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Chiefs are on quite a run of new quarterbacks

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It’s hard to know exactly how the Browns are benefiting from starting Jason Campbell this week.

But it’s clear to see the Chiefs are hitting another team at just the right time.

According to Adam Teicher of ESPN.com, Campbell will be the third replacement quarterback they’ve faced in the last four weeks. They previously beat the Ryan Fitzpatrick-led Titans and Case Keenum and the Texans in their first starts with those teams.

Campbell’s played in the league (Keenum took his first NFL snap against them last week), but he’s still in a tough spot. The Chiefs lead the league with 35 sacks.

The Chiefs also get to play Thad Lewis and the Bills next week, before finishing the year against real, live quarterbacks. Barring injury, they play Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers twice each down the stretch, along with Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Terrelle Pryor (although one of those things is not like the others).

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  1. tatvin says: Oct 23, 2013 2:28 PM

    their offense sucks and they are barely beating teams with 2nd and 3rd string QBs….not elite…they have a great D but thats about it

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 23, 2013 2:28 PM

    (although one of those things is not like the others)

    I circled Terrelle, did I get it right? I love football quiz games!

  3. jk86nfl says: Oct 23, 2013 2:28 PM

    It’s less about deciding a starting QB but for a sacrificial lamb for that defense.

  4. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 23, 2013 2:29 PM

    And they haven’t even played the Vikings.

  5. azwildcats96 says: Oct 23, 2013 2:30 PM

    It’s easy for your D to look good against mediocre offenses.

  6. pigbenis69 says: Oct 23, 2013 2:32 PM

    Let’s see how happy KC fans are when they get bounced in the playoffs as a home favorite. Happens to Reid every year.

  7. spicymudbugs says: Oct 23, 2013 2:33 PM

    Chiefs are not that good. Put 24 on them and you win. Smith refuses to throw deep and if Charles goes down they are done

  8. jk86nfl says: Oct 23, 2013 2:35 PM

    It’s easy for your D to look good against mediocre offenses.

    At the beginning of the season the Chiefs played a healthy-Vick led Eagles team (that at the time was the toast of ESPN– “Expect 40 against the Chiefs!”) What happened?

    Later, the Tony Romo show walked into Arrowhead. Boys didn’t score more than 17 points.

    Two teams, with a lot of weapons, shut down by the #1 Defense in the NFL.

  9. godofwine330 says: Oct 23, 2013 2:37 PM

    (although one of those things is not like the others)

    Ummm, Terrelle Pryor? Ding Ding Ding!

    Darin, I love the way you write sports. You and Florio. Both of you have snarky, smart-aleck ESPN broadcasters in its early years where they were both informative and funny. Keep it up.

  10. titans12thman says: Oct 23, 2013 2:37 PM

    I am really happy for Chiefs fans and Andy Ried. As the adage goes “I would rather be lucky than good”.

  11. siknutty says: Oct 23, 2013 2:38 PM

    The chiefs defense is legit but their sack totals are inflated.. I bet those numbers would be lower had they faced the actual starting qb’s in those games. Aldon smith had a huge game last year against the bears with Jason Campbell starting, and I expect the chiefs to put up similar sack numbers.. It’s easy to smother a back up qb and hit him all game, but I’ll wait and see how they perform against a good qb who gets the ball out quickly.

  12. dalcow4 says: Oct 23, 2013 2:38 PM

    The rest of the season for the Chiefs…

    Browns – W
    at Bills – L
    at Broncos – L
    Chargers – W
    Broncos – L
    at Redskins – L
    at Raiders – L
    Colts – L
    at Chargers – L

    Season record = 9-7

  13. 6ball says: Oct 23, 2013 2:41 PM

    .

    You can only play the teams on your schedule . The schedule is created by the NFL years in advance..

    .

  14. RavenzGunnerz says: Oct 23, 2013 2:42 PM

    Well, you can only beat who you are playing…

    It’s definitely not Chiefs fault.

  15. shayeezy says: Oct 23, 2013 2:43 PM

    mediocre offenses? the eagles are still the #2 offense in the league, after the broncos, and the cowboys are #11, and the chiefs limited both to 16 points.

  16. icdogg says: Oct 23, 2013 2:49 PM

    Sweet! The Chiefs are so crazy awesome that opposing QBs are getting themselves injured just to avoid having to play them!

  17. swaggyy says: Oct 23, 2013 2:50 PM

    Opponents combined records: 4-27. Ew.

  18. fmlizard says: Oct 23, 2013 2:52 PM

    If you follow KC you know how incredibly snakebit this team was in 2011 and 2012. Bad things happen to all teams, but not often like they did to KC the last two years.

    They were more than due. Andy Reid saw this and made a beeline to Arrowhead.

  19. kcflake says: Oct 23, 2013 2:53 PM

    The Chiefs Defense is For Real. Anyone who disputes that obviously doesn’t know a damn thing about football.

  20. n0hopeleft says: Oct 23, 2013 2:54 PM

    Browns – W
    at Bills – L
    at Broncos – L
    Chargers – W
    Broncos – L
    at Redskins – L
    at Raiders – L
    Colts – L
    at Chargers – L

    Season record = 9-7

    ___________________________________

    I’m not even rooting for the Chiefs… But clearly, you don’t even watch football.

  21. gjp2030 says: Oct 23, 2013 2:56 PM

    Hey SpicyMudBug, just put up 24 on KC and you win?

    That’s funny, because no one has been able to do that yet. That’s why we’re 7-0.

    You can always tell by the comments which fans are miserable, because their teams probably blow and are out of it already.

  22. blogatron2000 says: Oct 23, 2013 2:56 PM

    swaggyy says: Oct 23, 2013 2:50 PM

    Opponents combined records: 4-27. Ew
    ——————————————————

    So what’s your point?

    One of the qualities of a good team is that they keep losing teams losing.

    The Chiefs and Broncos have played 5 common opponents this year. I don’t see anybody questioning Denver’s strength of schedule.

    This “who have they played” thing is getting pretty tiresome.

  23. thevza says: Oct 23, 2013 2:57 PM

    This year the Chiefs just might be the first team since Boise State to bust the BCS despite their soft schedule. Somehow I think the two-loss Patriots will still finish ranked above them.

  24. wtfchiefs says: Oct 23, 2013 3:01 PM

    They played them.
    They won.
    They’re undefeated.
    I’m enjoying it right now.
    The End.

    I don’t understand the big deal. Beating a couple teams with QB’s that weren’t very good doesn’t discredit winning every game so far. Style points don’t count. If they did Manning would have more than one ring.

  25. sowcrates says: Oct 23, 2013 3:04 PM

    Ignore the strength of schedules of opponents so early in the season, if not altogether.

    The entire AFC West plays 8 common opponents, each other 6 times then 2 other random AFC teams. If KC’s opponent record is so poor right now, blame the entire division for being 19-9 with only 3 wins and 3 losses coming from divisional games.

  26. sowcrates says: Oct 23, 2013 3:05 PM

    *I said random, of course it’s not random, it’s the comparable place finisher in their division from a year ago that matches your own. 1st AFC West plays the first from all other divisions, 2nd plays all 3 2nds, etc etc

  27. shayeezy says: Oct 23, 2013 3:07 PM

    for anyone talking about the chiefs opponents, what juggernauts have the broncos or saints beat? they both lost to the only top 10 teams they played.

  28. sullijo1 says: Oct 23, 2013 3:10 PM

    The Chiefs have not won a playoff game since 1993.

  29. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 23, 2013 3:23 PM

    blogatron2000 says:Oct 23, 2013 2:56 PM

    swaggyy says: Oct 23, 2013 2:50 PM

    Opponents combined records: 4-27. Ew
    ——————————————————

    So what’s your point?

    One of the qualities of a good team is that they keep losing teams losing.

    The Chiefs and Broncos have played 5 common opponents this year. I don’t see anybody questioning Denver’s strength of schedule.
    ——————————————————–

    I think his point is pretty clear…They’ve played the softest shedule in the league, and so have the Broncos. The Chiefs are that team in 2013 who catches their opponents at exactly their weakest moment, and until you play a quality team (besides those world beater Dallas Cowboys…lol) no one believes that your team is legit. That can change still, but don’t get all sensitive about it. It is what it is.

  30. dualprime says: Oct 23, 2013 3:25 PM

    jk86nfl says:
    Oct 23, 2013 2:35 PM
    It’s easy for your D to look good against mediocre offenses.

    At the beginning of the season the Chiefs played a healthy-Vick led Eagles team (that at the time was the toast of ESPN– “Expect 40 against the Chiefs!”) What happened?

    Later, the Tony Romo show walked into Arrowhead. Boys didn’t score more than 17 points.

    Two teams, with a lot of weapons, shut down by the #1 Defense in the NFL.
    ——————————–
    Beating Vick & Romo is setting the bar very high!

  31. kaperchoke says: Oct 23, 2013 3:29 PM

    To ALL the haters, as long as the Def is good, Alex Smith and Andy Reid will have No Problems winning and beating their opponents. Why else are they 7-0?

    It’s better than a team that has great offense and bad defense… If the offense stalls it’s over.

  32. dualprime says: Oct 23, 2013 3:30 PM

    6ball says:
    Oct 23, 2013 2:41 PM

    You can only play the teams on your schedule . The schedule is created by the NFL years in advance..
    —————————————-
    Schedules ARE NOT created years in advance. Chiefs have a weak schedule because they sucked last year and the AFC West as a whole wasn’t much better.

  33. oaktown49er says: Oct 23, 2013 3:33 PM

    I’m not a Chiefs fan, but as a Niner fan I want them to get to 8 wins so the 49ers get a second round pick (that’s a lock) I also still respect Alex Smith. The Chiefs can only beat who they play and at this point they’re doing that, so you gotta love it if you’re a KC fan.

  34. jdubkc says: Oct 23, 2013 3:39 PM

    thevza says: Oct 23, 2013 2:57 PM

    This year the Chiefs just might be the first team since Boise State to bust the BCS despite their soft schedule. Somehow I think the two-loss Patriots will still finish ranked above them.
    _________________________

    translation: “I’m butt hurt”

  35. realfootballfan says: Oct 23, 2013 3:44 PM

    Sometimes better to be lucky than good, but don’t tell the Chief fans. They have the best defense since the ’01 Ravens.

  36. judsonjr says: Oct 23, 2013 3:46 PM

    KC’s schedule has been weak, but if you look at all the teams with 2 or less losses…there aren’t really any great road wins by these teams. Only one of mention is probably the Colts going to SF and winning.

  37. phloorioisanarcissist says: Oct 23, 2013 3:55 PM

    Not playing Jake Locker helped, but playing Case Keenum IMO was worse for the Chiefs than playing Schaub. The Texans would have been lucky to score at all if he started. The only difference between the Broncos and the Chiefs, is the Chiefs win with great defense, and a mediocre offense, while the Broncos win with great offense and a mediocre defense. Remember K.C. has the youngest team in the league while Denver has one of the oldest. K.C. should be playing like this for many years. They can only get better.

  38. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 23, 2013 3:56 PM

    KC’s schedule is no fault of their own but there is no way to truly know how good this team is until Week 11 when they start playing playoff caliber teams.

    That 1 point homefield win over a 2-4 team with a undrafted QB starting his first game and having both their running backs going down exposed things a little. I watched Alex Smith since 2006 and he has improved the last couple of years but there is a reason 49ers traded him in the middle of a winning season.

  39. 6ball says: Oct 23, 2013 4:09 PM

    .

    @duelprime

    The use of capitals does not mean your facts are correct. The NFL schedule through 2019 is available.

    Next season the Chiefs will have home games vs their division opponents plus NE, NYJ, STL, SEA and the AFC south team which finishes in the same position as the Chiefs.

    One heck of a home schedule!

    .

  40. blogatron2000 says: Oct 23, 2013 4:13 PM

    assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 23, 2013 3:23 PM
    I think his point is pretty clear…They’ve played the softest shedule in the league, and so have the Broncos. The Chiefs are that team in 2013 who catches their opponents at exactly their weakest moment, and until you play a quality team (besides those world beater Dallas Cowboys…lol) no one believes that your team is legit. That can change still, but don’t get all sensitive about it. It is what it is.
    ——————————————————

    And my point is that until they lose to a team that they should have beaten they deserve the benefit of the doubt. The Eagles were perceived as a “quality” team when the Chiefs beat them but not so much at the moment. “Quality” is subjective, wins are not.

  41. wtfpft says: Oct 23, 2013 4:14 PM

    Chiefs fans sounds like they only get their information from local sports talk radio. “Great defenses” aren’t ranked 10th overall and 22nd in rushing. Just because you’ve racked up a bunch of sacks against the worst offensive lines in football, (Raiders, Eagles, Giants, Jacksonville, Houston) doesn’t make you “great”

    You are a product of one of the easiest schedules I can ever remember seeing, enjoy it while it last…(week 9)

  42. matt14gg says: Oct 23, 2013 4:44 PM

    Great story for a great football town, but they are in for a hard fall. They’re already playing way over their heads and that little three week run with two against Denver will be water finding its level. Each year there is a team or two that catches a lot breaks and makes the most of them. That’s KC but it isn’t going to last.

  43. laxcoach37 says: Oct 23, 2013 6:31 PM

    The Chiefs are this year’s “Atanta Falcons” rip throught the regular season super-easy schedule and then in shock to find themselves watching games in January from the couch like the rest of us.

  44. audient says: Oct 23, 2013 7:31 PM

    This Browns fan does not look forward to what will most likely happen this Sunday when the Browns play the Chiefs. But overall, it is heartening to see a team turn it around as the Chiefs have.

  45. waitstop says: Oct 23, 2013 11:11 PM

    I’m having a blast this year as a Chiefs fan. We’re finally beating the teams that we should. Our defense is finally getting to play games when they aren’t constantly behind or buried on field position. Offense isn’t great, but Andy Reid has only had one draft and one offseason to work on it. We’re playoff bound for sure and that’s going to be great. I don’t think we have the pieces yet to go deep into the playoffs, but this team is finally getting to where it should have been years ago. .

  46. professor59 says: Oct 24, 2013 12:04 AM

    It’s coincidences like these that will make Andy Reid Coach of the Year, hiding his incompetence until year #2.

  47. pabrownsfan says: Oct 24, 2013 9:48 AM

    This could be another very ugly game for Cleveland. The new quarterback can not do any worse at least.

  48. dualprime says: Oct 25, 2013 5:30 PM

    6ball says:
    Oct 23, 2013 4:09 Pm

    @duelprime

    The use of capitals does not mean your facts are correct. The NFL schedule through 2019 is available.

    Next season the Chiefs will have home games vs their division opponents plus NE, NYJ, STL, SEA and the AFC south team which finishes in the same position as the Chiefs.

    One heck of a home schedule!
    ———————————————————
    Here are some facts for you.

    Each team plays two intraconference games based on the prior year’s standings. For example, the first-place team in a division will play against the first-place team from another division within the same conference. The second place team in a division will play against the second-place team from another division within the same conference, etc…

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