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Halftime report: Chiefs 17, Patriots 0

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) caught a pass for a first down and ran away from Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) during Monday’s game at Arrowhead Stadium.
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) caught a pass for a first down and ran away from Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) during Monday’s game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Kansas City Star

It’s halftime at Arrowhead Stadium, and the Chiefs lead the Patriots 17-0. Here are some quick observations.

▪ Big fan of the offensive playcalling thus far. Chiefs coach Andy Reid is in a groove. They made sure they got their best skill player — Jamaal Charles, Travis Kelce and Dwayne Bowe — involved early. That's important for all of them, Bowe in particular. It seems like he plays better when he gets involved early.

▪ At least one of Bowe's biggest catches came with him lined up in the slot, which is where I think he might be at his best. He’s big, he's tough and he’s good at running those short routes. If the Chiefs had some true outside threats, it would be really interesting to see what he could do there, full-time. He has five catches for 81 yards.

▪ Jamaal Charles has two touchdowns, and he looks like he's back to being his normal self. Man, he looks slippery. This is the best he's looked all season. He's got 10 carries for 58 yards and he isn't even their leading rusher — Knile Davis has 63 yards on only five carries. Both are running with authority.

▪ After giving up 141 rushing yards to the Dolphins a week ago, the Chiefs' run defense is looking solid, thus far. The Patriots have only rushed for 24 yards.

▪ Not seeing much juice from the Pats’ offense. No one who really scares you, outside of Brady. The skill players aren't running away from anybody.

▪ Phillip Gaines is turning into a solid special teamer. This marks the second week in a row he’s wiped out a returner.

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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