An A-Z rewind of the Chiefs’ 24-10 win over the New York Jets and a fast-forward look ahead:
A is for Alex Smith, the Chiefs’ quarterback who has hit full stride in Andy Reid’s offensive scheme. A week after completing 25 of 29 passes for 233 yards, Smith hit 21 of 31 for 199 yards and two touchdowns. He has completed 67.1 percent of his passes this season.
B is for bizarre, which the Chiefs’ second touchdown was. From the New York 2-yard line, Alex Smith’s pass was deflected by Jets’ linebacker Calvin Pace … to tight end Anthony Fasano … who was on the ground at the 1 after missing a block. He caught it and nudged into the end zone.
C is for Cairo Santos, the Chiefs’ rookie kicker, who made the only field goal he attempted Sunday and has hit nine in a row as he puts his rough start farther and farther behind.
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D is for De’Anthony Thomas, who continues to electrify in the relatively rare times he touches the ball. On Sunday, his 26-yard run set up the Chiefs’ first touchdown. His 78-yard kickoff return (from seven yards deep in the end zone) paved the way to a pivotal late-half touchdown in response to a New York TD and made it 21-7 at halftime.
E is for end zone, which Chiefs’ opponents have yet to cross in the rushing game this season.
F is for fifth win in six games for the Chiefs since starting the season 0-2.
G is for gone: The Jets’ season (1-8) … and perhaps coach Rex Ryan, who hasn’t guided them to a winning season since 2010.
H is for Hali, Tamba, and Houston, Justin: Fret too much about one of those Chiefs linebackers too much, and the other one will make you pay. Hali seemed to be more on Ryan’s radar during a conference call earlier this week, but it was Houston who had two sacks to give him an NFL-best 12 this season.
I is for interceptions thrown by Smith, one in seven games, since throwing three in the opener.
J is for Jamaal Charles, whose 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was his 50th career offensive TD. That makes him seventh on the team’s career list.
K is for Knile Davis, who had 70 carries for 318 yards in a three-game stretch from Sept 14. to Sept. 29 but has carried just 31 times for 89 yards in four games since.
L is for “Let’s go, Royals,” a chant that rumbled through Arrowhead as Royals’ playoff highlights flashed on the video boards.
M is for Maytag repairman, which punter Dustin Colquitt might as well have been through three quarters Sunday. Colquitt was called on just once before the fourth quarter and four times overall.
N is for not since last season at Oakland had the Chiefs scored touchdowns on their first two drives as they did Sunday.
O is for offensive line of the Chiefs, which paved the way for 5.5 yards a rush and gave up just one sack, for three yards, to a Jets team that entered the game with 24. Even that sack wasn’t a blemish on the line. It came on the last offensive play of the game for the Chiefs, with Smith figuring it was better to take the sack and keep the clock moving rather than throwing it away.
P is for Priest Holmes, honored as a Chiefs’ Hall of Fame inductee Sunday just weeks after being passed by fellow Texas Longhorn Charles as the franchise’s career leading rusher. “Hat’s off to him,” Holmes said. He added that “records are meant to be broken” and that “it’s always about setting that bar a little bit further up.”
Q is for query: How did the Chiefs look so bad in the opener against Tennessee?
R is for rejected: three straight Jets’ fourth-down attempts by the Chiefs’ defense with the Chiefs leading 24-10 in the fourth quarter.
S is for second-half scoring: It was only 3-0 Chiefs on Sunday, but it’s 105-60 in their favor this season.
T is for Travis Kelce, the tight end who scored his fourth touchdown of the season on a perfect 12-yard pass from Smith. Kelce is third on the team in touchdowns behind Charles (seven) and Davis (five).
U is for up next: shuffling off to Buffalo, which is 5-3 and coming off a bye week as it prepares to play host to the Chiefs.
V is for Vick, Michael, who was knocked out of the game on a hit by the Chiefs’ Josh Mauga on an incomplete pass from the Kansas City 3-yard line on the first series of the fourth quarter. He later returned and finished 21 of 28 for 196 yards.
W is for welcome back to safety Eric Berry, who had six tackles in his first game since suffering a high ankle sprain at Denver on Sept. 14.
X is for X-factor toward a playoff berth: The Chiefs already lost one game that could haunt them, the opener against Tennessee (2-6). Buffalo is no gimme. But, for context, it’s lost at home to two teams the Chiefs beat (San Diego and New England). Winning or losing this game could prove the difference in making the playoffs or not for the Chiefs.
Y is for yards gained by the Jets: 364 to 309 for the Chiefs.
Z is for zero, still the number of touchdown receptions by Chiefs’ wide receivers this season.