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Chiefs Stay Undefeated, Beating Texans 17-16


It was closer than what many expected, but at the end of the day, the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Houston Texans, 17-16.

The Chiefs are now 7-0, and the sea of red keeps on rolling.

Kansas City may not be dominant offensively, but once again, this Jamaal Charles-led unit did enough to get by. The Chiefs’ star running back punched in another touchdown, pushing his total to six on the year, and he carried the ball 21 times for 86 yards. Charles also caught three passes for 37 yards.

Alex Smith went another week without a passing touchdown, and he threw an interception. He did run the ball six times for 28 yards though, and picked up a touchdown with his feet.

Overall, the Chiefs’ offensive unit put up 357 total yards.

Kansas City’s defense got the job done once again, holding the Texans to just 294 total yards, and only 73 yards on the ground—which is incredibly impressive.

First-time NFL starter Case Keenum threw for 271 yards and one touchdown for the Texans, but the Chiefs were able to force a fumble and once again got after the quarterback. Kansas City notched five more sacks, with Tamba Hali again leading the way.

Hali registered 2.5 sacks and six total tackles. Brandon Flowers and Derrick Johnson each also recorded a sack, and Justin Houston grabbed a half sack. Houston now has 10 sacks total on the season.

At the end of the day, it may not have been a dominant win, but it was a win for Kansas City, nevertheless. At the end of the day, that’s seven wins in a row for the Chiefs, and they haven’t lost a game this season.

Right now, that’s the only stat that matters.

Tags: Alex Smith Brandon Flowers Featured Jamaal Charles Justin Houston Kansas City Chiefs Popular Tamba Hali

  • berttheclock

    The Chiefs are Seven and Zero. Let the Alex Smith bashing begin. BTW, in case no one noticed, the Chiefs are Seven and Zero.

    • BWrangler

      I’m sure Micah is going to pipe up here shortly with how much Alex Smith sucks. Once again, the team found themselves behind in the score, and on the second possession afterwards, they get in the endzone and ride the defense to victory. That sucky Alex Smith sure stunk it up on that drive and rush for six….let’s hear it Micah, you turd.

      • Davé

        MIcah is a bit crazy but honestly if you deny Alex couldn’t be better you are in denial. Yes we are 7-0 and its awesome how our Defense and Special teams are playing. What is worrisome is the offensive performance. Squeaking by is definitely better than losing but if Alex were to move into the middle of the pack as far as QBR, Completion Percentage, and Yards per attempt (where he currently is near the bottom in all) we would be a truly dominant team and people might say we could beat Denver instead of saying we are simply riding a last place schedule.

        • berttheclock

          Except for two passes, I thought Alex Smith played a far better game today. On his missed connection with McGrath in the end zone, even Sims said he should have come across his body more instead of trying to lead him. On the INT, it looked as though there was miscommunication between him and his receiver. One other thing. Had the review booth not missed the ball crossing the goal line before Fasano hit the ground, the rating of Alex Smith would have risen.

          • Davé

            He missed Bowe to open the game on a high throw, he missed a sure TD to Jamaal who I think was matched up against a Line backer, me missed McGrath or the FB on another TD. His interception was not all on him but he was throwing into triple coverage on Dex. He finished the game with a sub 80 QBR.

          • berttheclock

            Yes, and Keenum had a 110 rating. Get back to me when you find out which one had the winning record as the QB, today. Keenum had a dropped pass and just missed on another. All QBs have near misses. So, what the hell do you want? Have Alex Smith benched? We won and are Seven and Zero. Enjoy the win.

          • Davé

            You are missing the point. If Keenum had our amazing Defense and damn good special teams he would also be riding a 7 game winning streak. I just want the guy to not leave so many points on the field. Points that we will need to beat these crazy prolific offenses. So I criticize him but have you seen me once call for another QB? I am not an idiot man, but I am more than justified in saying he needs to step it up considerably.

          • Danny W

            It doesn’t matter the reason. You didn’t say he was perfect so your an automatic hater. It’s not crowded over here. #welcomeaboard

          • Davé

            LOL Danny to all these guys I am a hater fair weather fan but that has been the case for a long time <—Chiefswatch

          • Danny W

            That you Chiefswatch??

          • superman_25_58

            While I still believe Smith gives us the best chance to win right now he was inaccurate on a lot of throws in the last 2-3 games………….. This “Keenum had a dropped pass and just missed on another. All QBs have near misses. So, what the hell do you want?”………… Keenum is a rookie and Smith is a 8 year vet, big difference here! What do we want? How about an accurate throw when needed? Smith has missed on several open deep routes that would of gone for (The Big Play) TD’s if the ball was close to catchable along with missing on simple Screens or short routes that was open enough to think our players had a chance to get some yards after catch. Most of these games wouldn’t of been so close if we hit on these plays. Needless to say Keenum looked pretty darn good against the best D in the league and Keenum also looked like the better Qb on the field Sunday afternoon IMO.

          • sidibeke

            No, he’s not lighting it up. I hope he makes progress in the offense. It’d be nice if he cut down on missing some of those throws. His rep is as an accurate passer. Too many points left on the field. But killing more than 1/2 the 2nd on a 97 yard drive completing 100% of his passes, I’ll take that.

          • Danny W

            He missed Jamal Charles on a hand off for heavens sakes, ran it in himself thankfully but how the hell do you miss a hand off. Don’t’ even get me started on not throwing to the full back on that fourth down play. We won the game I’m not going there.

          • Davé

            I think that was a designed play, JC certainly looked like he was running straight into a block. Why he held the ball out there dangling was a mental error I believe.

          • berttheclock

            There is another thread up which states it was a designed play. Alex Smith says they have run it in practice.

        • BWrangler

          I’ll never say that Smith is an elite qb. When he was traded to us, I acknowledged that he was going to be a game manager (read: average) qb that will limit mistakes and give the team a chance to win. He has delivered. Do I think KC needs to draft a qb of the future? Absolutely. But Smith is winning right now and making the plays he needs to make. Win by one, win by a hundred, no difference in the win column.

          • Davé

            It matters when the games get harder (playoffs) his play right now is much worse than it was in San Fran the last two years. Don’t get me wrong he is no Matt Cassel, but right now he isn’t Alex Smith either. He needs to step it up

          • BWrangler

            Well, I’m not here to carry his water by any means. He needs to play better, the O-line needs to play better and Bowe needs to get open more.

          • KCMikeG

            Agreed. I expect more out of AS11 too but as you said the OL needs to step it up, which I saw promise of today against a really good defense. That 97 yard, over 7 minute TD drive was a work of art and turned the tide. There is no excuse for him totally missing McGrath in the end zone. The receiving corp needs to step it up too.

            I hate to say it because i like him, supported his contract and have been impressed with his willingness to block w/o getting the looks but I think there is something up with Bowe. He looks slower, his routes are rounded, he just looks like he’s not going 100%. He ran out of bounds instead of going down in bounds when we were trying to eat up the clock in the 4th quarter. He let the CB make the move inside him instead of using his size to shield him on a slant that was almost picked off. He let up on a block and let Charles get tackled and WTH on the one he caught on the 2nd drive when was so wide open. He bobbled the catch, didn’t turn to run, just stumbled backwards until he fell down and then he didn’t even get up, just rolled over until a defender finally showed up. I’m thrilled they got him more involved today but I hope he steps it up and isn’t being effected by the big pay day.

          • berttheclock

            He had a far better offensive line in SF. He had a TE he had played with for several years. In fact, he had two TEs he had worked with. Alex Smith has come in to a new organization with new players. Throwing to them in training camp is one thing. Throwing to them in live games is another. He has and will continue to improve. Stay the freakin’ course.

          • superman_25_58

            We have a future Qb soaking up knowledge right now in Bray! This kid has Flacco’s arm with good accuracy. The only thing this kid lacks right now is maturity and decision making, this is what he is trying to develop from sitting behind AS11 and Daniels. Much like Dorsey did with AR in GB.

      • sidibeke

        I’m with you, but I wish he could do that a little more often, and not JUST when we really need a score. It would save some angst if not make for slightly less thrilling games.

    • Jarad

      The fact that you immediately come out defending Alex Smith says everything. Hes been a game manager for a team led by a dominating defense and Jamaal Charles. Yes, Alex is a mmajor upgrade from last year, but DAMN!! Theyre deficiency is on offense, and ALEX SMITH runs the offense

  • Jim Harper

    I was worried about this game from the beginning. Keenum was a prolific passer in college and this being his first start in the NFL there was not much tape on him making him very dangerous. That very nearly cost us, but our defense totally came up big when they had to. The interception that Alex threw was not his fault. The target was McCluster and for some strange reason he stopped running his pattern. Alex redeemed himself with his legs yet again. Jamaal was keyed on all game, but as he always does, he still manages to go over 100 yards in totality. The few deep balls that Keenum managed to complete I think were a direct result of our not knowing how big of an arm this kid has. I would be surprised if his performance does not elevate him to the starting job permanently. The difference here is the Chief’s defense. There are not enough words to describe how good this unit is and continue to improve every week. Denver beware! These Chiefs are for real!

    • berttheclock

      Keenum did what I expected him to do. All I knew about him is what I read from several scouting reports. His father taught him pocket presence and the word was he makes quick decisions. The only thing I did not know about him I learned today. I knew his size was against him and several reports said he was not a typical strong running spread QB. But, today, I learned another knock against him was he pulled a hamstring which slowed him for the combines. Several reports said he didn’t have the strongest arm, but, today, he put zip on the ball and the ball came out very quickly. One other college plus for him is he, once, came off the bench and threw 4 TDs. I liked the shot of Avery going up to him after the game and meeting with him. Against East Carolina, they once hooked up for a 64 yard bomb. Had not Graham dropped that wide open pass, the end result today might have been very different. This was very much a pick and shovel game where few mistakes are allowed. That said, Huge Win.

  • Travis Forsyth

    ALRIGHT!! GOOD TEAM WIN!!! and y’all can say what you want about our offense, but I think they played just fine considering the fact that they were up against the NFL’s #1 defense….GO CHIEFS!! 7-0!!! BEAT THE DONKEYS COLTS!!

  • Jarad

    Ive been a big doubter on the offense. They just haven’t impressed. BUT , against the very good Houston defense, they moved the ball. I was in disagreement when they didn’t run on 4th and goal, but it is what it is. Awesome win and awesome season so far!!! Its a Jamaal Charles run offense, but hopefully Alex Smith will step it up and stop leaving these games on the shoulders of the defense.

  • berttheclock

    Hocheley (SP incorrect?) review crew really needs some new glasses. On the play by Fasano near the goal line, that ball crossed the white line before his arm and/or shoulder came down. His crews have blown calls in the past, including, an infamous one by himself.

    • Jim Harper

      You are exactly right. How they could have not given him the TD was ridiculous. Also you are exactly right in your comment above that this game was HUGE.

  • berttheclock

    There is one stat which goes down in stone at NFL HQ in NYC. Yes, young Keenum had the far better passing rating. He threw for more yards. He threw for a TD. However, there is that pesky one stat I mentioned. Alex Smith was the winning QB. Keenum was the losing QB.

    • Danny W

      Keenum looked pretty good. That kid is going to develop into something special.

      • tm1946

        Before we anoint him, let’s see how he does next week. Chiefs regularily make nobodies look like all pros. Just saying one game does not a career make.

        • Danny W

          Kid threw for 11 miles in college. Not exaggerating his total yards in Houston totaled over 11 miles. He’s going to be a good quarterback because of what I saw in college.

  • Justin R Groth

    well apparently we like to honor our past by only beating teams from texas by 1

    • sidibeke

      Mighty neighborly of us, isn’t it.

  • BigGil

    The offensive line may have had their best game yet. Against a D featuring Watt and Cushing no less. Nice to see. Build on it, move forward.

    • Danny W

      The line did really well today. They got a couple of sacks and Watt is going to get his but the run blocking was there and Smith had time. #encouraging.

  • berttheclock

    The Texans were picked by many to go to the SB this season. They have legitimate weapons. Had not Schaub began suffering from a flame out, their record would qualify them for that Remember his lack of concentration led to INTs in 4 straight games. This was not some putz team the Chiefs were able to just squeak by.

  • John M Dowd

    I think the offense… especially the line… made some real progress today. They have looked horrible the previous two games but played well against a very good defense that was highly motivated. Hopefully with Fasano back they can start making some serious improvements.

    • BWrangler

      Watch out, don’t give a compliment to Fasano or Smith.

    • chris

      Well put, the texans were #1 in allowed ypg heading into this game ascends chiefs chiefs moved the ball pretty well against them… we only win but 1 but had several missed opportunities that would’ve broke the game open, and we won wo the tos were used to and no tds on defense out special teams

    • Danny W

      Yeah I think Fasano helped out. The line did play better today against a stud defense.. 7-0 baby yeah!!!!

  • Chris Tarrants

    If the oline continues to build off of today then hopefully we see more explosive plays from the offense as a whole. The texans still have a top 5 defense, so winning this game should be a huge confidence booster for the entire team. Fingers crossed that Andrew Luck will do his part in making us the best team in the NFL! The only undefeated team sitting at #1 in the standings has a nice ring to it

    • Danny W

      Good post I thought the o line handled JJ Watt extremely well considering he’s a boss in all.

      • KCMikeG

        I think Fasano made a big difference today. He dropped one early but he was inches short of our first TD and was cheated out of the one Reid challenged. The OL is starting to gel and having a starting TE with the Beard at #2 will help this offense get rolling.

        • Danny W

          Yep. Fasano helped out. Hopefully he can stay healthy because tight ends are needed in a big way in this system and for Alex Smith. He loves him some tight ends.

      • KCMikeG

        Charles played a great role in protection too. This is an area of his game he has quietly improved. Hell he put out Cushing and Watt both!!

        • Danny W

          People used to rave about Marcus Allen’s ability to block by Charles gets no love from broadcasters. He’s a boss when it comes to blocking. Guy is fearless for a small guy for NFL standards.

  • BigGil

    Beating a Texas team 17-16 with the turning point play being a sack strip… Hmm… sounds familiar…

    • berttheclock

      BTW, how did you like the call by Sutton to have both Houston and Hali rush as a tandem? It was as though some train dispatcher made an emergency call “Watch out, we have a runaway train. Oh, my, oh my, we have TWO runaways trains”

      • Danny W

        It was like the idiots who do running with the bulls and get thrown up in the air. There’s no stopping the bull. You can climb the fence but he’s still going to get you. If he doesn’t the other will.

  • berttheclock

    Sack strip to win a game. Ah, the days of yore and Derrick Thomas.

    • sidibeke

      Inches away from covering the spread. Ah, why I don’t bet.

  • chris

    I didn’t like that we didn’t blitz when we gave the ball to them on the 1

    • chris

      However I also thought that we played an overall efficient game

    • KCMikeG

      Sutton seemed to be stubborn only rushing 4 for most of the first half. He adjusted and blitzed more in the 2nd half which sealed the deal.

  • Davé

    Live game thread for key division games would be awesome too. Like tonight, I am sure a lot of use are watching these Colts giving Peyton and co some trouble.

    • Danny W

      Colts winning right now baby!!!

  • tm1946

    Special kudos to Alex Smith running for a TD, that is correct, the most hated guy on the roster tries to hand off the ball to NOBODY, stood there for what seemed an eternity, then sort of loped into the endzone. hahahaha, take that micah.

  • freshmeat62

    Best win of the year so far. Chiefs offense did well against a defense almost as good as there own. Keenum looks like a keeper. I was impressed w/ his poise, his arm, his over all play. I still think Fasano had a TD. Officials almost ruined the game.

  • Andy

    I thought we should have kicked a field goal on the 4th and goal, to give us a 4 point lead. Also should not have attempted a pass on third down with 2 min to go. We left Houston with 1:57 to try a drive for a field goal. A big play and we could have lost. Houston played like a wounded animal.