The Kansas City Chiefs are having a remarkable 2013 NFL season, especially in contrast to their recent history. After finishing with the worst record in the entire league last year, the Chiefs now have changed up some key personnel around the franchise and currently are the only remaining unbeaten team in the NFL with a pristine 7-0 record to their name.
In week eight, the Chiefs will meet the Cleveland Browns, who sit at a relatively surprising 3-4 heading into the matchup. Meaning no disrespect to a Browns team that has performed better than many people expected them to this season, but the Chiefs should essentially have an easy stroll to an 8-0 record.
The Kansas City offense, led by new quarterback and game-manager extraordinaire Alex Smith, will certainly have to work for every yard against a vastly underrated Browns defense that ranks in the top 10 against both the run and the pass this season. However, the Browns’ offense will have a much harder time doing anything against the Chiefs’ defense.
Kansas City’s run defense hasn’t been great this season, allowing 109.9 yards per game and ranking just 20th in the NFL. The Browns likely won’t be able to take advantage of that, though, as they have heavily favored the pass this season and Willis McGahee’s 2.9 yards per carry average doesn’t really strike fear in opponents.
As I said, Cleveland likes to throw the ball, but that will be their ultimate downfall if they continue that trend against the Chiefs. To begin with, the Browns are starting Jason Campbell this week, which, to put it as kindly as possible, favors the Chiefs’ defense. More than that, the Chiefs have one of the best pass defenses in the league. They rank third in the league in passing yards allowed per game, are tied for second in passing touchdowns allowed, are tied for third in interceptions, and lead the league by a wide margin in sacks. Their pass defense is a tough matchup for any team, much less a Campbell led Browns team.
Not that it should surprise anyone after the success that Kansas City has already had this season, but they come into their week eight game with what seems like a sure-fire win on their hands. Sure, they need to avoid playing complacently and looking lethargic, but if they manage to do both of those minor things, their defense should have a big game against the Browns and keep their record unblemished.
The Chiefs have been one of the biggest surprises of the year and are the last undefeated team in the league. Watch the rest of the season as Kansas City looks destined to be one of the top seeds in the AFC and get your Chiefs Tickets now.