Friday, September 27, 2013

Geek Out Stat: Hail to the Chiefs

     Last year, the Kansas City Chiefs finished with a dismal 2-14 record and had the first pick in the most recent NFL Draft. They became the first NFL team since the 1929 Buffalo Bisons to not lead in regulation during any of their first nine games of the regular season. Then-head coach Romeo Crennel boasted a 4-15 record during his brief tenure with the Chiefs before being fired and quarterback Matt Cassel didn't pan out as Kansas City hoped.
     Funny how things can dramatically change in a year. The Chiefs hired former Eagles head coach Andy Reid to the same position and drafted offensive lineman Eric Fisher with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. They also acquired former No. 1 pick Alex Smith from San Francisco. But these moves are a small reason for why Kansas City has already surpassed their win total from last season.
     Their defense has already shown itself as one of the most fearsome. Gossamer defensive tackle Dontari Poe has ten tackles and has recorded 3.5 sacks in three games already. Veteran linebackers Tamba Hali, Akeem Jordan, and Derrick Johnson have combined totals of 43 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble, and a sack. Linebacker Justin Houston has also contributed greatly, compiling 17 tackles along with an NFL-leading 7.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He has also recovered two fumbles. The secondary for the Chiefs has allowed the 5th-fewest yards per game, only yielding opposing receivers to 185 yards per game. Opponents have also made only 11 third down conversions (27.5%) against the Chiefs this year, good for second best in the NFL
     Kansas City also has a great running back in Jamaal Charles. He's running for 224 yards on 52 carries and has two touchdowns this season. This includes a solid game against the Eagles last week in which he ran for 92 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown. He also had seven receptions for 80 yards in that game.
     It's safe to say that the Andy Reid era in Kansas City has gotten off to a very pleasant start. But can they topple their division rivals in the Denver Broncos, who are also undefeated? If you're looking for a worst-to-first story, this could be your team to get behind.

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