5 Reasons The Kansas City Chiefs Are Undefeated In Week 5
5 Reasons The Kansas City Remain Undefeated
The Kansas City Chiefs are off to a 4-0 start for the first time since the 2003 season. That year, they went 13-3 and lost in the Divisional Rounds of the AFC playoffs to the Indianapolis Colts. Since then, they have had only three winning seasons and one one division title. The fact that they are this good shouldn't be a surprise, as they have a lot of their best players remaining from the last time they made the playoffs in 2010.
The Chiefs have built around Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Derrick Johnson, Eric Berry, Brandon Albert and Tamba Hali. All of those guys were on the 2010 team and are part of the current team. Since then, the Chiefs have drafted players like Justin Houston, Dontari Poe and 2013 No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher. To go along with the good draft picks, the Chiefs acquired quarterback Alex Smith and got rid of quarterback Matt Cassel, and signed cornerback Sean Smith and wide receiver Donnie Avery before the 2013 season.
The biggest addition the Chiefs have made this year was getting head coach Andy Reid from the Philadelphia Eagles. Reid replaced Romeo Crennel, who finished his career with Kansas City with a record of 4-15 since replacing Todd Haley. Reid came in with a career record of 130-93-1 and has made five NFC Championship games with the Eagles, winning only one of them. The biggest blemish on his career is that he has never won a Super Bowl and was only able to take him team to one.
When Reid took over for the Eagles, they were in a similar position to what the Chiefs are in now. Philadelphia was 3-13 the year before Reid was named head coach, and they went to the playoffs just two years later. Very similar to this situation, one of the first things Reid did with Philadelphia was get a quarterback for his system by drafting Donovan McNabb. Less than two months after taking over, Reid traded a second round pick to the San Francisco 49ers to get Alex Smith.
Quick turnarounds in the NFL are very common with the way the salary cap is set up and how easy it is to reload through the Draft when you are bad. These five reasons are why the Kansas City Chiefs are 4-0 thus far.
The Kansas City Chiefs are tied for the lead in the NFL in Turnover Margin. They are a +9 through four weeks and lead the AFC by forcing 12 turnovers.
4. Jamaal Charles
Jamaal Charles leads the Kansas City Chiefs in rushing and receiving through four weeks. He is the focal point of the offense and continues to produce at a Pro-Bowl level. He has rushed for 289 yards and a TD, and caught 23 passes for 213 yards and two TDs.
3. Alex Smith
Last season, Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn combined to throw eight touchdowns and 20 interceptions. Through four weeks this year, Alex Smith has seven touchdowns and only two interceptions. He is a duel threat at the QB position, having rushed for 151 yards on 30 carries.
2. Andy Reid
Andy Reid has already won the same amount of games in four weeks as previous coach Romeo Crennel did in 19. He has the Chiefs playing at a high level and was able to get a win against his former team the Philadelphia Eagles.
1. Front Seven
The Kansas City Chiefs are tied for the NFL lead in sacks this year. The two teams that they are tied with have both played one more game than they have. Justin Houston has 7.5 sacks, Dontari Poe and Tamba Hali have combined for 6.5, and Derrick Johnson is on pace for 120 tackles this year.