel), let him or her down gently and bring in someone with more experience (or at least someone with an awesome mustache like Andy Reid).
Big picture wise, the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs are the underdog — which is what most people feel like versus the LSAT. If a team that won two games last year can start 9-0 this season, you can get the LSAT score you want.
If nothing else, when you’re sitting down for the December LSAT, just be glad you’re not a Jacksonville Jaguars fan.