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Chiefs Blitz: The good, bad and ugly from Sunday’s 24-20 win over the Seahawks

Chiefs coach Andy Reid has been on a play-calling roll since the Tennessee loss to open the season. The Chiefs somehow find a way to score points and move the football despite an offensive line that proven to be game but has some clear limitations and a group of receivers that simply hasn’t produced many big plays.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid has been on a play-calling roll since the Tennessee loss to open the season. The Chiefs somehow find a way to score points and move the football despite an offensive line that proven to be game but has some clear limitations and a group of receivers that simply hasn’t produced many big plays. The Kansas City Star

Do tell the truth

1. Was this a statement win?

You bet it was. Sure, the Seahawks, 6-4, are banged up. And sure, it looks as though they’re battling a Super Bowl hangover. But the Chiefs just beat the defending champs despite losing the turnover battle and getting a two-catch, 18-yard game from their wide receivers. That’s ridiculous, and the fact they won is a testament to the Chiefs’ defense, running game and offensive play-calling.

2. How did the Chiefs go from 2-3 to 7-3?

It’s those three aforementioned factors. Chiefs coach Andy Reid has been on a play-calling roll since the Tennessee loss to open the season. The Chiefs somehow find a way to score points and move the football despite an offensive line that proven to be game but has some clear limitations, and a group of receivers that simply hasn’t produced many big plays. A once-leaky defense has tightened up, and Jamaal Charles continues to prove he is an elite back.

3. Can the Chiefs win the AFC West?

Denver is still the favorite, but both teams are now 7-3, and it’s certainly in play. That’s going to make the Chiefs’ Nov. 30 home date against Denver a monster showdown. Reid is 0-3 against the Broncos as the Chiefs’ coach, and you can bet this collection of players is tired of losing to Peyton Manning, who is 5-0 against them since he joined the Broncos.

4. Wait a second, first things first. Is there any reason to worry about this Thursday night game at Oakland?

Yes. The Seattle win is the Chiefs’ biggest of the season, and it’s human nature to experience a bit of a letdown, especially against an Oakland team that is off to a miserable start. But while the Raiders have looked a bit better in recent weeks, it’s still unlikely to assume they can beat an ascending Chiefs team. The quick turnaround — the game will be broadcast nationally on Thursday night — will likely get the Chiefs’ attention.

5. Did Allen Bailey earn his contract Sunday?

You bet. The price to retain his services — $25 million over four years, including a $10 million signing bonus — was steep, but he’s a 25-year-old defensive end who is starting to come into his own. The Chiefs don’t go throwing money around, so it’s obvious they believe in his talent. Bailey showed as much when he teamed up with Jaye Howard to stuff Marshawn Lynch on a crucial fourth-and-1 play to solidify the Chiefs’ win.

The number

29 The Chiefs’ first-quarter scoring drive marked the first time in 29 games the Seahawks have allowed an opening-drive touchdown.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @TerezPaylor.

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