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'We're moving on to Cincinnati' could become a thing for Chiefs

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The message from Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid after Monday night’s debacle against the Packers was short, to the point and also very familiar.

“We’re moving on to Cincinnati," Reid said shortly after the Chiefs finished a 38-28 loss to Green Bay at Lambeau Field.

A year ago, also on the last Monday night of September, the coach of the Chiefs’ opponent said the very same thing. The Chiefs had routed the New England Patriots that night at Arrowhead Stadium in a manner similar to how the Packers handled the Chiefs.

It worked for the Patriots and their coach Bill Belichick. They left Kansas City that night 2-2 and very much looking like a team headed for a fall.

They weren’t. The Patriots routed the Bengals -- then 3-0, by the way -- to begin a five-game winning streak. They then went on to win another AFC East championship and, of course, another Super Bowl.

Is something similar in store for the Chiefs, who play the 3-0 Bengals on Sunday in Cincinnati? It’s hard to see it right now, but it was difficult to see that with the Patriots at this point last year.

Maybe it’s a clue that the Chiefs, like the Patriots in Kansas City last year, rallied late in the game to build a little momentum. New England scored both of its touchdowns last year in the second half, after trailing 27-0.

The Chiefs were down 31-7 and later 38-14 before making things mildly interesting. Quarterback Alex Smith got hot late in the game. He completed eight passes to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin for 141 yards and a touchdown in the games’ final 18 minutes.

Maybe they were meaningless stats that just make the stat sheet look good. Or maybe they were something more.

“A lot of (hurry-up offense) in the second half and you’re getting a lot of crazy looks," Smith said. “Certainly they threw the gamut at us in the second half with the lead. They probably ran everything they had in their playbook, I felt like.

“We hit some balls. Obviously, I’d like not to get into that situation."

If the Chiefs go on to beat the Bengals and reel off a winning streak and then take the AFC West title and the Super Bowl, then we’ll know Reid’s rallying cry of “We’re moving on to Cincinnati" was the moment things changed.

Just to be on the safe side, it wouldn’t hurt for the Chiefs to play better against the Bengals.