Most people were projecting a win for the Kansas City Chiefs in week seven. After the team ran through several established quarterbacks on its way to 6-0, Case Keenum figured to bring a welcome change of pace. The second-year QB was making his first career start on the road at the loudest stadium in the NFL. No one was giving him much of a chance of being successful. In the end, Keenum played pretty well and gave the Chiefs’ a very tough test.
During the first half of this contest, Keenum looked like an established veteran. You would have never guessed he was making his first career start against one of the league’s best defenses. But in the second half, the KC defense tightened things down and limited the Houston Texans to just six points. Keenum ended up getting sacked five times and he fumbled late in the fourth quarter to ice the game.
So on a day when the Chiefs’ offense was good, not great, the defense stepped up in a big way. The unit once again held its opponent under 300 yards of total offense and under 100 yards rushing. Arian Foster‘s absence no doubt helped out KC, but plays were still made when they needed to be. That’s been the formula for Andy Reid and company this season – well-balanced offense, mixed with a top-notch defense and timely plays.
The Chiefs are very much for real at 7-0. They’re going to be in nearly every game with their supreme pass-rush and well-rounded defense. But one of these weeks the offense is going to have to outscore another team. Once we’ve seen that happen, then we can start talking about how far this team can really go.