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Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) catches a pass and runs for yardage during the first half of the game against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

A Summers View: Month Two and Still Undefeated


The last time I wrote my monthly column, the Chiefs sat at 3-0, waiting to welcome the New York Giants to Arrowhead.  A month later, the Chiefs remain the only undefeated team left in the NFL (thanks Indy!) and are at first place in the AFC West.  It’s been an incredible month that saw the end of the Raiders’ dominance in Arrowhead and a noise record return to its rightful owners.  Home field advantage has returned and the aura of Arrowhead is back.  With the defense off to an incredible start, we patiently wait to see the offense erupt.  But man oh man does 7-0 feel good, let’s enjoy it Chiefs fans.  After last year, we deserve it.  It’s time for my Three and Out, my key aspects from the past month.

Three & Out

First Down: Jamaal Charles

We all have come to appreciate what Jamaal Charles brings to the Chiefs offense, but this season Charles is making a case for MVP.  Sure, Peyton Manning will probably get yet another one, but Charles has been the majority of the offense, both rushing and receiving.  I think we all thought Coach Reid would utilize him more in the receiving game, and he has.  Currently Charles is second on the team with 337 receiving yards, averaging 48 yards per game.  He currently sits at 561 yards rushing, 3rd place in the NFL, averaging 80.1 yards rushing per contest.  Through 7 games, Charles has 898 yards from scrimmage for an average of 128.3 yards per game, second behind LeSean McCoy (136 ypg).  As Charles goes, so does the offense.  Reid and Offensive Coordinator Doug Pederson have utilized the ultra-talented back as the feature of their offense.  They have also done something that previous coaches had not, used Charles as a threat around the goal line.  Charles is already 1 touchdown away from tying his career high of 7, and the season isn’t half over yet.  Charles won’t win the Offensive MVP award, but he should get consideration.  I know he would definitely get my vote.

Second Down: Marcus Cooper

The legend that is Marcus Cooper.  What a month can do for someone.  Before the Giants game, he was little known, but now, he is a Kansas City folk hero.  One of the great waiver acquisitions General Manager John Dorsey made at the end of the preseason, the former 7th round corner from Rutgers went from cut by the 49ers to starting in place of Brandon Flowers against the Giants.  Holding his own against the great receiving core of the Giants, the legend began.  Then came the Tennessee Titans, as Cooper scored the first points of the game, recovering a touched punt for a TD, then intercepting Ryan Fitzpatrick late in the 4th to help close the game.  Cooper helped beat the Raiders, once again grabbing a key interception late thus helping shut the door on the Raiders.  The versatility Cooper brings allows Bob Sutton to use his cornerbacks in different ways.  He can matchup with bigger receivers, allowing the smaller Flowers to cover the slot receiver if needed, a matchup that worked very well at times in Tennessee.  And hopefully the legend of Marcus Cooper can continue…

Third Down: Bob Sutton

Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton has finally put together the Chiefs defense many thought it could be.  The man has looked like a genius through the first 7 games as the Chiefs sit first in the NFL in points allowed (11.6).  The team also sits first with 35 sacks, 10 ahead of second place (Baltimore) and tied for 3rd with 10 interceptions.  The Chiefs have three players in the top 15 in sacks, Justin Houstin (2nd with 10) Tambi Hali (4th with 9) and Dontari Poe (15th with 4.5).  Do everything linebacker Derrick Johnson leads the team with 49 tackles and has added 3.5 sacks as well.  Safety Quintin Demps leads the team with 3 interceptions.  Sutton’s unit has thrived on a team effort, where everyone gets in on the action.  While one week Justin Houston may dominate the sack category, the following week Sutton will roll focus to another side to allow Tamba Hali to take advantage.  His pressure has allowed Demps and the secondary to find the ball and pick up key interceptions.  The defense has carried the team, turning itself into one of the more respected units in the NFL.  With a dominate defense and Arrowhead back to where it once was, it seems all is well in Chiefs nation, here’s to the Chiefs continuing the winning ways Addicts!

 

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  • berttheclock

    One very important point not mentioned about the play of Cooper. He seemed to be beaten against the Texans, then, just as the receiver caught the ball in the end zone, he reached around and swatted the ball loose. That reminded me of watching several plays Talib of the Pats had made against Jimmy Graham. Graham would catch the ball only to have Talib knock it asunder. True shut down plays. The Chiefs are getting a young shut down corner at a bargain basement price and one who does not have the baggage upon his back.

    • steve james

      Yep 7th round with a big chip on his shoulder. Sign that man for years Dorsey!

  • ……ChiefsFan……

    We can ad Jason laCanfora(spelling?) to the list of “experts” dogging on the Chiefs. He says, if they win this weekend, they will be in the playoffs. He then goes on to say this team cannot beat a playoff team. He says the offense is too one dimensional. I can’t really argue with this point.

    He then goes on to say the defense is too one dimensional……WHAT!!!
    This tells me he hasn’t watched a single game the Chiefs have played, and if he did it was the Eagles game. He thinks teams can just run all over this D? He clearly hasn’t been paying attention.

    I guess the only qualification for the job is that you watch prime time games. I used to think he knew what he was talking about, but he lost me today.

    Rant over.

    • berttheclock

      The trouble with just glancing at stats, which LaCanfora has done, is not really understanding the overall picture of those stats. You are correct about the Eagles game as they rushed for 274 yards. That is why the Chiefs are not rated 5th ahead of the Seahawks. In the other six games by the Chiefs, their defensive against rushes was 84 yards per game. The Seahawks for 7 is 91 yards per game. The 274 by the Eagles really skewed the overall average. So, LaCanfora is trying to hang his “one dimensional” hat on one game?

      Those eastern “pundits” will try anything to dis the Chiefs.

      • ……ChiefsFan……

        Thank you Bert, I wasn’t sure what the numbers were. I have watched every game however, and guessed he was just looking at stats. Anyone who actually watches this D play knows they are stellar against the run, with a minor hiccup every now and then.

  • toperspective

    Good write-up. Let’s hope Charles can stay healthy. He comprises 39% of the offense and he leads the league in touches.