The Kansas City Chiefs: Are They the Best in the NFL?

 

 

 

Is this the best version of the Kansas City Chiefs we have ever seen? Last night, I was at my neighbor’s house watching the game and there was another mutual friend over. He is a Green Bay Packers fan, and thus an unbiased party. His comment was: “The Chiefs have always had a really good offense but a bad defense. Or, they have always had a really good defense but not offense. For the first time, I think they have found the right mix.”

 

I couldn’t agree more with this statement.

 

The Chiefs have absolutely found the right mix. The defense is not setting the world on fire right now, and that’s okay. The offense is good enough to bail them out. Conversely, when the offense falters on a drive, the defense is there to get a quick three-and-out and send the opposing team back to their sideline. It is really a great thing that head coach Andy Reid has built in Kansas City. 

 

Here are my game observations:

 

First, I made the comment to my neighbor (and fellow Chiefs fan) last night that I though wide receiver Chris Conley was the most underrated player on the team. At the time of this writing, the full extent of his injury has not been revealed. It seems like every time the Chiefs need a huge conversion on a long third down, Conley is the go-to guy for the pass play. His hands are strong and he absolutely knows how to work the sideline. I have been very impressed with him this season.

 

 

 

Tyreek Hill has truly developed into that No. 1 wide receiver we all hoped he would be as soon as we heard the news that former Chiefs general manager John Dorsey sent Jeremy Maclin the text message that sealed his fate. When Dorsey cut Maclin, Hill moved into that starting wide receiver position, and he has embraced it 100 percent. While he did not score a touchdown on offense — though his 82-yard punt return to the house, which I will break down later this week in “Anatomy of a Touchdown” was glorious — that huge reception he made on the sideline during third-and-forever was indicative of someone who has been playing the game for much longer than one and a quarter seasons. He is something special.

 

 

 

Kareem Hunt continues to impress me. Game after game, while he may start slow — mostly due to the fact that the defenses are now keying on him — he really is able to make things happen in the second half of games. He quietly went over 100 yards once last night, continuing to be the No. 1 rusher in the NFL. On top of that, his longest attempt was 23 yards. I don’t remember which run it was that went for nearly a quarter of the field, but that just shows how good Hunt actually is. The Chiefs are fortunate to have him.

 

 

 

How about Harrison Butler? Don’t know who that is? I don’t blame you. But, he is our kicker who was signed off the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad about two weeks ago. Since missing his first field goal, he has been absolutely perfect on every field goal and extra point since then. Chalk this up to another job well done for special teams coordinator Dave Toub and Andy Reid.

 

 

 

 

 

The defense really needs to tighten things up. It is really a good thing the offense is playing as well as they are. The Chiefs secondary continues to get burned on the deep ball, and gashed by the running game. Perhaps it is the absence of Dee Ford, but they are having an extraordinarily hard time getting their pass-rush to the quarterback, and that gave Houston Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson all the time he needed to burn the Chiefs deep on more than a few occasions last night. They have to get better.

 

 

 

I would like throw a huge shout out to the Chiefs offensive line for their performance last night. Yes, I know all-universe defensive end J.J. Watt went out during the Chiefs first series with a broken leg in what amounted to be the most dramatic, and highly-televised injury in the history of television. With the cameras backstage waiting for Watt to come out of the X-ray room, and the helicopter coverage following his ambulance to the hospital, I wasn’t sure if I was watching an NFL game or a WWE match. It was ridiculous. But still, the line played extremely well. Smith did not get sacked one single time, and heading into this game, he was the second-most sacked quarterback in the NFL.

 

 

 

Let’s talk about Alex, shall we? Last night he threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns. That is the first time in his career he has had two games of over 300 yards in the same season. You can say what you want about him, but he is playing at the level we all hoped he would, and far above what most thought he was capable of. He is the leader of this team, and is actually leading the early-season MVP conversation. Let that sink in for a second.

 

 

 

 

This team is good. There is no denying it at this point. Have they gotten lucky here and there? Sure, but what team doesn’t? The bottom line is, they make plays when the plays have to be made, and they find a way to win every week. 

 

This is our year. I can feel it. I’m on to Pittsburgh.

 

 

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  • Chiefly Bacon

    Been an incredible run so far. Chiefs keep finding ways to win. Hopefully they can start getting some guys healthy soon.

  • Merlin

    You are what your record says you are. The Chiefs are the best team in football, right now. Another game and another good player lost, this time for the year, again. The Chiefs can’t keep losing players. Eventually, it will catch up with them.

    • In addition to the Chiefs being the only undefeated team, they are also the only team in the AFC with 4 or more victories.

  • Frank Rodela

    What is the word on J. Houston? Also, I didn’t see until this morning that Wilson also left the game last night with leg spasms?

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    Wrap your head around this…….I seen this this AM at AA
    The Chiefs have lost two of their top six defensive backs…..Berry and Nelson.
    Two of their best pass rushers, Dee Ford and Tamba Hali
    3 starters on the interior offensive line in Mitch Morse, Parker Ehinger, and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.
    And if that wasn’t enough, they lost their kicker Cairo Santos.
    With all that, we are still winning games and winning them convincingly.
    Dorsey/Veach are my heros.

    • Frank Rodela

      Dorsey is going to have dibs on which ever GM jobs come open at the end of the season.

    • JimHarbaughsguys

      The thing is, KC has won games for long stretches of time without those guys you mention for quite awhile now.
      Berry was gone for what, a whole year?
      Ford and Hali have been hurt and or not playing for whatever reasons before.
      The OL guys have been traded in and out for the whole time I’ve been around here, so changes there is the norm. Not a difference.
      Plenty of kickers are cut, or hurt, then sign someplace else while a team gets a new kicker.

      KC’s core players have not been hurt. That is the most important thing. Losing Ware was not a big deal, and I wanted to see more of Hunt anyways since Ware showed last year that he could not be the feature back, so why keep starting him when you have an unknown?

    • Don’t forget their starting RB Ware before the season, and now starting receiver in Conley.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        True!
        Hunt almost made me forget about Ware.
        That’s sounded bad….you know what I mean though.

  • ladner morse
  • ladner morse

    Prayers for Watt, Great guy on and off field!
    .
    https://twitter.com/JJWatt/status/917347940754128896

    • Frank Rodela

      If there is any one player in the league that doesn’t deserve this, it is JJ.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Let me ask you this….I have a bad memory so I’m not sure, but wasn’t Watts last two major injuries also while playing the Chiefs?

        • Frank Rodela

          I want to say last year he went three games, and we played them in week 2.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Thanks…..it just seems like every time we play them, Watt gets taken off field on a cart.

          • Frank Rodela

            Though, I want to say the back injury that sidelined him was sustained in the playoff game Wildcard weekend 2015

  • ladner morse

    Mad Scientist Dorsey was sometimes just… Mad…
    .
    https://twitter.com/jmac___19/status/917263390849904640

  • ladner morse
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    • Frank Rodela

      Who’d a thunk it that Pats are not division leaders after 5 games

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Funnier thing is that wasn’t even the case when Brady missed the first 4 games of last season

        • Frank Rodela

          Proves that even Brady needs a defense

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      .500 average strength of opponent……we played a hand in that.
      We gave all 5 of them an L

      • Laurels and limitations

        such a solid point…but somewhere, somehow, someone will use that stat against what Kc has achieved thus far.

    • drwillez37

      Look at those teams up top!!! If anyone picked these teams at the beginning of the season we all would’ve laughed them out of town

  • ladner morse
  • Frank Rodela

    2 Questions:

    1) Who is the new starting WR in place of Conley? Is it time for D-Rob to get significant playing time?

    2) Who is signed to replace Conley on the 53? Kemp? Or is it someone from another teams PS, a player via trade or someone off the streets?

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      I have to assume Robinson will get the nod….he has looked decent in his minimal looks.

      Rumors floating around that Brandon Marshal could be had for as little as a 7th rounder.

      • Frank Rodela

        Until more is said about his ankle injury, Marshall is not an option, and even if he is good to go he hasn’t shown enough this season, or last, to warrant any draft capital IMO

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          Yeah I agree, I think it will be Robinson.
          It’s sad man…..just when Conley was becoming one of Alex’s go to guys.

          • Frank Rodela

            Conley was clearly moving his way to #2, well #3 including Kelce. And his away from the ball contributions are going to be hard to replace.

          • Laurels and limitations

            thing was, Conley looked damned good running those routes. Him and Alex definitely had some helluva large amount of chemistry going, up there with but just behind what Alex and Kelce have, imho.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Initially I thought Kemp gets the roster spot, but with Steven Terrell’s concussion, Chiefs might need a safety this week. When Chiefs have 3 WRs on the field, they’ll still have two on the bench. When Chiefs have 3 safeties on the field (which they do a lot) they’ll have ZERO safeties on the bench. If I had to guess, I’d say we might see Leon McQuay take that spot, unless Giants try to poach Kemp. Once Terrelle is healthy, Chiefs can cut McQuay and add a safety.

  • freshmeat62

    My opinion…AS11 is showing the talent he’s had all along. He’s just never been pushed before. At least in KC. These passes he’s completing now after leaving the pocket is because of instead of putting his head down and heading for the sideline, he’s now keeping his vision downfield and finding guys that come open. So many of those 3rd down completions last nite, last year would have been runs out of bounds.

    One other thing. While Houston scored a lot of points last nite, While somewhat concerning I don’t think it was as close as the final score says. What were there 3 ‘Hail Mary’s’ completed by Watson? Those aren’t really skill, those are just pure luck.

    Also what was Peters so mad about on the sidelines last nite that Houston had to push him away? Also saw Peters a couple times not wanting to get involved in a tackle. Once when a player was coming toward him w/ several Chiefs trying to bring him down, Peters backed away instead of helping bring the guy down. Another was when a Houston receiver caught a pass and all Peters did was ‘try’ to grab at the ball instead of trying to make a tackle. I think all of his huff and puff is just an act, because when it actually comes down to getting physical, he’s going the other way.

    • Frank Rodela

      I’ll have rewatch the game to see what your saying about Peters. From what I have seen in the past, Peters is normally a solid tackler, especially stopping runners coming around the corner

      • He normally is. Vs Houston he was not tackling, but was going for the takeaways.

    • drwillez37

      The play where miller or Forman was running down the field Peters tried stripping the ball (poorly) instead if putting and effort in a tackle. And that wasn’t the only time that happened…Peters looked small out there tonight.. maybe it’s cause we never see much of him up until last week

      • freshmeat62

        That’s not the one I was talking about,but I think I remember that one also now that you mention it. The ones I’m talking about were later in the 4th qtr.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      It’s so much easier to look good when guys like Bowe and Avery are not your best receivers…….hell, even Maclin (who I like) would not crack the top 3 best receiver on this team in my opinion and he was supposedly Alex’s #1.

      • Frank Rodela

        I forgot all about Avery….and now I wish I hadn’t remembered him lol. As for Bowe, when the Bowe Show was live, it made for entertaining TV. Though, he was on commercial far too much and was canceled far too late.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          Avery was a bum….forget about going deep to him……he didn’t have the speed to get out front of the defender and always got tangled up………and that is when he wasn’t looking over the wrong shoulder.

    • mnelson52

      I remember 3 distinct times that I saw Peters trying to pull the ball out while the runner was steady picking up more yds. One of them I didn’t catch during the game, but I saw it while watching some highlights. I know he won a game for us in Carolina last year doing that, but of the time it won’t pay off where a tackle would.

    • Peters is spending too much time worrying about protesting instead of playing football. While I like takeaways, you need to make the tackle first.

      He needs to get refocused on his business of cornerbacking.

  • drwillez37

    That’s weird u say WWE that was the same exact thing I said to my wife last night…it was so weird to see that

  • Frank Rodela

    Sure am glad Andy Heck doesn’t have a coke problem. More accurately, sure am glad that if he does have a cocaine addiction, he is smart enough to not record and hit send when he snorts coke.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Obviously he made a very bad choice…..I doubt he ever coaches in the NFL again.

      • Frank Rodela

        Or anywhere. Not even one of those Last Chance U teams are going to touch this guy

        • mnelson52

          He will now probably go to rehab and someone like Andy and the NFL that believes in 2nd chances will feel sorry for him and hire him.

  • ladner morse
    • Frank Rodela

      Typically, feeling good after the game leads to clearing the concussion protocol

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Good news….watching Harris try to run Kelce’s routes was painful.
      Harris can work in a pinch on a catch only…..if YAC are required, forget about it.

      • Frank Rodela

        That catch isn’t exactly a sure thing either

      • Laurels and limitations

        in fairness to Harris, I really liked his attempt for YAC. Yeah he didn’t get much but the effort was there and that is something new.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          Well……there is that I reckon–lol

          • Laurels and limitations

            I’ve been down on Harris as any man, but Harris caught one yesterday and instead of laying down on it strove for more yards. Maybe, just maybe, something finally clicked.

  • Laurels and limitations

    pretty easy to see imho, Kc leads the league in wins. Hunt leads the league in everything except fumbles, the defense just shows up every single week (even though the garbage points from last night will hurt the stats), this is an exciting time in the history of KC.

    But, at the same time I would love to see some of the guys who are hurt, but have been instrumental in the chemistry of this team, come back to be a part of it.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Some will….those with injuries needing extensive rehab probably won’t.
      Berry will be watching in street clothes.

      • Laurels and limitations

        crap, now I’m all sad and shiznit.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          Lol

  • Laurels and limitations

    That was Thomas' first touchdown since Nov. 1, 2015 against the Lions in London.— Matt McMullen (@KCChiefs_Matt) October 9, 2017

    • Laurels and limitations

      wait, is 1 year 11 mths. a long time to not score a TD?

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Par for the course.

        • Laurels and limitations

          yeah, the putt putt course, lol.

      • How many man years did we go without a receiving TD a while back?

        • Laurels and limitations

          27 generations, give or take a decade.

    • mnelson52

      Well then, with a ten year career he could score 5 TDs for us. That wouldn’t work out very well even if the whole 53 man roster did that.

  • mnelson52

    Was Butker a Toub and Reid deal, or a good find by our scouting team and/or our new GM?

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Yes.

  • Nice article. I agree the team is much more balanced than I have seen historically. I wrote something to that effect a couple weeks ago. They are playing more like a team, or family, and not as a high power offense or shut down defense. When one phase is down another picks them up. It is fun to watch. Instead of feeling worried about the offense not being able to score enough or the defense collapsing late in the game, we seem to now expect the team to come out victorious. It doesn’t matter if they are down or it is close. What we might not know is how. Will it be a late game offensive drive, a kick return TD, or maybe a pick 6?

    I hate to correct this stat, but Alex was sacked once. It was about halfway through the second quarter, I think. It was only a 1 yard loss. Really seemed less like a sack and just a negative rush.

    Here’s to more KC victories, no more injuries, and maybe even a game where all 3 phases play well. Although, I would be happy waiting for the last game of the season to see all 3 phases playing well.