The Kansas City Chiefs had themselves a day, beating the Chicago Bears and making a trade.
Kansas City was finally able to get into the win column after a pair of one-point losses, beating the Chicago Bears 23-7 at Soldier Field.
After seeing a couple of shaky defensive performances from the first-string unit in the previous two games, the Chiefs played great. Chicago mustered exactly 20 yards of total offense throughout the first half, with Derrick Johnson and Dontari Poe both notching sacks of Jay Cutler.
The defense was also stout on the ground. Bears starting running back Jeremy Langford rushed for a meager 17 yards on six carries. In the air, Cutler only threw for 45 yards, completing 6-of-15 pass attempts.
On offense, the Chiefs remained in rhythm. While the first-team stalled out twice in the red zone, settling for two Cairo Santos field goals, the rest of the day was flawless. The offensive line gave Alex Smith ample protection, and he needed it. Smith threw 30 times in the first half, hitting on 20 of his throws for 181 yards.
Ultimately, Kansas City racked up almost 250 yards in the first half, outgaining and outplaying the Bears in laughable fashion.
The Chiefs also got out of the contest without any injuries. Kansas City likely won’t be playing any of its starters on Thursday against the Green Bay Packers at Arrowhead Stadium, so everyone should be all systems go for Sept. 11. The only player in doubt is Justin Houston, who continues to recover from an ACL injury. His timetable remains unclear, but it would be a stunner if he comes back for the start of the season.
Chiefs make a trade
After the win, head coach Andy Reid announced that Kansas City had acquired cornerback Kenneth Acker from the San Francisco 49ers. The compensation was a 2018 seventh-round draft pick.
Acker is entering his third season in the NFL after being a sixth-round selection out of SMU in the 2014 NFL Draft. After missing the entire 2014 season due to injury, Acker led the 49ers with three interceptions last season. He will now come in and compete for a roster spot amid both veterans and rookies.