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Halftime observations: Chiefs 17, Bears 3

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) fumbles the ball after a sack by Chiefs defensive lineman Jaye Howard (rear right) during the first half of Sunday’s NFL football game at Arrowhead Stadium. The ball was recovered up by Chiefs linebacker Ramik Wilson (53) for a touchdown.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) fumbles the ball after a sack by Chiefs defensive lineman Jaye Howard (rear right) during the first half of Sunday’s NFL football game at Arrowhead Stadium. The ball was recovered up by Chiefs linebacker Ramik Wilson (53) for a touchdown. AP

The Chiefs lead the Bears 17-3 at halftime Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Here are some thoughts and observations.

1. Jaye Howard is playing at a Pro Bowl level. He forced the strip of Jay Cutler that led to a defensive touchdown, and also had a tackle for loss in which he evaded a cut block and made the tackle. Howard is a big man at 6 feet 3 and 320-plus pounds, and he’s playing to his size.

2. All that said, it will be interesting to see if the Chiefs can get an extension done with him. They just paid Allen Bailey $24 million over four years, and Dontari Poe will be a free agent after next season. Howard is represented by Drew Rosenhaus, who also represents Bailey, so he’s someone with whom they can do a deal.

3. It’s good to see De’Anthony Thomas get involved on offense. His touchdown catch was the result of a bubble screen, which is the type of play teams have been taking away the last few weeks.

4. Jeremy Maclin plays with an attitude. Bears cornerback Sherrick McManis dragged him to the ground in the first quarter, and Maclin has been talking to him ever since. This is a good thing — the Chiefs can use more this.

5. The Chiefs’ first sack of Cutler came as a result of a stunt up front. It was nice to see them use the same type of games up front to generate pressure than other teams have used on them.

Terez A. Paylor: 816-234-4489, @TerezPaylor. Tap here to download the new Red Zone Extra app for iOS and Android devices.

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