Well, that felt good.
The Kansas City Chiefs thumped the Washington Redskins 45-10 this afternoon, thanks in large part to excellent special teams play. The Chiefs were looking to bounce back from their recent 3-game losing streak, and bounce back they did.
This is what the Chiefs look like when they play well in all three phases of the game, and boy does it look good. This was the definition of a complete “team victory.”
Three Things We Learned:
This unit looks dangerous right now; simply dangerous. The Chiefs gained 297 return yards and 2 TDs. Special teams has scored 3 return touchdowns in the last two games, but what may be most impressive is that they’ve done so with 3 different returners. Dexter McCluster had a dominant game today in Washington with 7 punt returns for 177 yards, including a 74-yard return for a touchdown.
2. The Defense Isn’t Gone
The defense played great today, and thank God. I think we were all holding our breath, hoping that the great defensive play we saw through the first 9 games of the season wasn’t just some kind of mirage. Today told me that it wasn’t. It managed to make Robert Griffin III look pedestrian and played great against the run, allowing only 65 net yards rushing. It also padded its stats yet again, recording 6 sacks, 1 INT and 1 FF. That’s the defense we’ve been looking for the last 3 weeks. Frank Zombo filled in admirably for the absent Justin Houston, contributing a sack. Tyson Jackson also had a great game today. The man is just plain strong. Two sacks, and stout play against the run today for Tyson.
3. The O-Line is Deep
I have to say, the line looked great today without the typical starting 5. I know Branden Albert is a good player, but it’s still nice to know that Donald Stephenson and Geoff Schwartz are more than capable. This might be the deepest position group on the team.
That truly was a fantastic game by the Chiefs today. What stood out to you, Addicts?