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Mailbag: 2014 Chiefs better than 2013 Chiefs?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Here is this week’s edition of the Kansas City Chiefs mailbag. To ask a question for a future edition, send it to me via Twitter (@adamteicher) and tag it #ChiefsMail.

@adamteicher: I'm going to dive into this topic a little more next week. But a quick answer, in my opinion, is yes. Their 9-0 record to start last season was more a product of their weak schedule and the fact they played against a string of backup, journeymen, inexperienced and just plain incompetent quarterbacks. It was obvious they were headed for trouble once they started playing against Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Andrew Luck. I'm not sure this year's Chiefs will make the playoffs, but if they do, I think they're better positioned to win a playoff game. They're far more solid in pass coverage than last year.

@adamteicher: This is in reference to the fact that Saturday's scheduled college football game at Arrowhead Stadium between Division II teams from Northwest Missouri State and Washburn will be played on one of the campuses and not in Kansas City because of the forecast for snow. Missouri will play against Brigham Young at Arrowhead on Nov. 14, 2015. I strongly suspect that game would be played, given similar circumstances. There's a lot more money involved for Missouri-BYU than for a Division II game.

@adamteicher: This is in reference to the NFL's wish that Saturday's college game not be played at Arrowhead. Arrowhead is owned by Jackson County, Missouri. But the Chiefs are Arrowhead's operators. It is and should be their call whether the college game is played. There's a lot at stake on Sunday, the well-being of the players being one of them. If the field is sloppy because the Chiefs didn't take care of it the day before, that's just negligent. While this is disappointing for players and maybe some fans for Washburn and Northwest Missouri State, the Chiefs made the right call.

@adamteicher: Albert Wilson is a rookie wide receiver and he's got a lot to learn. Remember, he came from a small college. That's a big jump. But it looks like the Chiefs will need him Sunday against the Seahawks. A.J. Jenkins won't play and Donnie Avery is probably at least a week away from playing. So besides Wilson, the Chiefs will have Dwayne Bowe, Frankie Hammond Jr., Junior Hemingway and De'Anthony Thomas. So I would expect Wilson to play some.

@adamteicher: Linebacker Justin Houston did drop into coverage a lot in last week's game against the Bills. According to Pro Football Focus, he dropped into coverage 17 times. That was the second-highest total of the season for him. He dropped 19 times against Denver. But he's had a couple of other games where he's been close (15 against San Francisco, 14 against New England). So there are going to be games where defensive coordinator Bob Sutton feels it's best to drop him on a significant percentage of plays.

@adamteicher: I'd be surprised. The Chiefs seem content with the players they have at wide receiver. Jenkins and Avery are injured and if neither of those players are back any time soon, that could change.

@adamteicher: It's early for that, but I think special-teams coordinator Dave Toub might make a good head coach.