KANSAS CITY MO - SEPTEMBER 26: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers passes the ball while under pressure from Mike Vrabel #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 26 2010 in Kansas City Missouri. The Chiefs won 31-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Today, we're talking about five good stats from the Chiefs' win over the 49ers on Sunday. After reviewing the stats, here are five areas Kansas City excelled in against San Francisco:
- Points scored;
- Improvement from WR Dwayne Bowe;
- Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones rushing the ball;
- Sacks; and,
- Red zone percentage.
Check out more details on these and a game ball of the week, after the jump.
Of course, scoring more points is a good stat. However, the Chiefs had only scored more than 30 points five times since the 2007 NFL season. That makes the 31 points put up against San Francisco that much more encouraging that the Chiefs' offense is producing so early in the season. Keep an eye on points this season. I think the results will be much different than the last few seasons.
Dwayne Bowe's Improvement
Bowe has yet to have a breakout game in 2010 but he has been steadily improving over the course of the Chiefs' three games this season.
Bowe has been targeted the same number of times each game by QB Matt Cassel - five. But he's turned those five looks a game into more yards each week. Bowe has earned 13, 44 and 61 yards respectively this year. Hopefully he can continue at least improving, if not busting out soon.
JC and TJ
Yes, we all know that Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles are leading the most potent rushing attack in the NFL. But did you know that Charles' 97 yards and Jones' 95 yards last Sunday gave the Chiefs the #7 and #11 leading rushers in the NFL?
The Kansas City Chiefs sacked 49ers quarterback Alex Smith five times on Sunday, giving KC eight sacks for the year. That's a big deal because last year KC had only 22 sacks all seasons. And of course you remember the Chiefs' magic sack number from 2008 - ten.
Improved rushing, improved pass rush....Gotta love it.
Kansas City is a full 25% ahead of the NFL average for scoring in the Red Zone. The Chiefs score 75% of the time they enter the red zone, compared to the NFL average of nearly 50%. This isn't a major stat however because the Chiefs have only been in the red zone four times this year.
Any other stats I missed that were good for KC?
Game ball of the week
And with these five good stats, we're giving our game ball to....Tamba Hali! How could it be any different with the AFC defensive player of the week?