You can usually tell by the mood of the post-game locker room how the Kansas City Chiefs expected a game to go. After the Monday Night Football game against the San Diego Chargers, it was like a party because, frankly, I'm not sure many people expected that. After the Buffalo Bills overtime victory, it was like a huge sigh of relief in the room.
And after the Chiefs 31-13 victory over the Arizona Cardinals it was...business as usual.
DE Glenn Dorsey says they got back to basics this week. "You know it all starts up front," Dorsey says after the game. He said from technique to strength to how he lines up, they got back to what they did best. They didn't change anything.
RB Jamaal Charles and RB Thomas Jones combined for 159 rushing yards. Charles says he was just happy to be back at home in Arrowhead Stadium playing in front of the fans and that the Cardinals were focused on stopping the run throughout the game (it didn't work). Jones said after the game that it's always easier playing with a lead. "It's less stressful," he says.
Shaun Smith lined up at fullback, which was not business as usual. He actually lined up there twice -- the Chiefs scored on one of the plays. "50-50 isn't too bad," he said after the game, while encouraging Charlie Weis to give him the ball next time.
Everything else about this game was business as usual. The running backs were able to move the ball well. Matt Cassel found Dwayne Bowe in the end zone twice, which is becoming a trend. Even my pregame prediction of 27-10 was really close.
Welcome back, consistent KC Chiefs. It's been a few weeks since we've seen you guys.