The Kansas City Chiefs made mistakes on offense and lacked proper execution through much of today’s game. Tremendous play on defense and special teams still carried the Chiefs to a 26-17 win.
The numbers are mostly horrid for the Chiefs on offense. Kansas City’s offensive unit managed just six points and 353 yards of offense against a stellar Tennessee defense. Jamaal Charles lost a fumble and Alex Smith threw an interception. The Chiefs were a miserable 1 of 12, 8%, on third down conversion attempts.
The Chiefs’ Scoring Was Special
The Kansas City special teams contributed the other 20 points as Ryan Succop kicked two extra points and four field goals and Marcus Cooper recovered a muffed punt in the Titans’ end zone. This is becoming a trend with the Chiefs, as last week it was a Dexter McCluster punt return for a touchdown that turned the corner for Kansas City.
That wasn’t the only big play of the game for Cooper, as he made one of the two interceptions of Fitzpatrick in the last 6:17 of the game to help seal the deal for Kansas City. The other was made off a tip by Quintin Demps. The Chiefs now have 15 takeaways through five games and are a NFL best +10 in turnover margin.
The Silver Lining
One bright spot for the Chiefs on offense was that Charles did have his first 100-yard rushing game of the season. Donnie Avery also had two catches on deep balls thrown by Smith, which is encouraging for the Chiefs as that part of their offense is a major project.
Six points, two turnovers and converting 8% of third downs simply can’t be the norm on offense for Kansas City if they want to stay undefeated. If that continues the Chiefs will sooner rather than later not get the big defensive and special teams plays to win. Today it was good enough.