The best part of this Chiefs team is that it has made significant improvements each week. Some of that is the low standard set in the opener, but most of it is a very good coaching staff finding its groove. It's one thing to gameplan against holes with the Dolphins. It's quite another to do it against Belichick and the Patriots.
Charles has had a game with at least two touchdown receptions and a touchdown run in each of the past two seasons. From 1960 to 2012, only two Chiefs players did that in a game. Charles has five games with multiple touchdowns in the past two seasons. Only Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints has more in that span, with six.
The Chiefs got 199 yards rushing, 28 more receiving, plus three touchdowns from running backs Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis, and this seemed to please Reid as much or more than anything. "It's a heck of a thing to bring [Charles] off the bench as a relief pitcher," Reid said. "He's a pretty good player."
Turnovers can be fickle, plentiful during some stretches and hard to come by during others. Perhaps the Patriots game starts a stretch of games that will see a flurry of turnovers. If so, the Chiefs might have something going defensively. They are creeping up in the statistical rankings and are 11th in yards allowed and eighth in points per game.
"You know, Andy man, he's a mastermind," Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe said. "The way he puts plays together, the way he calls them in the heat of the moment ... I can't even put it into words how he gets everybody involved so early, so fast."
"Tom Brady is still Tom Brady, but when you've got guys doing a great job downfield and everybody putting pressure on the quarterback - with everybody on the same page, it's easy to do," said outside linebacker Justin Houston, who finished with seven tackles, including two sacks.