Score: Chiefs 31, Giants 7
It Was Over When: Dexter McCluster took a punt 89-yards for a touchdown to give the Chiefs a 17-7 lead. KC never looked back from there.
Players of the Game: The tight ends I’ve never heard of and Dexter McCluster were huge for the Chiefs today.
Fun Stat: The Chiefs became the second team in NFL history to start 4-0 after winning two or fewer games the previous season.
1. Special Teams
After a great preseason, the special teams got off to a slow start for the Chiefs outside of Dustin Colquitt. Today, Ryan Succup hit a key 51-yard field goal to end the first half and McCluster had a punt return for a touchdown. If the Chiefs are going to play this well on defense and special team then the offense doesn’t have to be great.
2. No Fluke
At some point, all of these turnovers the Chiefs force, the fourth quarter dominance, and the overall play of the defense is no longer a fluke and becomes the reality of what this team is. Yes, luck is apart of it, but KC’s pressure and discipline creates a lot of that luck. This team is for real.
With that said, Arizona started the season 4-0 last season and finished 5-11. So… yeah.
3. No-Name Tight Ends
Sean McGrath? Kevin Brock? Who???
The two combined for 7 catches, 91 yards, and a touchdown today, and had key receptions to extend drives. It makes one wonder what the Chiefs will be able to do when Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce are healthy.
The Chiefs offense from the first thru third quarters has been brutal to watch at times. At some point the offense is going to be asked to win a game for the Chiefs. How are they going to make that happen with their current inability to throw the ball downfield? Are the Chiefs hiding something?
KC has yet to trail by more than a touchdown this season. It’ll be interesting to see how the offense responds when that eventually happens.
2. Branden Albert
Albert has been a penalty machine this the last few games. Those mistakes, combined with shaky play and injury issues, are making it harder to find a scenario where extending him makes sense.
3. Wide Receivers
Dwayne Bowe cost Alex Smith an interception and Donnie Avery dropped several passes today. Part of the Chiefs inability to get things going in the passing game early in the game is directly related to receivers not being able to get open or hold onto the ball.
Kansas City travels to Tennessee for what is now looking like a tough road game against the Titans. Kickoff is at noon.