From the Armchair: Kansas City Chiefs, Week 3
Thursday 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.