The Kansas City Chiefs are now 4-3 after starting the season 0-2. Things are starting to shape up nicely and as you'd expect there are some fun stats with the Chiefs, particularly the defense.
For no reason other than they're fun to look at, here are a handful of stats that stand out:
- No. 3 in points allowed (18.3)
- No. 3 in yards allowed (308.6)
- No. 3 in third down percentage (33 percent)
- No. 1 passing yards (195.7)
- No. 4 in sacks (24)
- No. 1 in rushing TDs allowed (ZERO)
The passing yards stand out. Who would have guessed at this point in the season the Chiefs would have the No. 1 pass defense by yards? And that they would have done it largely without Eric Berry and after they benched starting CB Marcus Cooper?
Remember that the secondary was one of the biggest concerns heading into the season. Obviously, these are just stats. We all know there are flaws. They're not the NFL's best secondary. But the point remains that the Chiefs secondary is playing better than expected.
- No. 11 in points scored (25.1)
- No. 3 in third down percentage (50 percent)
- No. 2 in penalty yards (298)
The third down percentage stands out the most to me. I am so used to the Chiefs being so bad on third down for so long. The Chiefs are behind the Cowboys and Saints and ahead of the Chargers and Broncos in that category. That's pretty nice company through the first half of the season, and it plays into their strategy of keeping the ball out of the hands of the Philip Rivers and Peyton Mannings of the world.