Kansas City Chiefs: Avoiding Major Injuries Bodes Well for Rest of Season
The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs have it really going on at the moment. They chalked up another victory against the Cleveland Browns Sunday afternoon on their home turf at Arrowhead, bringing them to 8-0, and they remain the only unbeaten team in the NFL this season.
Though their offense, led by quarterback Alex Smith, is still coming into its own in some ways, they have been consistent. And with the help of their defense and special teams, the Chiefs are averaging 24.0 points per game, 14th in the league. This is above the league average for this year and certainly well above their own dismal PTS/G average from last year. The Chiefs defense has been overwhelming, leading the NFL in PPG allowed (11.6), sacks (35) and passes defended/intercepted (47).
And let’s face it – they keep making it all work to chalk up the wins.
The Chiefs have had to work through some injuries this year so far, including those to Brandon Flowers, Anthony Fasano, Sanders Commings, Kendrick Lewis, Dwayne Bowe and several weeks of Tony Moeaki‘s – the tight end was just waived last week by the Chiefs with an injury settlement. Bowe and Lewis were back in the starting lineup for Sunday’s game against the Browns, and running back Jamaal Charles sustained a mild knee injury on Sunday during the game but bounced right back and returned to the field.
This is some great news as the team approaches Week 9 with a perfect record. Last week head coach Andy Reid commented on the team “being fortunate” to avoid any major injuries this season – something gratifying to hear for Chiefs fans, and something quite remarkable for any team as a season progresses, especially in a year that has seen so many rampant injuries around the league.
The Chiefs’ schedule presents more of a challenge after they face the Buffalo Bills this coming Sunday when they start duking it out for the AFC West title. They will face Peyton Manning (currently nursing two ankle sprains) and the 7-1 Denver Broncos twice, the 4-3 San Diego Chargers twice as well, and the 5-2 Indianapolis Colts before it’s all over.
All nay-saying and hate-talking aside, if the Chiefs continue to show the kind of resilience and spirit that has kept them winning thus far, they should be formidable opponents going into playoff season.
Next up, the Chiefs face the Bills in New York at Ralph Wilson Stadium at 12:00 p.m. CST.