NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans

Ugly Will Do

The Kansas City Chiefs are 5-0!  This is the first time the Chiefs have been 5-0 since 2003.  The Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans 26-17.  The Chiefs defense was dominant in the first half as the Titans went three and out on their first five series.  The second half the Titans offense got going and at one point the Titans took a 17-13 lead.  After that the Chiefs defense stepped back up forcing two fourth quarter interceptions.  From there the Chiefs offense did enough to build a lead and win the game.

Jamaal Charles was again a work horse as he had 145 total yards on 27 touches and scored one touchdown.  Andy Reid must see Brian Westbrook 2.0 in Charles as he is using him in a very similar way.  Westbrook was a perennial star for the Philadelphia Eagles in both the running and passing game.  Charles has more targets in the passing game than any other running back in the league and is on pace to match Brian Westbrook’s career high for Reid with 90 receptions from a running back.

While this game was ugly and hard to watch at times I look back and am actually very pleased with the win.  I want to be negative since Alex Smith looked flustered and threw his first interception of the season, but to steal a line from the former terrible Chiefs coach Herm Edwards, “YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME”.(  For years the great organizations like the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, and Pittsburgh Steelers continually won ugly games.  Every Monday morning ESPN “experts” would then talk about how Tom Brady and the Patriots struggled and can’t possibly keep winning like this.  But week in and week out these teams found a way.  The Chiefs right now look like a winning team.  A good playoff team should have won these first five games and that is what they have done.  After a 2-14 season 5-0 should be seen as a miracle but it feels like this is what the Chiefs should be doing with this roster and coaching staff.

Next week will be a tougher test than most think as the Oakland Raiders come to Arrowhead in the Chiefs first divisional game.  Terrell Pryor put on quite a show against the San Diego Chargers yesterday/this morning and will be a good test for the unbeaten Chiefs.

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