If you’re like me, the Kansas City Chiefs’ undefeated record of 4-0 still looks a bit weird to you. In fact, it looks incredibly weird; so weird, that I’m still trying to find a way to convince myself that they’ll wind up falling apart in the end because, well, ‘They’re just the Chiefs.’
This Chiefs team, though, is not like any in recent memory. New head coach Andy Reid has harnessed the talent he immediately saw on this roster and transformed it into what fans knew they could be a season ago. But, adding a guy like Alex Smith to the mix surely helped along the way.
While Smith finally turned the ball over for the first time all season on Sunday, the Chiefs still dominated the New York Giants in every facet, winning the game 31-7. It was another embarrassing effort by the Giants; or was it an incredible effort by the Chiefs? You decide.
What we do know, is that the Chiefs could take the cake as the NFL’s most balanced team at the moment.
Kansas City’s defense has been so good, that they’ve limited opponents to 10.2 points per game through four weeks. They’ve also faced offenses like the now-explosive Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys and of course the Giants who had, up until this point, been an offense that puts points on the board.
The Chiefs could arguably boast the best linebacker unit in the league. Derrick Johnson, Justin Houston, Akeem Jordan and Tamba Hali have been phenomenal to start the year. Houston leads the team with a staggering 7.5 sacks. Johnson leads the team with 27 tackles. Jordan already has two tackles for loss. And, Hali has three sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a touchdown.
Offensively, the Chiefs continue to run the ball well with nearly 121 yards per game on the ground, good for 13th in the NFL. The passing game won’t shock anybody, but Smith has been consistently good at managing the game while the defense does its thing. Dwayne Bowe seems happier than previous years as he’s been a bit more involved.
But, the offensive prowess doesn’t stop there. Both Jamaal Charles and Donnie Avery have been excellent in the passing game as well. Charles has over 500 yards of total offense through four games already, while Avery leads all wideouts in receiving yards.
Did anyone else see Dexter McCluster’s punt return for a touchdown on Sunday? Yeah, their special teams are pretty good as well.
So, the Chiefs? The league’s most balanced team? It’s not crazy to think such a thing, as a matter of fact, it’s only logical.