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Chiefs Blitz: Q&A about Sunday’s 26-10 win over the Oakland Raiders

Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters waved to family members before Sunday’s game against the Raiders in his hometown of Oakland, Calif.
Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters waved to family members before Sunday’s game against the Raiders in his hometown of Oakland, Calif. jsleezer@kcstar.com

In this week’s Blitz, The Star’s Terez A. Paylor answered five postgame Twitter questions from Chiefs fans.

1. Most complete game played by the Chiefs this season? — @thompersley

Yes. Good call, Thom. The season-opening win over the Chargers was a roller-coaster filled with uneven performances. The losses to the Texans and Steelers just plain stunk. The defense looked great in the win over the Jets, but the offense was largely uneven. On Sunday, both sides of the ball — offense and defense — and special teams put it together for a complete performance, which is represented in my weekly postgame report card.

2. The Chiefs’ defense made a huge statement today. Agree or disagree? — @ChasingSnyder

It was a statement, but I’d stop short of calling it huge. I like the Oakland offense — the Raiders have a massive line and some really nice young pieces at crucial positions (Derek Carr, Amari Cooper), but it’s only the fifth game of the season, and the defense hasn’t quite been as consistent as any of them would like. But their performance Sunday should serve as a confidence booster.

3. What did we learn about the running back rotation? Will Ware continue to get the most work or not? — @KC_Fan10

Spencer Ware continues to command the lion’s share of the workload, as he outpaced Jamaal Charles in touches on Sunday 26 to 11. Charles is a superior all-round back, but one the Chiefs might continue to take it slow with in an effort to slowly build him up for the stretch run. That’s smart, too, because Ware is a very good, very capable back and is worthy of those additional touches. There’s a future with those two sharing the carries and, occasionally, the backfield at the time time.

4. Which Alex Smith is the real Alex Smith? — @JamesandStaceyC

The Alex you saw on Sunday — the guy who completed 19 of 22 passes for 224 yards and had a passer rating of 109.1 — is the same guy you saw during the 11-game winning streak last year, minus the rushing ability. When he’s buoyed by a strong ground game and a good defense, the Chiefs are very difficult to beat. The guy you saw over the first month of the season? Not so much.

5. Will this game be remembered as the Dee Ford breakout or no? — @funderpunt

Have to go with “no” on that, because his performance against San Diego a year ago — three sacks, coverage on the game-winning defensive stop — won’t be topped. But Ford, who told me this week he needs more production, took a big step toward fulfilling his statistical goals. With two sacks Sunday, he now has 3  1/2 on the season and is on pace to finish with around 10  1/2 . The Chiefs would certainly take that.

The number

175 – With the win, Chiefs coach Andy Reid passed his mentor, Mike Holmgren, for all-time wins as an NFL coach. Reid is currently 14th all-time, only two behind current Rams coach Jeff Fisher.

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