Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) is sacked by Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 17-16. (Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)

Three Thoughts: Kansas City Chiefs Outlast Houston Texans

Tamba Hali is On Fire

For the fifth consecutive week, Tamba Hali has added to his sack total. He’s now earned 9.0 sacks on the season, only a half sack behind team-leading Justin Houston. Hali forced his way through the line repeatedly throughout the game, but his sack of Houston quarterback Case Keenum at the end of the game truly resembled his drive this season. Hali starts off on the defensive left side and fights his way around the Houston tackle. Circling all the way around the backside of the offense, Hali gets the force-fumble sack on Keenum, completely ending the Texans’ chances of a comeback.

The Offense Looked Pretty Good

After every game this season, I have felt that the offense still has room for improvement. Although Jamaal Charles is doing just fine, the passing game is what really worries me. Alex Smith is an efficient quarterback and a blessing from above compared to the Chiefs’ last few quarterbacks, but he isn’t an elite QB in my mind. His 240 passing yards is enough to win a game against a veritable Texan defense, but it would much more reassuring to see some touchdowns and third-down conversions among his stats.

Overall, I’m Elated

Yes, elated. This season is an amazing season for the Chiefs. Can you believe seven wins in seven weeks? It’s a shock to look at that record or those defensive stats on a TV screen. Was it just Andy Reid and Alex Smith that made that big a difference? Were Romeo Crennel, Todd Haley, and Herm Edwards that bad of coaches? How much longer will this all last before it comes crashing down?

All I know is Kansas City football is progressing nicely.


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