Recap: The Chiefs may have saved their season with this comeback victory. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Kansas City had lost 31 straight games when trailing by at least 10 points entering the fourth quarter. The Chiefs trailed 24-13 going into the fourth quarter and trailed 24-6 late in the third quarter.
Biggest area to fix: First-half defense. The Chiefs’ defense was awful for the first two weeks and struggled in the first half against the Saints. The Chiefs need to figure out a way of not falling behind big.
Biggest area to build on: Jamaal Charles. The speedy tailback is back. He had 233 yards on 33 carries. According to ESPN Stats & Information, he tied O.J. Simpson and Corey Dillon with his second game of 230 rushing yards or more. Jim Brown leads the NFL with three 230 rushing yard games.
Coach Romeo Crennel said Monday that he wasn’t certain whether any of the three would be available for this week’s game against San Diego at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs, though, would be wise not to count on any of them being ready.
McCluster, the third wide receiver, was helped off the field in the second half on Sunday holding his injured elbow. Hillis, who was supposed to share the featured running back spot with Jamaal Charles, had his injured ankle protected in a walking boot on Monday. And Hudson, the Chiefs’ starting center, was taken to the locker room Sunday on the back of a motorized cart because of a knee injury.
“That’s the NFL,” defensive back Travis Daniels said. “You just never know what’s going to happen. The one thing we definitely wanted to be able to do is take care of our business and not have to worry about what goes on with another team winning or losing.
“We want to be a team that controls our own destiny. By having San Diego come in this week, if we can take care of business, that will put us on the right track for that.”
It is certainly a fair argument that Romeo Crennel, with the ball at the opponent’s 33, one timeout remaining and 2:00 minutes left on the clock, should have gone for the touchdown to win in regulation. There are many things he had to consider, a turnover being the biggest, but giving the ball back to Drew Brees with time on the clock was probably weighing heavily in his mind. So he decided to run out the game clock, and live to play again in OT. Hard to argue with him considering they won the game.
“It’s a little hectic. That was my fourth guard play of my career and I think my first at right guard. That’s football and that’s life in the NFL. Unfortunately there were some injuries and we’re keeping our fingers crossed about Rodney [Hudson] and we’ll see what happens. The guys go down, you have to fill them in, you have to step up and unfortunately it’s happened for us early in the year but almost every team goes through something like that where there’s going to be shortages at positions and guys are going to have to play positions that they may not be used to playing or guys that haven’t had a lot of experience are going to have to step up and play. So this is Jeff Allen’s time. Obviously he’s probably going to see some reps and see some more action. He got drafted high and he’s got to play well and we’ve got to keep the train moving.”
“One of the things during the week we’ve been focusing on is that. I think the leaders on the team have kind of taken it upon themselves to push the team to try to get better in that respect, to try to keep up the energy and just play every play. If you have a negative play, forget about that one, put it behind you and don’t try to correct it and all those things, but put it behind you and let’s play the next play. I think that’s what the team did yesterday. When there were negative plays, and there were negative plays, they put those behind them and then concentrated on the next play. I think as a result of it, that helped us during the course of the game.”
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen