From the Armchair: Kansas City Chiefs, Week 3

9/20/13 in NFL   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

The 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs! I could get used to this. One more win than the whole 2012 season -- and it's still September!

Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith (27) celebrates making an interception with cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chiefs defeated the Eagles 26-16. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY SportsThursday night's 26-16 win over the Philadelphia Eagles was a big combination of great Kansas City defense, Philadelphia sloppiness and a clutch drive our two from the Chiefs. 

The first half was actually frustrating to watch (probably for both fan bases). The Eagles turned it over 4 times, yet the Chiefs' offense could not take full advantage, scoring just 13 points off those turnovers (7 of which came on Eric Berry's pick-6). 

It is clear, through 3 weeks, that this Chiefs' defense is going to give a lot of offensive coordinators headaches this season. KC has 6 or 7 legit Pro Bowl-caliber players (Derrick Johnson, Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, Brandon Flowers, Dontari Poe, Sean Smith and Berry). More importantly, they rush the passer relentlessly, and have very solid corners, which allows Bob Sutton to dial up blitzes and still feel confident in coverage. 

Kansas City's offense wasn't much to write home about for the first 3 quarters, however. Jamaal Charles had very few holes to run through and Alex Smith was under constant duress. However, when the Chiefs most needed a big drive -- after the Eagles pulled to within 23-16 in the 4th quarter and a muffed kickoff return by Dexter McCluster left KC at their own five -- they got it. The Chiefs managed to milk about 8 minutes of game clock on the drive, which set up a field goal to make it a 2-score game.

For more takeaways from the game, hit the jump.
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9/20/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61037 respect

They looked a mess for most of the game on offense and still great by comparison, minus McCoy and a few other key plays. I absolutely forgot Bowe was on this team :/

YAY!

9/20/13   |   Jess   |   34288 respect

Who'da thunk? 
I didn't think the offense looked particularly fantastic last night for these guys, but they made it work, and the defense was pretty great!

9/20/13   |   JenX63   |   32367 respect

I watched and was surprised KC couldn't score on those turnovers. It just shows, where they need to  work at it. Smith looked so nervous and I felt kind of bad for him. More time on field should help though. KC has come a long way from last year. I look forwrd to the Chiefs/Skins matchup in December.