The KC Chiefs most important statistic: Zero

Jamie Squire

From the FanPosts -Joel

The Chiefs are 4-0. They have doubled their win total from last year in the minimum number of games required to do so. Even if the Chiefs go 6-6 the rest of the way, they'll be a 10-6 team and likely a WIld Card in the AFC. (I don't think they lose six games this season, not with this defense.) But here's the most important stat from the Chiefs' 31-7 victory over the Giants:


As in, the Chiefs had a neutral turnover ratio against the Giants. The defense forced Eli and Co. into three turnovers, and the offense coughed the ball up three times themselves.

After last week, the Chiefs were +9 in TO margin. The offense had yet to give the ball away, while the defense was forcing turnovers left and right. We all knew that the offense was eventually going to turn the ball over, it was inevitable. Because the offense is this team's weak link, the question was when the offense eventually did turn the ball over, will it cost them games?

The answer, at least yesterday, is no. The Chiefs got 7 points off of the Giants' turnovers, the Giants' zero off the Chiefs'. This defense is good enough that they can cover for the offense when it makes mistakes. That's huge, and something the Chiefs haven't had in recent years.

What is comforting is that the Chiefs' three turnovers yesterday felt like an aberration rather than the norm. No offense to Matt Cassel (well, actually, offense to Cassel) but it's nice to have a QB whose calling card is turnover free ball. Alex Smith threw an uncharacteristic two interceptions against the Giants, and I doubt we're going to see very many games like that from him.

I don't know that the Chiefs are going to be able to win games when they lose the turnover battle, but luckily I don't think we're going to find out, either.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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