As a collegiate track athlete competing in the 400-meter hurdles, I had an epiphany. On a day in which I had no desire to run, I ran a personal best. I was running effortlessly and relaxed and my cadence was impeccable. It was as if the hurdles didn’t exist; I was on a leisurely jog and surprisingly running faster than I ever had.
On Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, the Kansas City Chiefs offense finally found it’s stride. Though the game ended in a 38-41 defeat, the Chiefs offense set a season record for points scored. Quarterback Alex Smith found a rhythm and his entire offensive unit was on the same pace.
Smith finished the game with 294 yards and three touchdowns through the air. He completed 68 percent of his throws and had an overall QB rating of 106.7 despite throwing an interception. It was the 13th career game that Alex had surpassed the 100.0 passer rating mark.
Kansas City receivers Donnie Avery and Dwayne Bowe, along with tight end Anthony Fasano, combined for 163 yards and 18 points. Seven different players had receptions in the contest including preseason acquisition A.J Jenkins who hauled in a key 22-yarder to keep his team alive in the second half.
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles had a season-high 115 yards and two TDs on the ground. Charles averaged an unheard of 8.2 yards per carry and scored 12 points of his own.
Kansas City appeared to be just going through the motions in a disappointing loss on Sunday. They stumbled out of the blocks and didn’t finish strong defensively. But if the offense learned how Smith wants to run a race, the Chiefs are more of an AFC West front-runner now than they were at 9-0.
The Chargers are the only team to beat Kansas City’s new quarterback when he’s had a passer rating over 100. 38 points would have beaten the Denver Broncos handily in their house two weeks ago, and Peyton Manning‘s Broncos also have two losses on the year coming into Arrowhead Stadium this week.
There is no looking past an obstacle, but I have a feeling the Chiefs offense has discovered how to run over one without missing a step. Kansas City over Denver in a shoot out would have been a foolish prediction in Week 11, but that’s exactly what I’m expecting next weekend.
Sometimes it just all comes together like that.
Troy Alan is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TRantMedia.