A Chiefs win is like a newborn child: even if it’s ugly, you’ll take it.
The Kansas City Chiefs defeated The Chicago Bears 10-3 by way of a very interesting turn of events. Tyler Palko surprisingly played fairly well in Chicago, going 17 of 30 for 157 yards and one miraculous touchdown pass to Dexter McCluster via Brian Urlacher. The Chiefs completed the only touchdown of the game on a desperation heave to the endzone, which was batted by Urlacher directly into the arms of McCluster. Thankfully Urlacher can’t catch.
Palko also threw no interceptions. As in ZERO. As in his first career start in the NFL without an interception! Sure, he didn’t look great, but he managed the game a lot better than I thought he would against that tough Bears defense. Julius Peppers and Urlacher were fairly quiet. The Bears contained the Chiefs offense for the most part, but the Chiefs did not give up any big game changing plays. Kyle Orton made his Chiefs debut Sunday also, which was cut short on his first play from scrimmage. Orton apparently injured his index finger on his throwing hand. Which, depending on his status, could have been the single most expensive incompletion in Chiefs history, if Orton does not return to action again this year. I have yet to hear his injury report.
The Chiefs defense had another week of outstanding play, chalking up seven sacks against Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie. Romeo Crennel’s defense kept pressure on Hanie all day, and allowed him only 133 yards on 24 attempts, as well as intercepting three passes. Justin Houston put on a show today, recording three of the seven Chiefs sacks and seven tackles, tied for the team high with Derrick Johnson, who recorded one sack as well. The Chiefs defense also held the Bears to zero third down conversions for the game.
McCluster was the leading rusher of the day, with 61 yards on only nine carries, one of which was a 32 yard bob-and-weaver into the Bears secondary.
One small fact I left out: The Chiefs ended their touchdown drought, ending it at 12 quarters. Now that it’s over, we can hopefully look forward to more touchdowns next week when the Chiefs take on the New York Jets. The Jets defeated the Washington Redskins today 34-19. Hopefully the Chiefs can have a solid week of preparation and put up a good fight against the 7-5 Jets, who are still a game behind the Patriots in the AFC East.
The Chiefs are slowly improving. If the defense stays solid and the offense improves in the offseason, we as fans will have good things to look forward to in 2012.