The Morning Fix: Undefeated Edition

There’s plenty to smile about, too — particularly a surprising defense that should keep the Chiefs in most games. Yeah. This should be a happy story.

The Chiefs are one of only eight undefeated teams, and there’s been so little to cheer about lately. How could we even dare miss an opportunity? So if that’s how you want to look at it, good for you. Don’t let these words ruin your day.

Not bad, but not great, either. This is a 2-0 team with an inconsistent quarterback and a philosophy that it will have to find alternative ways to score. Kansas City’s offense can only be as good as Matt Cassel allows, and he hasn’t shown much improvement in his second season as the Chiefs’ starter. Otherwise, the defense and special teams have looked terrific, and those are the reasons why the Chiefs are among the NFL’s unbeaten teams.

“The plan was no returns (for Cribbs),” Haley said. “They had to scheme to try to get him one at the end, and he had one early on a punt return. But what a job these two kickers did. They stepped up to the task in an unselfish way. They’re not worried about their own personal glory and they helped us win and that’s what I’m looking for.”

“We’re going to have to score in some unconventional ways,” Chiefs coach Todd Haley said. “The thing I’m excited about is that we do have some playmakers in some of those spots that can do that. Part of us trying to become a good team will be being opportunistic. It looks like we’ve shown more ability to do that.”

Haley opted to go for it on fourth and 1 late in the fourth quarter. Running back Thomas Jones gained the yard, converted the first down and secured the team’s second victory.

We just have to win.” And yet, the Browns failed to win for the sec­ond time in eight days — following an eerily similar script from their season opener in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers blanked them for the last 35 minutes en route to a 17-14 come-from-behind victory. “We were up 14-10 in both of those games,” Cleveland coach Eric Mangini pointed out. “I felt like we did some posi­tive things in both of those games.

Sure, it’s only two weeks into the NFL season. Still, look who is undefeated – and who is winless.

Yep, that’s the Bears and Buccaneers and Chiefs and Texans at the top of the standings. And the defending division champion Vikings and Cowboys at the bottom.

The 10 points off turnovers matched the 10 points the Browns gave Tampa Bay in the opener off turnovers. Cleveland has played two games, given up one offensive touchdown drive, allowed the opposing teams to score 33 points total — and lost twice. Kansas City did not score a touchdown on offense, yet won and controlled the second half.

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