Nov 3, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith (27) intercepts the ball and runs it back for a touchdown during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Chiefs beat the Bills 23 to 13. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Roll to 9-0 on the Back of the Defense


Sometimes being lucky is better than being good. That could be applied to the Kansas City Chiefs today as they tied a franchise best record with a perfect 9-0. But, today’s game was anything but perfect.

On the day, the Chiefs offense only managed to total 210 yards and only accounted for three field goals worth of scoring. The “O” was unable to find the end zone on drive after drive, being forced to settle for Ryan Succop field goals of 27, 39 and 41 yards. Coming into the game against the Bills, the Chiefs defense lead the league in sacks. However, they were unable to get to the Bills quarterback one time during the game.

The big play of the first half didn’t belong to the Chiefs, but rather was against the Chiefs as they watched undrafted rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel hit Mark Goodson for a 59 yard strike for the touchdown.

However, the defense still won the game.

After going into halftime losing for the only the second time all season, the Chiefs kicked off to the Bills and then allowed them to drive the entire length of the field and were three yards from scoring another touchdown. It appeared the Bills were about to go up by two touchdowns when cornerback Sean Smith stepped in front of a Tuel pass and returned it 101 yards to the house, putting the score back to an even keel and giving the Chiefs renewed life.

The defense stopped the Bills on the ensuing drive and the Chiefs offense moved into field goal position, taking their first lead of the game.

The Bills would tie the game back up at 13 on a Dan Carpenter later in the third quarter, but that would be as close as they would get for the rest of the game.

In the fourth quarter, Marcus Cooper stripped the ball from T.J. Graham on the Bills 11 yard line and Tamba Hali picked up the ball and walked it in to the end zone for his second touchdown of the year. A late Succop field goal ended the Bills’ hope of upsetting the still undefeated Chiefs.

The Chiefs offense was completely off on the day. Smith had a couple of opportunities at big plays but wasn’t able to connect with his receivers. Running back Jamaal Charles had a couple of opportunities to break off big runs but just couldn’t find that next gear. There were at least 11 points left on the field and while Alex Smith haters would love to blame them on the quarterback, they belonged to Dwayne Bowe and Dexter McCluster drops.

At the end of the day, the win goes down as just that, and the Chiefs tied their all time best start with the 2003 team. But, the bye comes at the perfect time. This team is tired and beat down and needs a break before heading to Denver to face the Broncos on Sunday Night Football in two weeks.

 

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  • DTVTechGuy

    Well said, I thought the Chiefs/Broncos Sunday nighter was the game at Arrowhead

  • DTVTechGuy

    I stand corrected. Sunday night it is… I hope everyone keeps calling the Chiefs overrated and under estimates them… We roll over the Broncos is two weeks and the division is ours!! Go Chiefs!

  • BurtGummer44

    Sometimes it is better to be Lucky than Good; Here’s to the Offense getting things together over the Bye!

    • Jason Seibel

      We can definitely agree on that.

  • Curtis

    Where the heck has our pass rush gone? Only one sack in the last 2 weeks? Glad we’re going into a bye. Need to sharpen up.

    • Jason Seibel

      I agree. Pretty weak indeed. Maybe they’re saving it all up for Manning and the Broncos! One can only hope.

      • Danny W

        I find it hilarious people actually think players and coaches are saving some game for a divisional opponent in week ten. I mean you are joking right?

        • Stan

          Don’t ever ever under estimate Coach Reid and what his future offensive plans will be. Just watch.

          • Danny W

            Okay Stan you got me. What do you think he’s saving for week 10 that we haven’t’ seen? Deep passes? Reverses? What?

        • Jason Seibel

          Yes. I was joking. I forgot to turn on my “sarcasm” font. Sorry.

    • Jason Seibel

      I agree. Pretty weak indeed. Maybe they’re saving it all up for Manning and the Broncos! One can only hope.

    • chris

      I think theyre saving it for thebroncos a bit but the past 3 weeks has been against first time qbs for the ywar and you know that the entire week of practice the coaches of each team stressed more than anything to get rid of the ball fast and they have been… and the ‘backup’ qbs the chiefs have faced recently are looking damn good, hell keenum is playing the colts defense a whole lot better than peyton did a few weeks ago, the browns beat baltimore today and well see how tuel does later, he looked pretty good today

      • Calchiefsfan

        In order for it to average out properly we will need 14 sacks against the Donks to keep our 5 per game average. I can live with that!

  • Stan

    Yeah the hater will start saying sh-t about Alex. But you know what Brees threw for 381 yards and lost and Rivers threw for 341 yards and lost. I’ll take Alex any day. He’s now 28-5-1 since 2011. Go Chiefs.

    • sidibeke

      If one criticizes AS, does that automatically make them a hater?

      KC is going to need more from him.

      • micah stephenson

        Exactly!!! We all know Brees and Rivers are better. Tom Brady lost too. Does that make him a worse QB than Alex? After 9 weeks of Alex you got to realize he ain’t franchise QB material.

        • Chris Tarrants

          I hope we resign him with a ten year contract! Oh wait never mind that must be my meds kicking in again

        • steve james

          I would disagree as no qb since 2003 has done what he has.

        • chris

          Brady didnt lose today

        • Stan

          No he’s not. He’s just 9 and 0. Also Big Ben threw for 400 yards today and lost. So yards don’t mean much when you lose. Only the “W” counts.

      • Stan

        How much more do you want? We’re 9 and 0!!

        • sidibeke

          I’d like more than 120 yards passing. Does that seem unreasonable? But it’s not just him, it’s the whole O and the O line. Point being, I think one can be critical without being a hater. I like AS. Love what he brings. AND I think we can ask more of him.

          • Danny W

            Thems hatin words there sonny!!

          • stevekozak

            I think we all would, and, I believe, we will get it. Alex brings leadership, and Alex can get it done when he needs to. I think if Andy Reid stays supportive, you will see really good things from AS in the Denver games. I have watched him since his first games in SF, and I watched how he responded under Jim Harbaugh (until Jim got greedy and put Kaep in, costing, in my opinion, the 9ers a Superbowl) and Alex is at his best when his own leader is saying, “hey Buddy, we believe in you, go out there and do your thing.” As has been mentioned, look at the 9er -Saints game a couple of years ago. He did his thing so well the Saints put a bounty on him the next year!! :) I say Rock on Alex Smith, and Go Chiefs!!

        • chris

          We could be like the Broncos and do it with style (and be in second place) then again id rather win ugly and be in 1st

      • toperspective

        Yes, criticize AS on this site at your own risk. The offense scored a whole 9 points and is completely inept – what possibly could there be to criticize?

    • Chris Tarrants

      While I sort of agree, kicking field goals isn’t going to cut it from here on out. We are going to have to be solid and cohesive on all three phases if we are going to hang with the big dogs

    • Calchiefsfan

      It’s not just AS. Dropped balls by McCluster and Bowe on key plays cost us possibly 2 touchdowns. The o line continues to struggle, this week it was Allen and Hudson with missed blocks and holding calls.. It seems like Charles is the only one on offense performing at a high level consistently. The D outscored the offense this week!

      • chris

        I believe the pass down field to bowe that he caught one handed out of bounce was pa, the defender had his arm hence why he had to make the one handed catch, bowe def would’ve had that 1st down when he dropped the ball though.. and I agree that mxcluster shouldve had a td before half… the chiefs really tried to get bowe involved more now they just need to play more balanced on offense… 24 out of 31 plays were pass attempts… if they wouldve fed Charles the ball early and often he couldve easily had double what he ended up with (96 yards)

        • Calchiefsfan

          Agree on all points Chris. I think Reid is starting to get a little worried about wearing Charles out. He’s gonna need him down the stretch and in the playoffs.

          This offense is driving me nuts. Glad to see Bowe getting more involved. I still can’t believe we won that game. Buffalo always gives us fits, even with a practice squad QB!

          • chris

            I noticed that but we need to get davis and gray involved to spell Charles not just abandon the run altogether; but with Charles limited use today and the bye next week with a late game when we come back I think charles will be more than ready to punish the donkeys… this just in, keenum is torching the colts, a feat that almighty peyton could not do

          • Calchiefsfan

            I’m watching the Colts/Texans game right now. Keenum is tearing them up!

            Charles will be ready and Denver’s D isn’t nearly as tough as the Bills, even with Miller back.

          • chris

            The chiefs have faced better defenses than _enver has the past 5 weeks… 6 weeks ago it was the giants d and thats the closest comparison to the broncos defense that the chiefs have faced in a long time

        • Stan

          What we’re missing is “YAC”. Yards after catch. When the niners had Rice and Taylor they had tons of “YAC’S”. So far we don’t but we will. Be a believer!! Alex will come through. Remember he’s 28-5-1 since 2011 and that’s better than Manning, Brees, Rodgers or Brady. Bottom line is WIN!!!

          • chris

            I do, each of the last 3 or 4 weeks the chiefs have just barely missed on MONSTER gains.. when we can tighten up just a little, I think they will, we are going to be that much better… ha a 9-0 team being ‘that much better’ scary thought for the rest of the nfl, makes me extremely happy

    • Danny W

      Stan did you watch the game? Who would you give the game ball to the defense or the offense? Could you really say that you wouldn’t want Drew Brees or Rivers matched with our defense on the same team. Alex didn’t that bad today but comparing Smith to Brees and Rivers isn’t accurate. They’re defenses aren’t half as good as ours is. With out our defense today we lose the game remember? Two touchdowns from the defense. 0 from the offense.

      • Stan

        Brees and Rivers lost today even though the threw for over 340 yards, so did Big Ben who threw for 400 yards and lost. And in 2011 Smith beat Brees and Big Ben in 2012 and he beat Rodgers too. So he can beat the “elites”. You haters are saying the same thing the 9er haters said.

        • Danny W

          That’s not my question. Did we score because of Smith today Stan? Last I checked Smith had 124 yards and our DEFENSE won the game Sir. The defense scored two touchdowns today. Smith scored 0. If we didn’t have our defense we don’t win the game. Those other teams don’t have the number one ranked scoring defense in the league! What’s so hard to understand about that?

          • Stan

            Yeah you’re right. Let’s bench Alex and start who ever. I’m sure they’ll win 9 straight since our offense and especially Alex really suck.

          • Danny W

            The offense as a whole does suck Stan. They don’t turn it over is the best thing you can say about them. What else did they do? Score some field goals? Whoopty shit. Our defense won the game. Alex is the best for now, I guess but why not want more? If you read my top comment I said I thought he improved from sucking to average essentially. I don’t want a long term deal for the guy for 60 million dollars or anything but hey improvement is improvement. Plenty of dirt balls and over throws but hey he didn’t miss anything right in front of his face.

  • sidibeke

    Love to win the West, but worth noting that KC is 4 up in the loss column for the #1 wild card. A nice position to be in just after the midway point.

  • Jim bernard

    I can hear it already– Seahawks win tuff gritty battle— chiefs get lucky and survive another week

    • stevekozak

      Isn’t that the truth! All we can hear about is that the Chiefs need to “win better”. Wow!

    • KCMikeG

      Testify brother – keep speaking the truth!!!!!! How about the seachikens barely beating the WINLESS Bucs with their back up rookie QB after struggling to win on the last play last week vs the back up QB on the lambs. Can you imagine what they would be saying if we had struggled vs the Jags?

    • Jim Harper

      I like it. I want teams thinking we’ve just been lucky and nothing to worry about.

    • Young_september

      Preach!

  • micah stephenson

    Bowe and mcluster did drop passes today. What wrs don’t drop passes? We put blame is due. Bowe and mcluster dropped a few passes. It happens on every team every week. Why you didn’t point out out the bad/missed throws before that???Those 3 passes don’t excuse Alex of 9 games of suck!!! Alex has hit his ceiling and is getting worse. When Cassel played like this he was the worst eva, when Alex plays worst, its everybody elses fualt on offense but Alexs.

    • stevekozak

      Do you get up every morning and take your hate AS pills, or do you just hate winning, or what? Alex threw 3 horrible passes today. His receivers dropped several good passes, that would have put sure points on the board. Overall, the offense did not do great today. Alex is the best QB this organization has had in many years. Your team is 9-0. I think if the Chiefs got to the SB this year without losing a game, and lost, you would say, “see, I told you that guy sucks.” Give it a rest!

      • Stan

        Well at least 2 of us think alike. Go Chiefs, Go Alex!!!

      • Danny W

        Would you say Alex Smith is better or worse than Trent Green? Curious.

        • chris

          If the chiefs had green (in 03′) the chiefs would not be doubted by any one, but if AS had greens line from 03′ there may not be any either

          • Danny W

            That’s fair to say. I think Smith’s line in San Fran wasn’t quite as good but it was up there. I have to give the nod to Green though.

          • chris

            I think the chiefs o line will get better, maybe not by much this season but I think next year will be… if we dont get albert back then I vote we get a true rt and put fischer in his natural position

          • Danny W

            Fisher will have to Boss out these last games for that. I’m thinking Stephenson at right tackle and maybe Fisher can replace Allen at this point. Draft a LT with the first pick and see where it goes. I don’t know if we get Albert’s deal done.

          • chris

            I think he could play lt much better than he’s played rt… he’s got plenty of potential and I think her have fine over there. .. maybe wishful thinking but thats what I think

        • sidibeke

          Tough call. Green obviously stronger arm, but Green had the luxury of a phenomenal o line. Trent was very pedestrian when pressured, and AS has been pressured all year. I think AS is the better fit for this team right now, Green the better true pocket passer.

      • micah stephenson

        It ain’t about hating on alex. Its about winning superbowls. And that ain’t happening with Alex Smith.

    • jacati

      Ummm, how many turnovers did Cassel have at this point last year? So Alex is same as Cassel? I Don’t remember Cassel being 9-0 with pretty much the same defense. Don’t get down though, eventually our team will get it’s loss and then you can have your day. Alex may not be the Qb you were hoping for but he was by far the best available at the time we needed one. I think we could have done much worse.

      • micah stephenson

        Cassel also had romeo and not Andy. This defense is playing waaaay better than last yrs d.

        • chris

          Last years d was constantly put in terrible spots by the offense, many bc our qbs last year turned the ball over about 4 times a game… and due to our offense being terrible last year the opposing offense could do whatever they wanted as far as play calling goes bc they were fearless and could take risks this year they have to be conservative to a point bc these chiefs will make them pay for mistakes unlike last year… idt the chiefs were terrinle last year they just didnt win, tos were the difference. AS has proved that. By not turning it over he gives this team the edge.

        • jacati

          Agreed. But do you think the reason the defense is playing waaaay better this year might be due to the fact that the offense isn’t turning the ball over and are actually moving the chains from time to time. If the offense can create some drives the defense stays nice and fresh. That’s kind of my take on it. Our offense may not be pretty, In fact it’s down right atrocious from time to time, but I’m hoping as time goes on that they just keep getting better. They have been so far.

          • micah stephenson

            No they are not getting better. Every week they getting worse. Alex is already on the decline.

    • Stan

      Never said it was any body’s fault It’s a TEAM game. All 11players on offense have to play as one. Defense, special teams and offense with good coaching win games. Not just one person.

  • Chris Tarrants

    Alex Smith has been horrible the last few weeks, the receivers have been atrocious and Charles has not been his true self either. A large chunk of blame has to be placed on the oline! These guys have got to step up and play like they are first rounders on the corners. I also think that Reid has several trump cards in his play book that have not been played and saved for Denver. Hopefully everybody spends time relaxing and nursing their injuries before uncorking their rath upon the donkeys

  • Davé

    The only differences between Alex and Cassel are the ability to avoid turnovers and Alex is a better runner. As far as accuracy I see the same person, as far as ability to air it out I see no difference. Call me a hater or whatever but the truth is Alex Smith has been one of the worst persons on the field in everyone of these games. The team is capable of beating good teams with pretty bad QB play ( Dallas, Cleveland, Tennessee) but I honestly have no hope we could beat the great teams (Seattle, San Fran, Denver).

  • Danny W

    Yeah Chiefs are 9-0!! Thank goodness the Bills were playing with a fifth string quarterback because it was up to our defense to win again. Our offense did what they normally do and thats just enough. Alex Smith didn’t look all that bad though today. He hit his receivers barring one wide open Anthony Fasono. The rest were catchable passes. I personally thought Smith looked improved from previous weeks. I don’t want to sign him to a long term deal or anything but he managed the game well. I’d rather have a better quarterback but at least Smith didn’t miss wide open guys right in front of him or lose the fumble.

    • Stan

      Well good luck in finding another QB that has the best record of any other QB in the league at 28-5-1. Maybe The other Smith for the NYJets would be 9 an 0 also since Alex is so bad.

      • Danny W

        How good was Smith’s defense in San Fran? Super Bowl caliber if I remember properly. I would say the same for ours. The NY Jets don’t have the best defense in the league. Your being stubborn for not acknowledging the defense at all and just mentioning that Alex Smith’s team wins games. It’s true they do. But the defense is an entire phase of the game as well.

    • sidibeke

      But I kind of feel like we do that to whichever QB is playing. I am curious to see what Sutton dials up for Manning, Rivers, Luck, RGIII, and Pryor part II.

      • Danny W

        I think you have to get more blitzes in on them. Even so Manning is excellent at reading blitzes and will burn you all day long if he catches you. It’s tough to out smart the guy. I can’t wait.

        • sidibeke

          This is where having Smith and Cooper is HUGE. They’re going to need to play physical and tight so Manning can’t get off quick passes. I leave Flowers out because I was thinking of players added in offseason. Can we cut Dunta and give Cooper his money?

          • jacati

            Speaking of Cooper, Man did that dude go into beast mode or what? He completely shut down everything that was thrown his way. The only reason they got that 59 yd td was because he thought he had safety help over the top. Crazy fun to watch. Got me some mad love for Cooper…

          • sidibeke

            No doubt. What a crazy good waiver pick up.

    • chris

      AS is not below average tho…there are more glaring needs on this team

  • chris

    The chiefs sos will get better after today (especially if Houston holds on… only one of the chiefs previous opponents lost today and that was to another team that the chiefs beat

    • Calchiefsfan

      Just messing around here but if these teams that got beat by the best team in the NFL, (Chiefs), had played another lesser team and won, their respective records would be: Browns 5-4; Titans 5-3; Raiders 4-4; Cowboys 6-3; Eagles 5-4 and if Houston holds on tonight they would have been 4-4. So 6 of 9 opponents at 500 or better. So much for the easy schedule. Just sayin.

      • chris

        Not to mention, how many of those losses came to one of the other teams that played us? And 6 of those losses were to the broncos and I dont think they should count either lol… one more observation of mine: 2 weeks ago the chiefs were being doubted bc they barely BEAT the texans, the broncos on the other hand lost to the colts and now the texans are beating the colts 21-3 at half

        • Calchiefsfan

          While some the “experts” were putting the Colts ahead of the Chiefs in the power rankings. Game isn’t over yet but the Colts look vulnerable.

          Starting to believe a Chiefs, Niners Super Bowl is a possibility. Who would have thought that even a month ago.

          • chris

            Well the colts pulled it off; however, the chiefshave been down at any point in the season by more than 7 and the colts were down 18 at half

          • chris

            Furthermore the almighty broncos were losing to washington by 14 last week

          • sidibeke

            And SD lost at Wash. Good times.

          • sidibeke

            That would be fun.

        • sidibeke

          I agree, and look what those scrub QBs we’ve played did (Campbell gets win over Ravens with 116 QBR and Keenum narrowly looses to Indy with 123 QBR). Whatever. We who have watched them know.

          • chris

            Shhh thats not true, you could make people that make blind assumtions about how the chiefs are terrible bc they barely beat backup qbs, thus hurting their feeling… you should be ashamed

          • sidibeke

            I am ashamed. Very ashamed.

  • T.Hagen

    Micha, come on dude get off Alex Smiths ass, there were dropped passes and yea yea we sucking on offense but he did good barring the drops and the dexter mc cluster drop but we never got that far behind to really air it out. Alex will prove you wrong

    • chris

      AS can be in shoot outs if anyone thinks otherqise I would refer you to the 9ers-saints divisional game in the 2011/2012 playoffs, he is not being consistantly asked to do much but that doesnt mean he doesnt have the capability… his throws downfield today looked a lot better than the past few games I think he may be close to finding his rhythm

  • T.Hagen

    Support are quarter back

  • T.Hagen

    Offinsive line needs work.

  • T.Hagen

    Thank you God for our defense.

  • Young_september

    We have a spectaular team! Offense, Defense, ST, were good on all aspects of the game. Your team has to be awesome to drop 2 cake walk touchdowns and still win the game. We run the turnover category, we score than we give up, succop is automatic, Dustin “Pinback” Colquitt will make you start on your own 1 everytime, great coaching and play calls, and the best Fans in the world are all, factors that win Games. Were a dominant team. Did I mention we win on the road!? To quote Jay-z “Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t lie.” And were 9-0. I hope we keep winning games the same way all the to SB. #Believe #CHIEFSKINGDOM.