The Kansas City Chiefs kept a-rollin’ Sunday afternoon with a nail-biting 23-17 win over the visiting Cleveland Browns, getting off to only the second 8-0 start in Chiefs history.
“Every win is a good win, but this one was a little close,” said Kansas City head coach Andy Reid.
Chiefs QB Alex Smith had a solid performance, completing 24 of 36 pass attempts and throwing for 225 yards and two touch downs. With four runs for 40 yards, he gave fantasy football fans a solid 25 points, finishing with a 102.2 quarterback rating.
With a 20-10 lead at halftime, Kansas City allowed Cleveland to score on its first possession of the second half. With only a 3-point lead, Chiefs fans had to be worried with four consecutive offensive series ending with punts. But the Kansas City defense stood tall and held off the struggling Browns, forcing three Cleveland punts and a turnover on downs in the fourth quarter. Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop launched a 40-yard field goal late in the game, leaving only :17 seconds for the Browns to work.
“The first half everything was pretty smooth and working,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “Then came the second half… this one was awfully close, but the guys battled. I mean what hearts they have.”
With every win, the spotlight shines down even brighter on the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, who recently set the record for loudest crowd noise. And that’s just fine with Smith.
“We love it,” Smith said via Sports Illustrated. “You want the stages to get bigger. That’s why you put all the work in. You want this opportunity. You want that honor.”
“I think that teams have recognized how we’re playing and no question, they’re coming prepared.”
With 3 one-score wins, including a razor-thin 17-16 victory over the Houston Texans, teams certainly are prepared for the Kansas City Chiefs. They’ve squeaked out wins against teams that really shouldn’t have been in there with the Chiefs to begin with. Houston was 2-4 and starting a QB in Case Keenum that had never seen a regular season snap. Cleveland was 3-4 heading into the game and struggling at quarterback as well.
Can the Kansas City Chiefs keep it going against the Buffalo Bills? Will the Kansas City Chiefs remain undefeated? How do you feel about Chiefs coach Andy Reid?
8-0. Do you believe? #Chiefs
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