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09-26-2010, 11:53 PM
Chiefs Blitz | The good, the bad and the ugly from KC's 31-10 win over San Francisco (http://www.kansascity.com/2010/09/26/2252899/chiefs-blitz.html)

Do tell the truth

What did we learn from Sunday’s victory?

That it’s time to start taking the Chiefs seriously as one of the NFL’s up-and-coming teams. At this level, teams don’t start 3-0 by accident. Against San Francisco, there was noticeable improvement in Kansas City’s offense, and quarterback Matt Cassel was as sharp as he’s been this season. But the downside to such a hot start is that the pressure increases; the Chiefs will no longer surprise teams.

But what about Jamaal Charles’ carries?

It’s true that Charles’ 12 carries were seven fewer than Thomas Jones had, but when a team wins the way the Chiefs did Sunday, nobody cares — or should care, anyway — how the touches are distributed. Charles might be the more electric back, averaging 8.1 yards per carry compared with Jones’ 5 yards per rush, but when Kansas City blows out a talented San Francisco team, there’s not much to complain about.

How did Cassel perform?

Well enough. On Sunday, Cassel was exactly what the Chiefs need him to be: adequate. He wasn’t perfect, throwing an interception in the first quarter that spoiled a productive drive, but Kansas City doesn’t need perfect. After trying several downfield passes, coaches made an adjustment after Cassel’s interception to have him dump the ball to playmaking receivers and backs, and it paid off. After the first quarter, Cassel was 13 of 19 for 215 yards.

What was most impressive about Sunday’s win?

The Chiefs have a pass rush again. A team whose sack totals have been anemic the last two years brought down Alex Smith five times. Linebacker Tamba Hali had three of those sacks. Almost as impressive, perhaps, was that the Chiefs’ stand-in at left defensive end, Shaun Smith, was terrific. He was part of seven tackles as he covered for the injured Tyson Jackson for the second consecutive week.

Who is the Chiefs’ best offensive playmaker?

Other than Charles — and perhaps Dexter McCluster — Kansas City hit the jackpot in this year’s draft when it selected tight end Tony Moeaki in the third round. Moeaki’s one-handed touchdown catch was an instant highlight, and it was reminiscent of the plays Tony Gonzalez made for years at Arrowhead Stadium. Now if only the soft-spoken Moeaki would learn to dunk the football over the crossbar…

And on defense?

Cornerback Brandon Flowers is for real, and he had his second interception in two weeks Sunday. He is the centerpiece of a young and talented secondary, and as it improves, quarterbacks will have to think before testing Flowers. It helps defensive backs when the front seven is as effective as the Chiefs were Sunday, but Flowers is emerging as one of the league’s top pass defenders.

The final word

“We’re a different team. We know we can do it.”

| Receiver Dexter McCluster, who was one of many Chiefs players with a big play Sunday.

Big number

21That was the Chiefs’ margin of victory Sunday in a game they were underdogs in. If not for a San Francisco score as time expired, Kansas City would’ve won by four touchdowns. Honestly, did anyone on this side of the insane asylum expect a score that lopsided?

09-27-2010, 12:30 AM
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L.A. Chieffan
09-27-2010, 12:32 AM
So, the Chiefs drafted Charles this year?