From the Armchair: Kansas City Chiefs, Week 9

11/4/13 in NFL   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

First, my apologies for missing last week's segment. I was away from a TV, and a computer, and only caught very minimal highlights of the Chiefs win over the Browns.

Nov 3, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Jeff Tuel (7) slides after running the ball while Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) looks to make a tackle during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Chiefs beat the Bills 23 to 13.  Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY SportsI also was unable to watch this week's win at Buffalo as well, but was able to do more a more substantial breakdown, so here I am -- though this will be brief. 

Now down to business. The Kansas City Chiefs are 9-0. Let that sink in for a second. They are the lone undefeated team in the NFL and hold a 1.5 game lead over the idle Broncos in the AFC West. 

The Chiefs defense has still yet to allow more than 17 points in a game this season. In fact, their defense has scored almost as many points as it has allowed!

That is the good news. The bad news is that when Jeff Tuel started Sunday's game for the Bills, it was the 5th consecutive game that the Chiefs were facing a quarterback who was not his team's expected starter at the beginning of the season. So there is a bit of luck going on here too.

That could change when the Chiefs come out of a bye in Week 11 to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Denver. He is a bit of an upgrade over the Jeff Tuels and Jason Campbells of the world.

Oh, and did I mention that the Chiefs offense failed to score a touchdown on Sunday. Sure, Dexter McCluster dropped a sure TD, but even if he caught it, one offensive TD likely won't cut it in Denver. 

Nov 3, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith (27) intercepts a pass in the end zone and runs 101 yards back for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Chiefs beat the Bills 23-13. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY SportsOn Sunday, KC was a yard away from being down 2 touchdowns in the 3rd quarter -- a deficit that their beleaguered offense would struggle to climb out of -- when Sean Smith picked off a lazy Tuel pass at the goal line and took in 100 yards for a game-changing TD. Defensive end Tamba Hali netted the Chiefs other TD later on a 11-yard fumble return. Defense can sometimes be your best offense.

I know that this is a very negative take on a 9-0 team, but the Chiefs have primed fans like myself to pray for the best, but expect the worse -- so unfortunately that is what I continue to do.

Until next time, the Chiefs are undefeated and in 1st place. 
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11/6/13   |   Beaneaters   |   17801 respect

Good job. I'll take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day of the week.

11/5/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61943 respect

I'm mad at Alex Smith...big jerk.  Y'all should prob start thinking that offense helps defense win games :|. Congrats on 9-0 though. :)

11/5/13   |   JenX63   |   32776 respect

Somebody needs to start cracking the whip in KC. That was some sloppy playing.

11/4/13   |   Smokesfan   |   3456 respect

Lucky play....looking forward to next weeks game.