Five Good Stats From The Kansas City Chiefs Loss To The Houston Texans

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 17: Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs is brought down by strong safety Bernard Pollard #31 of the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 17 2010 in Houston Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

I hate having to say this two weeks in a row but the Kansas City Chiefs had some great stats in a road loss. The Houston Texans won the game 35-31 but the Chiefs did plenty of things right in the game.

I picked out the five stats I thought were the best and they all ended up being on offense.

Here are five good stats with five bad stats to come this afternoon.

228 yards rushing

Believe it or not, this was the third best rushing game this decade for the Chiefs.

Thomas Jones got up to 100 yards on 19 carries while Jamaal Charles added 93 on 16 carries. The rushing attack was there all game and it gave Cassel a chance to complete some key plays.

The Chiefs lead the NFL in rushing.

Completion percentage

One of the reasons I've been a Matt Cassel doubter is because he wasn't doing the minimum to be a good quarterback. In my mind, that's completing 60 percent of your passes.

On Sunday against the Texans, he completed 20-of-29 passes for a smooth 69 percent.

If Cassel has more days completing 69 percent of his passes the Chiefs are going to be a very, very difficult team to beat.

Dwayne Bowe's day

The Chiefs passing game isn't consistent by any means so that's why it's so important that Cassel establishes a connection with someone. Ideally, that someone is the No. 1 receiver.

Dwayne Bowe had an excellent day with multiple key third down conversions en route to a 108-yard, two touchdown day against the Texans.

Bowe's second touchdown -- a 42-yard catch and run -- was an excellent example of the Chiefs fundamental play as he got a block down field that sprung him to the end zone.

Third down percentage

Can we appreciate how nice it was to see the Chiefs convert 9-of-16 third downs? They were among the worst in the NFL on third down but they showed up in a big way on Sunday.

We'll see more offensive performances like that if they can continue to keep drives alive.

Consistent, long offensive drives

Prior to Week 6, the Chiefs had just one drive all year of four-plus plays and 63-plus yards that resulted in a touchdown.

They had four of those on Sunday against the Texans.

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