The Kansas City Chiefs are surprisingly 3-0 after beating the Philadelphia Eagles on the road 26-16 Thursday night. Kansas City’s defense has been particularly impressive, allowing just 34 points in three games. They have given fans a reason to be excited, but don’t get carried away thinking that they’re real contenders yet.
The Chiefs don’t look dynamic enough on offense to be a real threat as a playoff team. Their offensive limitations have been obvious the past two games.
While most top offenses are posting big numbers and points, the Chiefs chip away a little at a time. They had several opportunities to score early in the game against Philly and turn it into a blowout, but they were unable to take advantage. Quarterback Alex Smith hardly ever throws the ball downfield, and instead throws short passes and hopes for long runs after the catch. They don’t have an intermediate-deep passing game, which is pretty necessary. Dwayne Bowe only has nine catches for 90 yards and a touchdown through three games. He’s becoming as underutilized in the offense as Michael Crabtree was in San Francisco with Smith at quarterback.
Even though Kansas City didn’t throw the ball downfield on Thursday, they still totaled 395 yards against Philly, compared to 292 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and 313 yards against the Dallas Cowboys. The big difference was they rushed for 147 rushing yards, which was easily their highest mark of the season.
The real strength of this team is the defense.