From the Armchair: Kansas City Chiefs, Week 4

9/30/13 in NFL   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Sep 29, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) lines up behind center Rodney Hudson (61) in the second half against  the New York Giants at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 31-7. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY SportsThe 4-0 Kansas City Chiefs! If you saw this coming -- or even suggested it -- you are probably a little crazy. I know, they have played the NFL's easiest schedule, but 4 wins are 4 wins nonetheless. 

Looking ahead tends to be a curse, but it is not too hard to imagine a scenario in which the Chiefs are 11-0 going into their Week 11 showdown in Denver with the Broncos. At Tennessee this coming week is a tough game, but the Titans will be starting backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in place of injured starter Jake Locker. After that KC gets a 3-game home stand against Oakland, Houston and Cleveland before traveling to Buffalo. All are winnable games, and if the Chiefs keep playing the way they've been playing, they should be favored in all of them.

So how have they been doing it? It starts with the NFL's No. 1 defense. Pestering quarterbacks, tackling in space and tight coverage are staples of KC's early-season play.

So what about Sunday? I admit, I was on a plane (without live television) for the entire Chiefs-Giants game, so my takeaways are based on re-watching highlights and will be brief.

Alex Smith is human. Through 3 games, remarkably, the Chiefs had not turned the ball over once. That begins with the quarterback, and on Sunday, Smith proved human by throwing 2 interceptions (the second was 50 percent fluky and 50 percent an absurd catch my Antrell Rolle). The first pick was worse. Smith locked in on Dwayne Bowe and Prince Amukamara jumped the route. Smith was the game manager KC needs on Sunday, and he still played a strong game, but he did give it away.

Sep 29, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster (22) returns a punt for a touchdown past New York Giants linebacker Spencer Paysinger (52) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 31-7. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY SportsDexter McCluster can make plays. He returned a punt for a TD in his first NFL game, and every since then I think Chiefs fans have been waiting, waiting, waiting for him to become a stud. Well, he had one of those moments on Sunday that showed why he needs the ball in his hands. If you haven't seen the video of his punt return, watch it. There may have been some loose jock straps on the field afterwards.

The Giants are a mess. The Jets were supposed to be New York's disaster, but the Jets are a respectable 2-2, while the Giants are 0-4 following a second straight blowout loss. New York can't run the football and can't protect Eli Manning, which makes it hard to score points. It looks like it'll be a long season for Big Blue.
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10/3/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61941 respect

I'm a little crazy!

10/2/13   |   Beaneaters   |   17801 respect

Good article. KC looks good. 

10/1/13   |   JenX63   |   32776 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Your foresight is enviable, but pardon my negativity, this is the same Kansas City Chiefs organization that hasn't won a playoff game since January, 1994. 

Well now I didn't say anything about them going to the playoffs. Just to watch them. I like Andy Reid he reminds me of Wilford Brimley and I thought Alex Smith got a bad deal. Doesn't mean he is elite or anything, just maybe he could play some ball. The whole team is coming along nicely.
Oh, and you be all the negative you want :) it is after all your team!

10/1/13   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21428 respect

The Kansas City Chiefs' strength is definitely on the defensive side of the ball...  Surprisingly, the chiefs are 24th in stopping the run.  Alex Smith is definitely not the answer as far as the Chiefs possibly going very deep into the playoffs...  The passing offense is still mediocre thanks to Mr. Smith and Jamaal Charles is the heartbeat of the Chiefs' offense in my opinion...  I expect a low-scoring close game between Week five's matchup between the Chiefs and Oilers...  This game will come down to turnovers and which team can shut down the opposing offense...

10/1/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

JenX63 wrote:
If you troll the bars, you'll see I did say this would be a team to watch! Yeah for them!

Your foresight is enviable, but pardon my negativity, this is the same Kansas City Chiefs organization that hasn't won a playoff game since January, 1994. 

9/30/13   |   JenX63   |   32776 respect

If you troll the bars, you'll see I did say this would be a team to watch! Yeah for them!