The Chiefs have gotten a bit of help from the fates recently as they’ve faced several inexperienced and backup quarterbacks in a row, but there are plenty of teams that stumble against such opposition.
Kansas City has still avoided any stumbles, although they made it as tight as could be against the Browns on Sunday. The Chiefs held on for a 23-17 victory over the Browns thanks to a defense that made it a non-factor that the offense didn’t score any points in the second half until an insurance field goal with 22 seconds left to play.
It wasn’t the kind of overwhelming effort we’ve come to expect from the Chiefs this season as they sacked Jason Campbell just once and didn’t force any turnovers. The K.C. special teams did force one, though, recovering a fumble by Davone Bess on a punt in the fourth quarter and then milking another three-plus minutes off the clock before punting the ball back to Cleveland.
Bess had an awful day all around, dropping three passes to go with the fumble. One of those came on fourth down later in the fourth quarter to set up the Josh Succop field goal that accounted for the final margin of victory. Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron combined for nine catches and 213 yards, which were the majority of the yards the Browns gained all day. Along with their own defensive performance, that’s why the Browns were in the game until the final minutes and it gives the Browns something to build around on offense unless they trade Gordon before Tuesday’s deadline.
The Chiefs offense did what it normally does and rode Jamaal Charles without turning the ball over. They did give up six sacks, however, and they weren’t able to come up with a play that gained more than 28 yards all day. That lack of explosiveness could catch up with them at some point in the future, but, for now, the Chiefs are undefeated with the second half of the season right around the corner.