The Kansas City Chiefs are 3-0 and hold a 2 game lead in the AFC West.
I’ll just let you sit with that for a while.
Feels good, no?
We have a lot to talk about today. Until then, here is your Morning Fix!
“Last year,” says cornerback Brandon Flowers, “it felt like if we’re in a game, everybody’s kind of waiting, like, ‘All right, when is that play gonna happen where the other team makes a play?’ This year, every play, it’s like, ‘If the play comes my way I’m going to be the person to change it around.’ It’s just a whole new feeling around here.”
Waters said there might be another hidden meaning in the aggressive nature of Sunday’s win: That the Chiefs have gotten better and deserve to be in the discussion of the NFL’s better teams.
Bad teams don’t win like the Chiefs won Sunday. Bad teams don’t convert that many high-risk plays. Bad teams don’t make it look this easy.
“It’s not by luck,” Waters said, “and it definitely ain’t something that you just pull out of your hat.”
“People have been coming up to me (and asking), ‘When are you going to get out there? When are you going to get started early?’ I tell everybody I’ve got to be patient and my time is going to come,” McCluster said. “I’ve got to be unselfish.”
“We want to take what the defense gives us, but we also want to make sure we try to keep them off-balance whatever we do,” Waters said.
“We knew (the 49ers) were coming off a short week, so we knew they probably didn’t have as long to prepare for us as we did for them. We tried to take as much advantage of that as possible.”
The San Francisco run defense hadn’t given up more than 80 yards to a running back in its last eight games, but both Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones surpassed 90 yards in Sunday’s rout.
Charles finished with 97 yards in 12 carries, and Jones had 95 yards in 19 carries.
So why are the Chiefs playing so well? That’s a question that can’t be answered on paper. They are rushing the ball fairly well with Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles carrying the load, but other than that, they aren’t doing anything special. The most important thing is that they are finding ways to win.
At Kansas City, Matt Cassel’s three touchdown passes included a trick play that caught San Francisco completely flat-footed and the Chiefs remained unbeaten with a 31-10 rout of the winless 49ers.
Trust me when I say this; McCluster was the most unique player available for the 2010 NFL Draft. He’s only reaching the surface of his talent. It has taken a while, but OLB Tamba Hali is starting to really emerge in their 3-4 defensive scheme. And unheralded OLB Andy Studebaker is the best player that you’ve never heard of.
Topics: AFC West, Dexter McCluster, Kansas City Chiefs, Matt Cassel, San Francisco 49ers