Ten Quick Thoughts On The Chiefs’ Win Over The Chargers

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9. De’Anthony Thomas and Travis Kelce have a ton of value in this offense.

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Over the past several weeks, we’ve seen what speed does for the Chiefs’ royal neighbors to the north. With help from a couple of general manager John Dorsey’s draft picks, we’re also seeing what it does for Kansas City’s offense. Fortunately for Andy Reid, it doesn’t end there. Travis Kelce and De’Anthony Thomas also move very well in the open field. Bubble screens and quick screens have become a productive part of this offensive engine because of those two attributes.

The numbers aren’t there for Thomas yet, but he’s proven his burst, field vision, and shiftiness warrant more opportunities. Thomas’ legs helped extend a third-and-15 situation on a critical second quarter drive. He took a short pass from Alex Smith and scurried 15 yards to convert the third-down play. Kelce’s made a habit of eluding defenders and always seems to gain additional yardage when a would-be tackler has him dead to right. Between the two, this offense can produce chunk plays when it needs them the most.

10. Bob Sutton’s made significant strides with this defense.

Following the Chiefs’ epic playoff collapse in January, there was no coach in Kansas City more hated than Bob Sutton. Fans wanted his head on a platter after surrendering a 28-point lead in the wild-card game with Indianapolis. Some circles were convinced that the league had caught up to a front seven on a historic sack pace and that Sutton didn’t have the defensive acumen to adjust. At the time, they appeared to be right about him.

Since the season-opening debacle, (the highest point total surrendered by the Chiefs in 2014) Sutton’s defense has allowed an average of just 19 points per game. Mind you, the Chiefs have faced three, five-win teams over that stretch. You won’t believe this next statistic. Through six games, the Chiefs have not surrendered a rushing touchdown. Only a pair of running backs and wide receivers have had 100-yard days against Kansas City. Sutton’s play-calling has been superb in two or three games thus far. As the midway point of the season approaches, he’s earned a reprieve from the Chiefs’ fanbase.

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