For the first quarter it looked like the Washington Redskins and Kirk Cousins were going to end the Chiefs undefeated run at three. Cousins hit a bomb touchdown pass on the first series beating Chiefs all-pro Marcus Peters in the end zone.
Needless to say, the crowd got real quiet.
Next the Chiefs had nothing on offense.
QB Alex Smith looked a bit lost early on and the visions of Pat Mahomes began to bubble. The Redskins drove the field again scoring a field goal and taking a 10-0 lead deep into the second quarter.
Then it began to happen:
Smith got tough; he ran, he threw darts; Reid called insane movement plays on offense and everyone on the Chiefs side got tough and began to settle down.
Tavis Kelce showed up big and the Chiefs put up seven just before the half.
The second half was dominated by Kansas City.
Yes, the Redskins stayed in the game with another end zone shot again over Marcus Peters for 7. But the Chiefs defense played well overall in the second half – bending but not breaking.
What also saved KC were big time penalties against Washington to keep KC drives alive.
However it was the outstanding running of Smith and his throws on the run that were perfect. Smith utilized everyone. He threw for nearly 300 yards and more than 100 of those yards were to Albert Wilson, Chris Conley and even Charcandrick West.
The play of the game was Smith’s broken field run and long bullet to Albert Wilson to set up the late score. Smith played so strong and somehow looked younger and better than the last few years. No, he didn’t go downfield a ton; his wounded line couldn’t hold out the rush well enough, but he went mid range with authority and was on the button and he looked elite.
Hey gang, if Smith plays like this and the team keeps improving, boy it will be hard to say goodbye to him at season’s end. The guy could prove everyone wrong, me included and be that special quarterback.
Is it too late?
Does he need a Super Bowl to stay the starter here?
Smith’s current numbers say he is a top five NFL quarterback: Passer rating, 132.7 best in the NFL, 7 TD’s perhaps on way to 30 plus,0 INT’s, 65 of 84 completions with a 77.4 percent ratio. Way up the chart.
Oh, did I mention Kareem Hunt went over 100 yards for his fourth straight game and was a beast in the fourth quarter again. Hunt wore down the Washington defense and put about half of them out of the game with injuries. Hunt’s the NFL’s best rookie and best back today.
Fortunately Kelce behaved and had a very good game with over 100 yards in the air and a TD. Hey, he’s half way there to last year’s total of 4.
And let’s not forget the new place kicker, Harrison Butker.
He missed his first field goal – it was close and kind a long one – but hit the next 3 including the game winner just prior to Justin Houston picking up a last second fumble from the Skins and running it in for a TD.
The Chiefs played hard in a league of capable teams. Teams you need to beat if you want to go all the way. Because there is no dominant team.
Well perhaps there is: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS THE NFL’S ONLY UNDEFEATED TEAM
But even at 4-0 and it doesn’t get easier.
Next week there’s another premier national tv game, Sunday Night against the dangerous Texans and Mister Watson. Who says the networks and the NFL can’t pick exciting teams and games to feature on the big stage.
The Kansas City Chiefs are now America’s team….who would have thunk it?
We will see, but so far, so good.