Chiefs top Steelers for first win since season-opener


The Kansas City Chiefs are on a one-game winning streak. After losing five consecutive contests, the Chiefs were able to rise up and defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-13, on Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium.

Kansas City played a bend-but-don’t-break defense for most of the game, allowing Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown to rack up 137 and 130 yards, respectively. The defense was able to make the big plays that it so often can’t, forcing three turnovers including interceptions by Derrick Johnson and … Eric Berry.

Berry’s interception was the highlight of the season and will almost be impossible to top. Berry was able to catch the ball off a double-deflection, and ran it back to the Kansas City 47-yard line. Berry the jumped up and shot an imaginary arrow at the ball, with the crowd raucously celebrating.

Also of note, Tamba Hali totaled two sacks, giving him three on the season. Berry also led the team with six tackles.

On offense, Alex Smith was solid. Smith did not make a ton of incredible throws or anything of that nature, but he did stretch the field a bit. Smith finished 21-of-32 for 251 yards and a touchdown without an interception. Smith’s top targets were Travis Kelce, Albert Wilson and Chris Conley. Kelce caught five passes for 73 yards, while Wilson snagged three throws for 61 yards. Conley caught his first career touchdown, all while amassing six catches for 63 yards.

Charcandrick West also had a terrific game, rushing for 110 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. West has good vision and toughness, and even employs a bit of wiggle.

Perhaps a long-term development was the play of the revamped offensive line. While it was not great, it was better with the insertion of Jeff Allen at right tackle, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif at right guard and Eric Fisher at left tackle. Smith was sacked twice and hit on multiple occasions, but he also had time to go down the field.