Because one team’s in a major East Coast media market, with a name-brand quarterback and a shiny new coach, the attention from last night’s game has skewed toward the Eagles losing it.
But thanks to a defense that should start getting more notice, soon, the Chiefs actually won it, improving to 3-0.
The Chiefs forced four turnovers, scored on one of them and sacked Eagles quarterback Michael Vick five times in a 26-16 win. So while it might not be as visually interesting as Chip Kelly’s offensive stylings, for a night, it was more effective.
“It doesn’t matter what everyone else thinks,” linebacker Justin Houston said, via Adam Teicher of ESPN.com. “We’re just going to keep rolling. We’re on a mission. We have a bigger goal in mind.”
Houston in particular appears inspired, with 3.5 more sacks last night to give him a league-high 6.5.
“There is no limit for him,” nose tackle Dontari Poe said. “You can tell he wants it.”
And while many would want more recognition, the Chiefs are adopting that lack of acknowledgement as part of their motivation.
“We don’t need anyone else outside of our group telling us how good we are,” cornerback Sean Smith said. “We know how hard we practice, how hard we work and how well our talents complement each other.”
If you’re going to have a play-it-safe, clutch-and-grab offense, you have to complement it with an aggressive defense. So far, the Chiefs have.