At the close of Week 6 in the NFL 2013 season saw some surprises –which it seems we never get used to. In a two-part review, we will take a close look at the only two remaining undefeated teams remaining: the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs.
We start our review with the biggest turnaround from last season to this one. Kansas City Chiefs fans are wearing their red proudly these days and beside themselves with renewed faith in their new Coach Andy Reid and his hand-picked quarterback Alex Smith.
Along with these two, KC has Jamaal Charles at running back with 775 total yards this season, and 300 of those are from 33 catches. Charles has scored seven of the Chiefs’ 17 touchdowns. He is now ranked third in overall yards behind Priest Holmes (6070) and Larry Johnson (6015) with 5011 yards. Charles has 22 career rushing touchdowns and nine receiving. He has the distinction of being KC’s leading rusher and its leading receiver.
In the Week 6 win against the Raiders, the score remained tied 7-7 into the third quarter. The Chiefs’ defense managed to capture three interceptions from Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Defensive back Husain Abdullah ran one of those picks back for a 44 yard touchdown, the first of his career.
That made three interceptions returned for touchdown on the year for the team, and is the first time KC has had three or more interceptions in a single game since Dec 4, 2011 against the Chicago Bears.
Despite his previous escapes, Pryor was sacked 10 times by the Chiefs on Sunday, tying the Chief’s second best franchise record for most sacks in a single game. The last time KC had 10 sacks in one game was in 1998, also against the Oakland Raiders. The franchise record for one game is 11 sacks, set on Sept 30, 1984 against the Cleveland Browns. KC now has 31 sacks on the season.
KC linebacker Tamba Hali had Pryor’s number all day, recording 3.5 sacks for a loss of 35.5 yards, a single-game career high. With 70 career sacks for a total loss of 441.5 yards, he is now ranked fourth in team history for sacks and at third place in yardage loss. With 16 multi-sack games, he is a valuable, high impact player. When Hali has 1.5 or more sacks, the Chiefs have an 11-5 record.
We could go on about stats all day because there were simply too many standouts in this game. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid credits fans for the win as well, “The place was very loud and it affected the game in areas.” KC’s fans set out to break the Guinness World Record for loudest crowd roar in an open stadium, previously held by CenturyLink Field in Seattle at 136.6 decibels since Sept. 15 this year.
Guinness adjudicator Philip Robertson monitored the sound levels as Chiefs fans cheered their team on. They hit the mark during a fourth quarter play when linebacker Derrick Johnson sacked Pryor with 42 seconds remaining on the clock, getting up to 137.5 decibels.
With quarterback Smith completing 122 of 216 passes for 1330 yards, there is no end to the talent and ability on this team. Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs have what it takes to dominate a game and when they face the Denver Broncos on Nov 17 it may very well be the biggest game of the year.
Written by: Brandi Tasby