Kansas City Chiefs: Four Thoughts vs. New England Patriots

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Sep 29, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) is congratulated by guard Zach Fulton (73) after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports


Going back to the points I just made, Reid playing to his strengths and establishing dominance on the ground. The Chiefs seem to have an identity and that’s establishing the run early and pounding away the clock.

Playing keep away seems to be the theme, as they dominated New England in time of possession last night, holding the ball for 36:27 to the Patriots 23;33. The Chiefs had the ball for 11 minutes in the first quarter and scored on their second possession of the game.

This of course is happening because of the combination of Reid’s play calling and Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis gaining huge chunks of yards on the ground. When you can line up and dominate the line of scrimmage like the Chiefs have the last three weeks, you can control the game.

Alex Smith’s understanding of each situation is really starting to shine as well. While we’d all like to see him air it out deep, Smith is understanding that his strengths in the west coast offense is to let his play makers do all the work. Smith is doing a great job of finding the open man while not forcing anything that isn’t there.

When you have guys like Charles, Kelce, Davis, Fasano and Bowe, finding them underneath and letting them run isn’t a bad thing at all.

The emergence of this group since their week one debacle is the most impressive thing during this two game turn around.