The Kansas City Chiefs will sit atop the AFC West for the second straight week as they defeated the Cleveland Browns 16-14 on the road.
In a not so pretty game, the young Kansas City Chiefs showed they are learning how to in with contributions from their defense and a few key veterans.
After losing to the Browns 43 to 34 last season, the Chiefs showed significant progress on defense, particularly against the run. The last time these two teams met, Cleveland’s Jerome Harrison gashed the Chiefs defense t the tune of 286 yards.
Today was a different story as the Chiefs defense clamped down on the Browns running game, holding them to 73 yards on 26 carries for a paltry 2.8 yards per carry average.
Defense was again the strength for the Chiefs. Third year CB Brandon Flowers was sensational making 3 key tackles and picking off a Seneca Wallace pass which he returned for a touchdown.
On another play, veteran linebacker Mike Vrabel forced a fumble that set up a Ryan Succop FG.
Tough defense aside, the Chiefs continued to struggle on offense. Matt Cassel was largely ineffective, throwing for only 176 yards with no TD’s and 2 interceptions.
Kansas City again leaned on their running game, rushing for 149 yards as a team with veteran Thomas Jones leading the way with 22 carries for 83 yards, including a key forth and one conversion that allowed the Chiefs to run out the clock.
2009 sensation Jamaal Charles recorded 49 yards on 11 carries.
While the win wasn’t pretty, the result was as the Chiefs move to 2-0 for the first time since 2005.