The Kansas City Chiefs remained perfect after surviving a scare at Arrowhead Stadium. It came right down to the wire, but the Chiefs narrowly defeated the Houston Texans 17-16.
There were many times where the defense looked as if they finally were going to give up a big game to an opponent. Case Keenum made his first career start for the Texans Sunday and had a much better performance than most expected, actually outperforming Alex Smith statistically. Keenum stretched the Chiefs defense and really tested them to see what they were made of. Without the numerous injuries the Texans had during the course of the game, the outcome may have been a bit different.
For the first time this season, Dwyane Bowe actually looked as if he had been a part of the Chiefs game plan. Through the first six weeks this year, it was as if Bowe was nonexistent and only used as a decoy for the rest of the offense to execute. Bowe was targeted four times last week with three receptions and defensive pass interference call, so maybe this was part of the reason Chiefs Offensive Coordinator, Doug Pederson, decided to incorporate Bowe more in Week 7.
Jamaal Charles was solid as always and Dexter McCluster had by far his best offensive game of the season.
Alex Smith showed signs of greatness today, but still had trouble to be consistent. He had one interception, and a rushing touchdown on a play on which may have been the best failed read option play I have ever seen.
The Chiefs are 7-0 so I should not be complaining. There are many flaws I see in this offense still though. I have preached it time and time again that eventually the Chiefs will need to incorporate a more vertical passing game and a more balanced offense, but time and time again this season, the Chiefs continue to win without one.
When Alex Smith throws the ball in a tight window, it is hard but to cringe hoping it doesn’t get picked off. There are many times where it probably should have been picked off but luckily it fell harmlessly to the ground. While they are certainly never good, interceptions can be misconstrued on occasion. Without occasional risks, it is very difficult to have a lot of success. Not everyone is Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers and can throw a ridiculous amount of touchdowns without turning the ball over. Interceptions happen and it is part of the game.
It seems as if Smith is too comfortable with the check down pass going for three of four yards. It is very difficult to win all of your close games, eventually more points are going to be scored by the Chiefs and that comes by taking chances down the field.
The Chiefs play their third consecutive home game next week at Arrowhead against the Cleveland Browns in hopes of coming out with a victory at 8-0.