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.


Tags: Kansas City Chiefs

  • tm1946

    E-L-A-T-E-D, sounds about right. We are in a position the like I do not recall. Reported happened to Vermeil but does not jog any memories.

    The nice part about it there are tons of room for improvement to look forward to. Of course, the offense, QB playdownfield, WRs more involved, someone to give Charles a rest, ability of OL to block for run and pass, etc. Can add Colquitt playing thru injury and missing on one punt per game. Even the defense, the best in this years NFL, can do better.

  • Blake Molina

    I’ll reach true elation when we beat Denver. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited and pumped, not only for now but for the future. I just wanna see us beat the Donkeys so badly

  • jayhwk01

    KC is having a whale of a season. After last year I can’t blame KC fans for being absolutely giddy. Since I don’t have a horse in the race I have to wonder how long this ride lasts. It seems to me KC is living on a micro thin margin…much more so than most teams.

    • ……ChiefsFan……

      Not gonna argue with you there.

      However the same could be said about every team in the leage….. If you take away their best offensive player.

    • ……ChiefsFan……

      On second thought, I’m not so sure they would be so inept. Knile Davis and Cyrus Gray are complete unknowns in the nfl. Sure Davis fumbles, but so does Charles. Both Davis and Gray are very fast, and capable of catching the ball out of the backfield.

      My initial instinct is the Chiefs would struggle more, but at this point it is just speculation.

      • jayhwk01

        I think Davis and Gray do not even belong in the conversation with Charles. I would also argue that Charles means more to his team than most anyone not named Manning.

        • ……ChiefsFan……

          I’m not saying they belong in the conversation. I’m just saying I don’t think the offense would be inept.

    • Kisersosay

      Micro thin compared to most teams? Not true….They rank 2nd in the league in point differential @ +88 and have scored the 3rd most points in the AFC with 169. Add that to the league leading scoring defense of 10.6 points and micro thin does not even come close to describing their season so far. Does not mean they have not had some close games but good teams win close games and average teams lose them.

      • jayhwk01

        This is a perfect example of stats don’t always tell the story. KC has won two games by 1 pt. Both of those games with home field advantage. The Dallas game took a dropped TD and a wide open Dez Bryant missed by Romo to secure that win. Micro thin. In the Houston game they started the third string QB, lost foster in the the 1st quarter, and their best LB mid game. One point win. Micro thin. In two other games KC won by a margin of 9 pts and 10 pts. Both of those games were very much in doubt very late. I think Micro thin margins of victory means a lot more than just point differential. It is not a knock on KC so no need to take it that way. It has been a dream season and the ball has bounced the right way often and very often due to an excellent D. I take nothing away from KC in pointing that out but it has been a charmed season in many ways. Enjoy it they don’t come often.

        • Kisersosay

          Ok this is a perfect example of why you cannot take one or two plays from a ballgame and play the what if game. If the Fasano catch at the goal line was called correctly the game is over sooner, if this play or that play in any game went the other way there may have been a different result. Yes things are going KC’s way right now and yes they may go the other way in the future. Point is we don’t know ….but I am certainly enjoying it especially after last year :)