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Halftime observations: Chiefs 21, Saints 7

Daniel Sorensen of the Chiefs intercepts a deflected pass and returns it for a touchdown during the first half against the Saints on Sunday.
Daniel Sorensen of the Chiefs intercepts a deflected pass and returns it for a touchdown during the first half against the Saints on Sunday. jsleezer@kcstar.com

It’s halftime at Arrowhead Stadium, and the Chiefs lead the New Orleans Saints 21-7 in their Week 7 tilt. Here are some quick thoughts.

1. After a rough first drive for the Chiefs’ defense – when Drew Brees led his team on a super-efficient 80-yard scoring march – defensive coordinator Bob Sutton bounced back. He dialed up some effective blitzes that generated pressure on Brees, which isn’t easy to do, and that pressure led to a second-quarter interception return by safety Daniel Sorensen.

2. Speaking of Sorensen, what a game he’s having. He’s got the pick-6, a sack and another big hit. With the way teams are throwing the ball now, he’s essentially Derrick Johnson’s batterymate at inside linebacker. What an important game for him, especially after the Chiefs lost Justin March-Lillard for (possibly) the season earlier this week.

3. Andy Reid’s offensive gameplan has been on point. The Saints’ defense is weak, but the Chiefs have done a nice job mixing in the run and their passing concepts have been solid.

4. Tyreek Hill’s one-handed touchdown in the second quarter was a thing of beauty. He now leads the Chiefs in touchdown receptions with three.

5. I know I’m a neanderthal, but I’m good with Charcandrick West’s personal foul penalty. He was whistled for pushing the guy that shoved his quarterback Alex Smith. Yes, it was probably a dumb penalty, but I watched the Chiefs allow teams to bully them some from 2013 to mid-2015, so I’m forgiving when a player sticks up for a teammate. The NFL is a bully league, which means teams will attack you if they see you don’t fight back. You have to let teams know that stuff won’t be tolerated.

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