Are the Chiefs a Good Road Team?
We might want to consider that possibility.
The efforts in Denver and Miami point in that direction.
A week ago, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was throwing to the end zone for a tie—or maybe a win—at the end of the Chiefs 24-17 loss in Denver.
On Sunday, Kansas City went into Miami and came home with a convincing 34-15 win over the Dolphins. The Dolphins presented the Chiefs with a significant matchup problem because of KC’s young, unsettled offensive line and the high quality of the Miami front 7. The Dolphins sacked Alex Smith five times, including once for a safety, but the Chiefs got the win.
The Chiefs game plan for Denver was solid. Keep the ball away from Peyton Manning. They did that, especially in the second half. Offensive execution was lacking in Denver. 10 minute drives by your offense are outstanding. Not getting points out of 10 minute drives is not acceptable. The Chiefs defense also played pretty well after the opening drive in Denver and they had another solid day in south Florida. It was also good to see the Chiefs shove around a good Miami defense on Sunday. Knile Davis led the way with 132 yards on 32 carries in the hot Florida sun.
In consecutive weeks, the Chiefs have kept one of the all time great quarterbacks and the best offense under the league under control and pounded out 35 points against a solid defense on the road. Kansas City also limited the penalties. Four flags on the afternoon for 23 yards. Those are signs of a team that will win on the road. Teams that make a habit moving the ball on solid defenses and keeping the penalties down play football in January. The first two road games for these ’14 Chiefs went well.
And, those two games went well with seven starters on the shelf for various reasons.
The next order of business for the Chiefs is to get back to being invincible at Arrowhead Stadium. That starts with the New England Patriots on Monday night football.