Chiefs' Andy Reid Has Experience With 7-0 Starts from KC Star
In fact, all 31 NFL teams that have started 7-0 in the Super Bowl era that began in 1966 have reached the playoffs, and 15 advanced to the Super Bowl. Nine won the Super Bowl.
The Eagles' winning streak to start the 2004 season ended with a 27-3 loss at Pittsburgh. Then the Eagles ripped off another six straight wins that clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs before losing their last two in a 13-3 season.
If the 2013 season ended today, the Chiefs, as the only unbeaten team left in the NFL, would have home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
Andy Reid's Monday Presser And Transcript from The Mothership
Q: What are the two defensive ends doing that we don't see or talk about, or what is their contribution?
REID: "Actually (Mike) DeVito got one of the game balls the week before. He had the five tackles, so he's playing tremendous football. I will put my money on (Tyson) Jackson as being one of the smartest defensive linemen in the National Football League, just knowing what's going on prior to the snap. I'm not sure I've been around one that quite has that feel that he has. He's very intelligent. I don't know what his GPA was or anything like that, I'm just telling you football-wise, he is a sharp cookie. I enjoy both of those two and how they go about their business. Both of them are tough to block and love to play, which is important. Neither of them want to come out of the game; those guys are fighting to play, stay in the game and play. It's neat to be around."
Week 7 Win In Stats, Highlights And Quotes from The Mothership
Jamaal Charlesrecorded 123 yards from scrimmage and one rushing touchdown in Sunday's game, marking his seventh-straight game with at least 100 yards from scrimmage and at least one touchdown. He joins Pro Football Hall of Fame RB O.J. Simpson (1975) as the only two players in NFL history to record at least 100-scrimmage yards and one touchdown in each of the first seven games of a season.
Charles now has 898-scrimmage yards for the season (561 rushing, 337 receiving).
"It feels real good," Charles said after the win. "I'm just blessed that we win games and that we continue to win and that we have a defense that fights and saves the offense, but we've still got to play consistently and keep on putting points on the board, so our defense doesn't have to do that every week."
The Chiefs' remaining schedule includes three teams with winning records, and they all have flaws: the Broncos have given up 87 points to their last two NFL opponents^, the Chargers have lost to three teams the Chiefs have beaten, and the Colts lost last week against a Chargers team that did pretty much what the Chiefs are good at.
^ The total is 106 in three games if you insist on counting the Jaguars.
I'm not saying the Chiefs are going to the Super Bowl, or 16-0, or whatever. I'm just saying that as strengths go, the Chiefs defense is very badass.
S is for symmetry: For the second time this season against a former employer, Quintin Demps had a 57-yard kickoff return. He had one of the same distance in Philadelphia.
T is for targeted, which the Chiefs suddenly have become: "When you're ringing off as many victories as we have back to back to back, everybody's gunning for you, so we've got to continue to stand up," cornerback Dunta Robinson said. "Everybody wants to be the team that knocks your off of your undefeated streak."
Chiefs Help Improve Local Youth Stadium from The Mothership
"The Chiefs have been ardent supporters of the NFL Grassroots Grant program and helping youth reach their fullest potential is extremely important," Gary Spani, Chiefs Hall of Fame linebacker and current Director of Special Events, commented.
Since 1999, the Chiefs have raised $2,180,000 for local youth field construction, renovations and refurbishments and have worked closely with the LISC as well.
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Deal with it, people.
The Chiefs are 7-0, yet in the eyes of critics, they're hardly perfect. Sure, there are flaws, like the lack of an explosive passing attack. And I won't suggest that the Chiefs are better suited for a sustained playoff run than their AFC West rivalBroncos. But you shouldn't count out, disrespect or discredit Kansas City. That'd be unfair. That'd be missing out on one of the great turnarounds in NFL history, as the Chiefs have gone from last-place laughingstock to legitimate force.
Chiefs Are Enjoying That Unbeaten Feeling from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
* The Chiefs are the first team in NFL history to start 7-0 after having the worst record the previous season. The 1956 Lions won their first six games.
* Alex Smith joined Dieter Brock of the 1985 Rams as the only quarterbacks to win their first seven games with a new team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.
* The Chiefs have 35 sacks, and are on pace to break the NFL's single-season record of 72 set by the 1984 Bears. Kansas City has not allowed more than 17 points in a game this season.
* Running back Jamaal Charles has at least 100 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in every game this season. O.J. Simpson in 1975 is the only other player to accomplish that feat.
Chiefs' Reid: Way Too Early To Start Looking At Records And Standings from FS Kansas City
When it was mentioned that all of the previous 31 teams that started the season 7-0 in the Super Bowl era have made the playoffs, and 15 of those reached the Super Bowl, Reid just rolled his eyes.
His eyes kept rolling when he was asked to compare this Chiefs' team with the 2004 Eagles' team that started 7-0 and reached the Super Bowl.
"I haven't even thought about that or gotten into that," he said. "I've said it before: If you can just focus on what you can control and look at your week -- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday -- and what you have to accomplish those days, and you stay true to that, you'll be OK."
You ready for the ride? It's going to be a wild one no matter how it turns out. The Chiefs are going to take every opponent's best shot, though after watching the battered Houston Texans almost leave Arrowhead Stadium with a victory on Sunday, you probably already knew that.
Not sure how potent of a shot the Cleveland Browns are capable of delivering when they come to Arrowhead this weekend. The Chiefs then get the Bills in Buffalo and have their bye before heading to Denver on Nov. 17 for the first of their two meetings with the Broncos.
Keeler On Fasano, Fourth-And-Goal And The Joy Of 7-0 from FS Kansas City
Seven straight weeks, seven straight wins. Big deal, or big freaking awesome deal?
Big, SUPER freaking awesome deal. But even better, the Denver Broncos lost. It's probably too soon to be talking Super Bowl, but it's not too soon to be talking about possible paths to get there. Home-field advantage guarantees you nothing -- the Chiefs bowed out in their postseason openers at Arrowhead Stadium in '95, '97, '03 and '10, after all -- but it sure as hell helps your odds, historically: Since 2002, the host team in the NFL playoffs has won 61 percent of the time; in the past decade, three teams have won the three road games in the postseason it takes for a wild-card team to reach the promised land.
Andy Reid Should Keep Trusting Instinct from ESPN
It's easy to like unorthodox decisions when they work, as they did for the Chiefs that day. Reid accepted a New York penalty and erased a Ryan Succop field goal that would have put the Chiefs ahead 20-7. They drove for a touchdown and a 24-7 lead.
Reid made a couple more decisions in Sunday's 17-16 win against Houston that went against the book and this time, neither one worked out. That's OK, because I still believe they were the right things to do.
Broncos Lose To Colts; Chiefs Stay Undefeated; Injuries Strike Quarterbacks: NFL Week 7 Storylines from The Cleveland Plain Dealer
The outlook is much different for the Chiefs in 2013, with ESPN's Jeffri Chadiha saying Kansas City has the look of a championship team:This Kansas City squad -- a team currently on its way to winning 13 or 14 regular-season games -- is starting to bear a striking resemblance to Super Bowl winners that thrived with limited offenses and suffocating defenses. The 2000 Baltimore Ravens rode that wave to a championship. The 2001 New England Patriots did the same thing, as did the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. These are just the teams that walked away with Lombardi Trophies, but you get the point. The Chiefs are not swimming in uncharted waters here.
Good news, Browns fans: Your team is traveling to Kansas City next Sunday to take on the Chiefs.
Texas Mom: Chiefs Fans Were Rude And Unruly from FOX4KC
"We were flicked off, more times than I can count, beer thrown on us from the section above, they chanted how much Houston sucked, and on and on," Dowling posted on Facebook, according to KHOU.com. "I think I will stay in Houston next time. If I'm gonna spend my money, it will be in a city that is a little more hospitable. I love a little friendly rivalry, but this wasn't friendly. However, I still had a great time with my kids, and again, I am so proud of my Texans!"
Chiefs Of The League from The Pro Football Hall Of Fame
The Kansas City Chiefs' remarkable turnaround continued in Week 7. The Chiefs downed the Houston Texans on Sunday to improve to 7-0. With the Denver Broncos' defeat on Sunday night, Kansas City stands alone as the NFL's only unbeaten team in 2013 after finishing with a league worst 2-14 record last season.
Upon Further Review: Kansas City Chiefs from ESPN
The Chiefs lost the turnover battle for the first time this season, committing two while the Texans coughed up the ball just once. The Texans' turnover, quarterback Case Keenum's fumble with less than two minutes remaining, was the crucial one because it killed what eventually proved to be Houston's last possession. The Texans started just one possession in Kansas City territory while the Chiefs started two on Houston's side of the field.
When you're the only unbeaten team in the National Football League - it's even hard for me talk smack about our Kansas City Chiefs. But there's something I want to, run by you.
I can't let Andy Reid completely off the hook for the call early in the fourth quarter -- his decision to go for it: 4th and one at the goal line.
Around The NFL: Chiefs Still Perfect, Broncos Get 1st Loss, Gronk's Returned Spoiled from CBS Los Angeles
Kansas City is just playing complete game after complete game without fail, and it doesn't look as if they really have a weak spot anywhere on the team. The same can't be said for Houston who is on their third quarterback of the season and fell to 2-4.
The Kansas City Chiefs hot start to this season is getting fans pumped up and opening up their wallets.
Fans don't have to be inside Arrowhead Stadium to feel the Chiefs fever.
"Everybody's cheering together, everybody's hollering together. It is a great experience to be out with other fans," Chiefs fan Donna Gordon said.
Rex Ryan Just Saved The NFL from The Wall Street Journal
A few short months ago, Rex Ryan seemed to be playing out the string on his coaching career with the New York Jets. His team was a shambles. In other news, the New Orleans Saints appeared to have the world's most miserable defense and the Kansas City Chiefs were so lousy that people had run out of jokes.
So much for all of that. As of this weekend, Ryan's bone-shattering defense-which is something of a family heirloom-was back atop the football world, having stopped the New England Patriots in overtime on Sunday. But what's really amazing is what's happened to the Saints and the Chiefs: Rex Ryan has somehow saved them, too.
Week 7: Decisive Moments from MMQB
Texans second-year quarterback Case Keenum did a lot of things right in his first career start, especially at formidable Arrowhead Stadium against the league's top pass defense. But there were moments when his inexperience showed, and this key third down was an example of that.
The Chiefs did a nice job of not giving a clean picture to Keenum of how they were going to bring pressure, with six players near the line of scrimmage. It looked as if the Texans thought they had hat-on-a-hat (one blocker for every rusher) with inside linebacker Akeem Jordan (55) and safety Eric Berry (29) accounted for, and outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) apparently in coverage against slot receiver Lestar Jean . But the Chiefs ran a first zone exchange, with Jordan faking a rush then spying Keenum, Berry dropping into tight end Garrett Graham (88), and Hali rushing the quarterback.
10 Thoughts From The Chiefs To The Leafs from The Toronto Star
Boy, Otis Taylor must be having a heck of a year:It's been easy to forget over the past, oh, four decades that the Kansas City Chiefs were once an NFL powerhouse driven by a very influential owner. Similarly, the last few years in Philly made it very easy to forget that Andy Reid was regarded as one of the finest minds in football. Now the Chiefs at 7-0 and Reid looks brilliant again, with Chip Kelly finding all sorts of problems with the Eagles.
We love what what Andy Reid has accomplished, getting the Kansas City Chiefs to 7-0 -- the NFL's final undefeated team after Denver's loss Sunday night at Indy.
But in four of those wins, QB Alex Smith has not thrown a touchdown pass -- including Sunday's near-miss against the Texans. In fact, Smith has not thrown a TD pass in his past three games.
It's hard to imagine an NFL QB could throw 104 consecutive passes over three weeks, win all three games and never connect for a score. Indirectly related, the Chiefs' scoring is on a steady decline over the past three games (26, 24, 17). Can the Chiefs continue winning with those two factors at work?
NFL Week 8 Picks: Bengals Over Jets, Lions Over Cowboys from CBS Sports
In the past two weeks, the Kansas City defense has totaled 15 sacks in wins over Oakland and Houston. Raiders quarterbackTerrelle Pryor, who's arguably 91 times more mobile than Brandon Weeden, was sacked 10 times by the Chiefs. What I'm trying to say here is that I don't like Weeden's chances against Kansas City and if for some reason Jason Campbell starts for Cleveland, I don't like his chances either. Chiefs 20-13 over the Browns.
Injuries Claim Several Stars Around The NFL from The Los Angeles Times
In the meantime, the Chiefs will look to continue their run at home against Cleveland on Sunday, facing a Browns team that has lost two games in a row after winning three consecutive games.
For what it's worth, Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson provided the Chiefs with a bit of bulletin-board material Monday, in the wake of Cleveland's 31-13 loss to Green Bay.
"We're built to go through this," Jackson said. "We'll be fine. We're going to go out Sunday and I'm more than confident we're going to come out of there with a win. I really am."
In every season since 2000, the NFL's last undefeated team went on to advance to the playoffs. Nearly half played in the Super Bowl. But only one - the 2006 Indianapolis Colts - would hoist the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the year.
NFL Run & Shootaround: All Part Of The Plan from Grantland
Keenum gets sacked inside the Texans' 5-yard line by Tamba Hali - who jars the ball loose. Linebacker Derrick Johnson scoops it up and Vegas sportsbooks shake from a brief moment of false hope (I'm just guessing; I know my living room did). But it was not meant to be, as Johnson was accidentally upended by a Texans lineman who gets credited with the tackle at the 1-yard line.
Houston had no timeouts remaining, which meant it was a no-brainer for Andy Reid to send out the offense to take three kneel-downs and end the game. This meant a big Chiefs' win, and an even bigger win for Vegas. With the money he saved the sportsbooks, Reid can now eat free buffet crab legs for life at the various casinos that benefited from his benevolence ... OK, not for life - that would send Vegas belly-up - but certainly for a good 20 minutes.