The second quarter of the Kansas City Chiefs season proved to be just as successful as the team's first four games, beginning in Week 5, when Andy Reid's team traveled to Tennessee for a matchup with the Titans.
Kansas City pushed its lead to 13 points, behind two FGs by Chiefs K
Marcus Cooper recorded his first-career INT on the ensuing drive, when he grabbed the pass attempt by Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Up three points, with 6:14 to play in the fourth quarter, Jamaal took three-straight handoffs, covering 23 yards, setting up a 33-yard FG by Succop.
Trailing by six, the Titans had 4:10 to attempt a comeback, which was again stopped by another Chiefs interception. Chiefs CB
Ryan Succop gave the Chiefs a nine-point lead, after splitting the uprights from 48 yards out, which would be the final score of the game. KC 26 TEN 17.
With the win, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has recorded a victory against every NFL franchise.
Jamaal Charles finished the game with 108 yards on 22 carries (4.9 avg.) and the TD, surpassing former Chiefs RB Christian Okoye (4,897) for third place on the club's all-time rushing yardage list (4,933).
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In Week 5, the Kansas City Chiefs performed in such way that caused their fans to cheer in record-breaking fashion, registering a peak decibel reading of 137.5, setting (at the time) a new Guinness Book of World Records. The mark was set on a fourth-quarter play that lasted six seconds as LB
Following a Ryan Succop 33-yard FG, the final points for Kansas City came via
Riding the momentum of a six-game win streak, the Chiefs hosted the Houston Texans in Week 7. Similar to Kansas City's other matchup with a Texas team (Week 2 vs Dallas), the Texans would give the Chiefs a run for their money, jumping out to an early 3-0 lead. Jamaal Charles changed that, later scoring from one yard out. Charles finished the game with 123 yards from scrimmage and one rushing touchdown, marking his seventh-straight game with at least 100 yards from scrimmage and at least one touchdown. He joined Pro Football Hall of Fame RB O.J. Simpson (1975) as the only two players in NFL history to record at least 100-scrimmage yards and one touchdown in each of the first seven games of a season.
The best drive, and perhaps the best play, of the game came in the second quarter. Chiefs QB Alex Smith capped a 15-play, 97-yard touchdown drive with a five-yard touchdown rush, (that faked out everybody), his first rushing touchdown in a Kansas City uniform. It marked his fifth-career rushing touchdown. He has set a single-season career-high with 218 rushing yards on 43 carries, passing his old single-season-career best of 179 yards set in 2011. It is the most rushing yards by a Chiefs quarterback since Tyler Thigpen carried the ball 62 times for 386 yards in 2008.
The last game on the Chiefs October schedule was a home matchup against the Cleveland Browns in Week 8.
While Ryan Succop gave the Chiefs an early 6-0 lead, with made field goals from 42 and 35 yards out, it was Chiefs FB
Alex Smith completed 24 of 36 passes for 225 yards with two touchdowns for a 102.2 passer rating, his first 100.0 passer rating in a Chiefs uniform. Smith added 40 rushing yards on six carries (6.7 avg.), crossing the 1,000-yard rushing plateau for his NFL career. It was Smith's eighth-consecutive win in a Chiefs uniform, becoming the first Chiefs signal-caller to win his first eight-consecutive starts in his first season with the team. Smith joins QB Mike Livingston as the only two quarterbacks in franchise history to win their first eight starts in a Kansas City uniform, but Livingston won his first nine starts, over four seasons (1969-72).
Despite allowing the Browns to score 17 points, the Chiefs defense halted any further Cleveland efforts, eventually winning the contest 23-17.
As usual, Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson was solid on defense, recording 12 solo tackles in the game, giving him 935-career tackles to rank third in team history. He passed S Deron Cherry (927) for third place.
Through the team's first 8 games, the Chiefs defense held all of its opponents to 17 points or fewer, becoming just the fourth team since 1970 to accomplish the feat, joining the 1970 Minnesota Vikings, the 1971 Miami Dolphins and the 1977 Atlanta Falcons, who allowed 17 points or fewer in the first nine games of their season.
Kansas City's win also marked the first time in coach Reid's 15-year coaching career that he’s started a season 8-0. His previous best start was a 7-0 start in the 2004 season with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Chiefs next game was a road test against the Buffalo Bills, the first of three November games, which we'll revisit on Saturday.
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