The defense showed out on Sunday in a 34-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders in what was a homecoming for both Marcus Peters and Tyvon Branch–a former Raider himself.
Peters continued his tremendous rookie season with an interception which led to the go-ahead touchdown, while Branch finished off the rival Raiders with a pick six late in the fourth quarter.
The Chiefs (7-5) have now won six in a row and are as hot as any team in the NFL other than the undefeated Carolina Panthers.
After a dreadful 1-5 start and a season-ending injury to Jamaal Charles, Kansas City’s offense has come alive, averaging 32 points per game over its win streak and defensively, giving up just 13.5 points per game.
Alex Smith, without the use of his star running back, has been an entirely different beast for the Chiefs. Not only has Smith scored touchdowns and made plays with his legs–which he has done throughout his career–but the ball has been thrown down-field more often than at any point since his arrival in Kansas City.
With Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelcy as weapons in the passing game, Andy Reid has looked to make plays outside of the normal running game and screen passes, which has proven to be quite successful.
As impressive as the offense has been, the Chiefs defense has been equally as stout.
In the fourth quarter alone, KC turned three interceptions into three touchdowns. After falling behind 20-6, KC stormed back by getting stops and running efficient offense on a day where field conditions were subpar in Oakland.
After two of the three picks, Alex Smith capitalized by tossing two touchdown passes to Maclin and the Chiefs were well on their way to spoiling the fun for Raiders fans.
With four games left–three at home–the Chiefs face a relatively easy path to finish out the year. The Chargers, Ravens, Browns, and Raiders all await the Chiefs, and each of KC’s final opponents have struggled this season, particularly Cleveland and the Raiders.
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