The Kansas City Chiefs proved their fast start was no fluke by returning to form this afternoon and beating the Arizona Cardinals 31 to 13.
Kansas City got off to a slow start, falling behind 3-0 but they quickly gained control by getting back to what they do best.
Running the football.
The Chiefs rushed for over 159 yards as a team Sunday. Jamaal Charles led the way, carrying the ball 12 ties for 88 yards. Thomas Jones was right behind him, receiving 15 carries for 71 yards.
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The real story, however, was Matt Cassel who had perhaps his best game as a Chief. The numbers were not eye popping but Cassel was a very efficient 15 of 24 for 193 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Chiefs QB finished with a rating of 115.5 and rarely threw a bad pass throughout the contest.
Cassel’s favorite target was wide receiver Dwayne Bowe who continued his excellent play, reeling in 6 catches for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Chiefs stifled the Cardinals offense, holding Arizona to a mere 6 points before finally relinquishing a garbage time touchdown on the last play of the game.
Leading the way for Kansas City were two rookies. Javier Arenas and Eric Berry tied for a team high 8 tackles, along with second year linebacker Jovan Belcher.
The Cardinals appeared to target Arenas and while they did have some success, the rookie held his own, acquiring 8 tackles, 2 defended passes, a QB sack and 2 QB hits.
The win moved the Chiefs to 6-4 on the season and an Oakland Raiders loss gave them sole procession of first place in the AFC West. The win also pushed the Chiefs to a perfect 5-0 at home this season.