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Halftime observations: Chiefs 24, Lions 3

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) runs with the ball during the NFL football game between Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) runs with the ball during the NFL football game between Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. AP

It's halftime at Wembley Stadium, and the Chiefs lead the Detroit Lions 24-3. Here are five observations.

1. Running back Charcandrick West is gaining confidence before our very eyes. He's becoming a quick, decisive runner who is filling in admirably for Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs may have found something with him.

2. It's been good to see Tamba Hali start making impact plays again. After his two-sack effort a week ago, he had another sack on Sunday.

3. With Ben Grubbs out, the Chiefs' offensive line looked like this, from left to right: Eric Fisher, Jeff Allen, Mitch Morse, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Jah Reid. No Donald Stephenson or Zach Fulton.

4. The decision to activate Brian Parker over James O'Shaughnessy was an interesting one — that's the first time it happened all half — but it paid off in the first quarter, when Parker, a solid blocker, paved the way for De'Anthony Thomas' touchdown run on a jet sweep.

5. If you thought the Chiefs' pass protection was bad, well, you haven't seen the Lions. The Chiefs racked up four sacks on Sunday, as quarterback Matthew Stafford struggled to get the ball out in a timely fashion. He also was intercepted twice.

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