From the Armchair: Kansas City Chiefs, Week 6
I guess acting surprised every week is starting to get old. But I guess that's the point, isn't it?
In this week's win the Chiefs got off to a sluggish start (heck, the offense remained sluggish all game), only to have the defense turn Raiders' quarterback Terrelle Pryor into a tackling dummy in the second half as KC pulled away.
It was a big win for Kansas City, both the team and the city, as the Chiefs had inexcusably lost 6 straight home games to their bitter rivals, the Raiders. In fact, only three current Chiefs (Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Dustin Colquitt) had ever beaten Oakland at Arrowhead Stadium prior to Sunday.
Speaking of Hali, he did his part to make sure that streak ended. The outside linebacker posted 3.5 sacks to lead a defense that sacked Pryor 10 (!) times Sunday. Those 10 sacks, coupled with 3 interceptions, including one for a touchdown, underscores the argument that Bob Sutton and Kansas City boast the best defense in the NFL.
The 24-7 final score isn't actually indicative of the flow of the game. This was a tight ballgame until the latter stages of the 3rd quarter. Oakland had 3rd and 13 in its own territory and KC sent the house. Pryor, under duress, just chucked the ball up like he was playing "jackpot" on the school playground. It was intercepted by Quintin Demps, which set up Jamaal Charles' second TD of the game. From then on, it was all Chiefs.
For takeaways from the game, hit the jump.