Wow. Another week, another victory by the Kansas City Chiefs. After a dismal 1-5 start to the season, the Chiefs have won their 8th straight, defeating the Baltimore Ravens 34-14 and adding another conference win to their resume in their chase to secure a playoff spot. This has been quite a turnaround that ranks among the best in NFL history in a single season. Below are some notes from the game:
Game ball: This goes to Marcus Peters. The rookie CB from the University of Washington had a solid game against the Ravens. Peters had 3 tackles, 2 interceptions with 1 returned for a TD, and 4 passes defensed. His 23 total passes defensed this season is the most in Chiefs history for a rookie. He also leads the NFL in interception return yards this season with 98 more yards than the next closest. His 7 total interceptions rank second in the league. What a solid start to his career.
8 straight: According to Jon Zimmer, the Chiefs set an NFL record by becoming the first team to win 8 straight immediately after losing 5 straight in the same season. During this winning streak, the Chiefs have rocketed from last place in the AFC West to the fifth seed in the playoff standings. They have allowed only 98 total points (an average of 12.3 per game), with no team scoring more than 22 points against their stout defense. They have not allowed any points in the 4th quarter since the Broncos scored 13 in garbage time against them in November.
Alex Smith: Despite the team averaging only 213 passing yards per game, Smith is on pace for the most passing yards in his career and needs only 109 yards in the next two games to reach that mark. He is also on pace for the highest completion percentage of his career and second-highest QB Rating. He needs only 49 rushing yards to set a new career high in that category as well.
Receivers: Smith’s career year would not have been possible without the help of Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce. Smith has never had a 1000-yard receiver, and Maclin sits only 15 yards away from his second consecutive 1000-yard season, and Kelce is only 178 yards from a 1000-yard season. These two have combined for 10 of Smith’s 16 passing TDs this season so far. After not getting any TD’s to a wide receiver last season, the Chiefs have 10 TDs from their receivers this year (Maclin – 6, Wilson – 2, Thomas – 1, Conley – 1).
Winning: With the win yesterday, Andy Reid has clinched a winning record in all 3 seasons he has coached the Chiefs. He is 29-17 overall as KC’s head coach, which ranks as the third best winning percentage as the Chiefs coach behind only Hank Stram and Marty Schottenheimer.
The Chiefs can clinch a playoff spot next week by beating the Browns in KC and either the Jets or Steelers lose. They can also clinch the AFC West if they win out and the Broncos lose at least 1 more game. Let’s go Chiefs!