Yes, it was a defensive gem for three quarters as our Chiefs shutdown the Oakland Raiders offense with a strong effort from their defensive line. The Kansas City pass defense was very good for the first time all season. And considering their only true star on defense Marcus Peters was benched that was even more surprising.
You could see the energy coming from the Chiefs players. They wanted this one badly and wanted to prove they weren’t done. They did that with a 26-15 victory, their first in over a month that snapped a four game losing streak.
At 7-6 our Chiefs remain in a first place tie with the LA Chargers who crushed a good Washington Redskins team Sunday.
The Chiefs offense was also better overall.
Alex Smith threw for 268 yards, but was still cold in the red zone and had no TD throws. Still a good effort. Kareem Hunt came back to life with 116 yards on the ground, his first 100 yard game since September. Nice. No big runs to speak of but steady and got some needed short gains for first downs finally. Tyreek Hill proved he is the man with more big plays and 75 yards on 4 receptions. Travis Kelce had a good game with 7 catches for 74 yards. Even Albert Wilson was a factor with 5 receptions for 72 yards and a big, closing first down catch.
As I have stated many times, I’d love to see our team win the division, make the playoffs and go deep. Clearly it sure didn’t look possible anymore. Now they have a real shot at the post season. If KC can defeat the dangerous Chargers at Arrowhead this coming Sunday it would be their second straight division title.
Can they do it?
Maybe if players like Justin Houston show up – he had 3 big tackles and 1 sack – and defenders like Terrance Mitchell lead the way with 4 tackles and 1 INT, anything could be possible. Chris Jones had several pressures and a sack. Reggie Ragland stood tall and guys who had just been going through the motions played hard to get the needed win.
Andy Reid was beaming and so was Don Sutton, they finally got it done when it counted.
Now comes the final game that will decide the division title.
Kansas City defeated the 0-4 Chargers in LA early in the year. However the Chargers have come roaring back with big wins and now have a 7-6 record as well. Many observers feel the Chargers are a dangerous post season team if they get in the picture.
The Chargers may be the third best team in the AFC behind the Pats and Steelers. Beating the Chargers will be much harder than defeating the Raiders at home.
But hey, that Arrowhead crowd and magic were a sight to see.
Can they do it again this week?
‘That’s why they play the games.’ You never know, maybe the Chiefs have found themselves. We shall see.