I guess they should play at Wembley every week. To the delight of both international Chiefs fans and the travelling KC contingent, the Chiefs dominated on both sides of the ball, delivering their most complete team performance of 2015 in a 45-10 blowout win.
Alex Smith threw for two touchdowns, one each to Maclin and Kelce, had over 80 yards rushing and added another score on the ground. Charcandarick West also had another nice game filling in for Charles, as he rushed for just short of 100 yards while adding a touchdown of his own. The defense made sure they didn’t miss out on the fun either, as they got after Lions quarterback Matt Stafford, sacking him six times and forcing him into throwing two interceptions.
The game itself was nearly over by halftime as the Chiefs raced out into a 24-3 lead. After giving up a field goal on the opening drive, Knile Davis returned the ensuing kick-off 50 yards to set up the Chiefs in great field position. Eight plays later De’Anthony Thomas sped around the edge of the defense for a 10-yard score. Then, after the Lions punted the ball away to end the first quarter, the Chiefs soon added to their lead. Smith scrambled for a 49-yard gain on the first play of the drive, before capping the drive off with another scramble, this time for a 12-yard score.
A Chiefs field goal was sandwiched between back-to-back interceptions for the defense and after the Chiefs got the ball back for a second time, they quickly added their third touchdown of the day. Completions to Thomas and West helped move the Chiefs down to the Lions red-zone and thanks to some great blocking upfront and some nifty moves from West, the back scampered into the endzone from 8 yards out.
The second half continued in much the same vein as the first, as the Chiefs added a further three touchdowns though Jeremy Maclin, Travis Kelce and Spencer Ware, while the defense continued to hold an inept Lions offense at bay until a late touchdown pass from Matt Stafford to Lance Moore.
Overall, this was a very encouraging performance for the Chiefs. The O-Line play looks much improved over a couple of weeks ago, West looks a very capable replacement for an injured Jamaal Charles and the defense is starting to ramp up the pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
The win also gives the Chiefs have back-to-back victories for the first time in nearly a year, improves their record to 3-5 and may have given fans the belief that the playoffs are still in reach. One thing is for sure after this performance, the players most definitely still believe.