From the Armchair: Kansas City Chiefs, Week 2

9/16/13 in NFL   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Two weeks into the 2013 NFL season, and the Kansas City Chiefs have matched their 2012 win total. Pretty remarkable. 

Sure, a new coach, a new quarterback, 30 new players in total and a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars are contributing factors to Kansas City's quick turnaround. However, the main reason, is more broad. The Chiefs have stopped doing stupid s--- all the time. They aren't shooting themselves in the foot, and they've proven to be hard to hit by rival shooters so far this year.

Sep 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe (92) celebrates after sacking Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (not shown) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY SportsWhat does that mean? No more crippling interceptions and stupid penalties. It means picking up fumbles when they hit the turf (KC recovered two crucial 2nd-half fumbles in Sunday's 1-point win over Dallas) and playing hard on every play. Take nose tackle Dontari Poe for example. Poe had 2 more sacks on Sunday -- through 2 games he has 3.5 sacks, which is exactly 3.5 more sacks than he had all of last season. No one has ever knocked Poe's talent -- there is a reason he was a 1st-round pick despite not having a productive college career -- he is a physical beast, but now that is showing up on the field. 

There is a reason KC had 6 Pro Bowlers last season. There is a lot of talent on that roster. Now, all of a sudden, the Chiefs have decided to play like professional football players, and they have been rewarded with a few wins. 

At a macro level the reason for the Chiefs' ascension is the fact that they have stopped doing stupid s---. On a micro level though, it is Andy Reid and Alex Smith making that happen. 

The Chiefs didn't turn the ball over again on Sunday, as Smith was disciplined in his throws (unlike Matt Cassel). KC also played with a renewed anger that we can likely thank Reid for. The Chiefs played like a team expecting to win, not like a team prepared to lose, like last season.

As for the game, you can find some take aways after the jump...
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9/17/13   |   Jess   |   34816 respect

I agree with Jen - I would love to see Andy Reid win in Philly. Great win over the Cowboys!

9/16/13   |   Sharp Square   |   11945 respect

The Romo was not happy ! 

9/16/13   |   JenX63   |   32752 respect

Yeah! They beat Dallas. Do it again next week. Returning to your ex employer and beating their pants off is great revenge.