Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) and cornerback Sean Smith (27) celebrate with fans after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chiefs defeated the Eagles 26-16. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 Chiefs By The Numbers: Good And Bad


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The Chiefs are 3-0. Wow, yep, I’ll say it again. The Chiefs are undefeated three games into the season. They’re currently in the middle of a 10-day rest-and-prep period before they play the Giants at home. The Giants are 0-3. If the Chiefs win next week – and I imagine that they will be heavily favored – they will be a full quarter of the way through the season without a loss.

All that said, the Chiefs have amazed at times and also shown some flaws. Here are some numbers that bear out where this team is right now.

17th – The weekly Alex Smith QBR ranking-watch. This is a big drop from his ranking at 9th this time last week. Although

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the numbers he put up by the end of the night were impressive against Philadelphia, he was playing some pretty ugly football for a while during the game. Then again, he has good company. Directly above him on the rankings are Tony Romo and Tom Brady. Directly below him – Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick. The really puke-worthy part of this list – Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers are currently at 1st and 2nd respectively.

54.55% – The Chiefs’ red-zone scoring percentage (only counting TD’s). This stat also took a plunge after last week’s weird game in Philly, leaving KC ranked 15th. The team is still 100% on red zone trips to touchdowns at home, so there’s that. Also, the teams’ percentage last year was 27.03% — by far the worst in the league, so I wouldn’t get too hung up on where it is now.

15 – Chiefs team sacks – leading the league. OLB Justin Houston is on pace for 40 sacks this season (the single-season record is 22.5), which is just plain nuts. He already has 7.5 this year and 20 in his 35 career games.

6.0 - The household rating for the Chiefs-Eagles game on Sunday. This was the highest Thursday Night Football rating since its inception and made the game the most-watched program that night. It was the fourth most watched game in the history of the NFL Network, which went on the air in 2006, and the 9.4 million views that were recorded by the ranking do not include people watching in Kansas City and Philadelphia through local stations (i.e. most of you). This just in: the country knows about the Chiefs.

106 – The number of yards RB Jamaal Charles has in the quarters 1, 2 and 3 of the first three games. Meanwhile, he has 118 yards rushing in the 4th quarter alone. This is a good and bad thing. While it is clear that the Chiefs have a guaranteed “put ‘em away” weapon in Charles, who is averaging 5.6 per carry in the 4th, they really need to find a better way to utilize him on the run for the rest of the game.

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9 – The number of receptions that WR Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs’ $56-million #1 receiver, has. That’s three per game. If I have one bone to pick with Smith, it’s this. AS has never been known as a big down-field passer, but he’s gotta take some chances Bowe’s way if this offense is going to stay dynamic. Dallas and Philadelphia were nice enough to play hot potato with the ball and bounce it KC’s way seven times. When the opponent isn’t stymieing itself, the Chiefs need to be able to keep up and score fast. So far, the team has shown only limited ability to do so.

7 – The number of 3rd downs that the 2013 Chiefs have converted when they’re not playing the Jacksonville Jaguars. That’s out of 23, or, put differently, 30.4% of the time. The Chiefs are going to find it hard to win big games if they are converting less than one in three of their 3rd-downs

45 – The number of yards the New York Giants gave up last week on its seven sacks. The Giants’ quarterbacks also threw for 135 yards, 0 TD’s, 2 INT’s against the Panthers. I’d like to introduce New York to members of the Chiefs defense, but I have no doubt that Eli will be meeting Poe, Houston, Hali, Berry, and many others up close and personal next Sunday. I really wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise.

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  • Phillip Maxwell

    Zero, zilch, nada….the most important number of all. In 3 games the Chiefs have yet to cough up the ball 1 single solitary time!

    • KCMikeG

      That’s the 2nd most I’mportant number. The most important number is 3 WINS – 0 losses!

      • Phillip Maxwell

        Ha ha! You kinda have a point except…without those zero turnovers we most likely don’t go 3-0

      • paul pace

        Here, here!!

  • Pealvin

    We have to stay grounded! We haven’t seen this type of start in awhile. It’s very exciting but the guys need to stay hungry. This could very well be a special season. Lets hope the coaching staff keeps them motivated to achieve big things!!

  • Travis Forsyth

    With out a doubt, kc is playing very well so far, but the only thing that kind of bugs me is that our offense hasn’t scored points when they could’ve….the eagles turned the ball over 5 times against kc (3 Vick interceptions, a fumbled snap, and a fumble on a punt return), 4 of those 5 turnovers, kc’s offense managed to get in the red zone and all 4 of those red zone visits went for field goals when they should’ve been TDs….kc should’ve beat the eagles 42 – 16 on Thursday night instead of beating them with a 10 spread…but anyway, that’s the only thing that bothers me and I’m sure it’s something that will be fixed as the season progresses….GO CHIEFS who’ll hopefully be 4-0 at this time next week…

    • superman_25_58

      Even though blood bath Mcgrath played decent I can’t wait until our #1 and #2 TE’s are back and hopefully it’s soon.

  • chief4ever

    Heads Up ! The NY Giants are not going 0-16——do not let them come in here and get their first victory. The NFL network and ESPN and Fox and everyone else is saying how bad the Giants are….do not be taken in by any talk…be strong …be KC and win. Go Chiefs !

    • NicholasAlanClayton

      Yeah, honestly I was hoping the Giants would beat Carolina so that they would break their skid and feel good going into KC. Instead, they are going to arrive at Arrowhead desperate for a win, and this is a better team than they’ve played so far this year. In the recent past, this team has played its best football when the situation was the most dire. Everything on paper favors the Chiefs in this game, I just worry that it is screaming “trap.” We shall see.

      • paul pace

        I agree! The Giants are coming into Arrowhead pissed so I don’t expect them to just roll over and quit. Their pride is at stake and they will be ready to go. K.C. needs to stay focused and not take them lightly! New York’s record is not indicative to who they really are as a team. K.C. has the talent to beat them but just needs to stay the course and stay hungry!! Hopefully, Reid can keep his team fired up and ready to take care of business on Sunday.

      • superman_25_58

        I think I heard these same words before the Eagles game too…………… F%&@ that, our D is legit so lets go out and beat some A#$ Chiefs!!!

  • Chris Tarrants

    After watching the sackfest that Eli just encountered I bet you money that he doesn’t get much sleep Saturday night! Our offense needs a lot of work but I am so stoked about our defense! It could be a defense that earns a monicker very soon

  • ILChiefan

    I think we need to be a little more patient with the offense; only 4 of the starters return from last year. So, you have 78% of the unit brand new to the team (and each other), a new Offensive Coordinator, a new man calling the plays, and 2 of the first three games on the road. As they get more comfortable, they will show improvement. Thankfully, the defense is carrying the team right now, but as the season goes on, I think we’ll see major improvements in the offense (barring injury, of course).

  • superman_25_58

    2- the number of starting TE’s chiefs didn’t have in game 3