Six Shooter Chiefs
So who predicted a 6-0 Chiefs outside Kansas? No doubt many of the Chiefs faithful would have not predicted such a great start to the season.
The AFC West contenders do not have the quality behind centre of a top 4 QB in the NFL but Alex Smith is ticking nicely as part of a well organised offence and a superb defence. Smith will not get many votes for the NFL MVP but ask Andy Reid if he would swap him out right now. The Chiefs number 11 has 161 rushing yards this season averaging just over 32 yards a game, the second highest for his team. Some franchises would like those numbers from their own RB let alone the QB.
RB Jamaal Charles is easily a contender for the NFL MVP. Yesterday Charles continued to impress against an improving Oakland side totalling over 100 scrimmage yards, something that he has done in every game this season. 92 carries for 397 yards and 3 touchdowns is a good output for any offense but Jamaal Charles also has 28 catches for 250 yards and two touchdowns.
As the offense continue to make plays and chalk up the points, the Chiefs are even stronger on the other side of the football. The defense have given up just 65 points in 6 games. 3 of the top 20 sack leaders in the league all belong to Kansas City. Incredibly the Chiefs sacked the elusive QB Terrelle Pryor 10 times in yesterday home win. The last time an Oakland QB was sacked 10 times in a game was in 1998, coincidentally in the same year that a Chiefs defence achieved 10 sacks in a game. 3rd year OLB Justin Houston has the second most sacks in the league with 8.5. NT Dontari Poe and OLB Tamba Hali each have 4.5 and 4 sacks respectively.
So what has change from the 2-14 Chiefs of 2012? Andy Reid? Known for his ability to get the best out of his players and pay attention to detail, Coach Reid looks like he has cemented the foundations for a Championship winning football team. Respect works both ways and that important factor in any organisation seems to there at the Arrowhead Stadium.
Houston arrive in town next week for what looks like an easy win on paper. There are no real easy games in the NFL and if you play bad you're setting up for a loss. Bigger tests are still to come against divisional rivals the Broncos. Kansas City don't need to go and win all 16 games in the regular season. I if they are to lose somewhere it would be better to do it now rather than in the playoffs or Super Bowl.
Whether you think the Chiefs will make the Super Bowl in February is another story, you can not take away what they have achieved up to this point. Stand up Andy Reid.