Here's linebacker Derrick Johnson talking about the Chiefs' improvement over the season, and the importance of perseverance in the long run:
"No. I think we've gotten better through the season. We were giving up a lot of points defensively early in the year, and we cut that down. So I think we've gotten better. That old saying, ‘Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger,' I mean after this year and what's all been going on, we're going to be very tough from this."
Kansas City has dropped three consecutive games since notching their second win of the season, a 27-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Week 13. Defensively, their 25.8 points per game given up ranks 25th in the league, and the 347.7 average yards allowed weekly puts them in 17th place in the NFL.
Johnson, the eight-year veteran from Texas, leads the team in tackles with 104 (and 119 combined tackles for the season). Additionally, he has two sacks and three forced fumbles along with two passes defensed for the Kansas City defense.