The Cleveland Browns will visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Last year, the Chiefs were the worst team in NFL, which allowed them to choose Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher with the top pick in the 2013 draft. So how are they 7-0 now?
Usually a new head coach (Andy Reid) and a new quarterback (Alex Smith) will result in a period of adjustment. Well, the only thing the Chiefs are adjusting to is winning.
Let’s examine the Chiefs’ so-far-perfect season one week at a time.
Week 1: Chiefs win in Jacksonville 28-2
Well, it helps to open the season against this year’s “worst team in football.” Smith threw a pair of touchdown passes, and Tamba Hali returned an interception for another score.
Week 2: Chiefs beat Dallas at home 17-16
Smith had another big game, throwing two touchdowns with no interceptions for the second straight week. He was also the Chiefs’ leading rusher with 57 yards. Dontari Poe sacked Tony Romo twice.
Week 3: Chiefs win in Philadelphia 26-16
Donnie Avery hauled in seven passes for 141 yards. Ryan Succop booted four field goals, and Eric Berry returned an interception for a touchdown.
Week 4: Chiefs beat New York Giants at home 31-7
Smith threw three touchdown passes, and the Chiefs special teams got on the board with an 89-yard punt return by Dexter McCluster. Hali sacked Eli Manning twice.
Week 5: Chiefs win at Tennessee 26-17
Jamaal Charles rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown. Succop kicked four more field goals. Marcus Cooper recovered a fumble in the Titans’ end zone.
Week 6: Chiefs beat Oakland at home 24-7
Smith completed less than 50 percent of his passes, but at least he didn’t turn the ball over. Charles ran for two touchdowns. The Kansas City defense sacked Terrelle Pryor nine times, and Husain Abdullah returned an interception 44 yards for a touchdown.
Week 7: Chiefs beat Houston at home 17-16
Hali recorded 2.5 sacks for the second week in a row. Smith and Charles each ran for a touchdown, and the Kansas City defense protected a one-point lead for the last 19 minutes of the game.
In addition to a balanced, ball-control offense, the Chiefs sport an attacking, opportunistic defense that has not given up 20 points in a game. Jason Campbell and the Cleveland Browns will have to buck all of these trends to become the first team to hang a loss on the Chiefs.
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