So, about those five seconds. Smith sees the read he wants — single coverage on Hill, with no safety over the top. He takes a short drop back and makes a trust throw high and long, believing that his guy will win the play. When Smith throws, Saints cornerback Ken Crawley is three or four yards closer to the ball's landing spot than Hill.
"Alex just told me to run as fast as I can," Hill said.
It sounds simple: when he gets healthy. Jamaal Charles was limited in practice Friday due to swelling in his knee, and you have to remember, he's still coming off an ACL tear. Sometimes the recovery process for those can be a bit up and down. The key thing to remember is that the Chiefs like the other two backs on their active roster, and probably won't feel compelled to play Charles much if his knee is giving him any trouble whatsoever. What's important is that Jamaal is healthy and feeling good for the stretch run in December. If you own Jamaal in fantasy, I'd probably hesitate to play him until he has a big game.
The tally now reaches 45 pass attempts since the last quarterback sack against Smith. He’s still the same quarterback who went down 13 times in the first four games of the season, or once every 13 passes attempts.
Over the past two weeks, quarterback Alex Smith has completed 36 of 46 (78 percent) for 438 yards and two touchdowns. For those counting, that means Smith is averaging 9.5 yards per passing attempt over the last two games, which is third-best in the NFL over that span.
"I kind of seen his foot was on the white line," rookie cornerback Ken Crawley said. "I mean, they're at their house, so most likely they're going to get all the calls." Most teams around the league typically choose to play it safe with a screen or draw play when faced with a third-and-long deep in their own territory.
Meanwhile, safety Eric Berry jarred the ball loose as he went for the interception — something he came close enough to snagging himself that cornerback Marcus Peters teased Berry alongside by saying he should have picked it.
"But ain't nothing wrong with a little alley-oop," Peters said.
But Chiefs coach Andy Reid said that Charles, who has appeared in three games after missing the first three of the season, wasn't going to see much action Sunday, especially after Ware was having success.
"We had our silent cadence going like we normally do anytime on the road," Brees said. "We were flinching a bit too much on occasion."
But the Chiefs are convinced the lung capacity of the crowd listed at 76,282 helped along the flinching and played a role in disrupting the Saints, who were called for four false starts and a delay of game penalty.
"Just those guys getting better as a group," Smith said. "Those guys are playing as a unit and communicating well, getting more and more comfortable with what they're doing. A lot goes into protection. I certainly think the last two weeks have set a tone for us in the run and pass."
The Chiefs rushed for 112 yards against the Saints, with Spencer Ware bulling for 77.
Fairley, playing days after the death of his mother, declined to speak after the game, but one of his teammates was critical of the penalty. "Teams that do that end up at home come playoff time," safety Kenny Vaccaro said. "You can't do that stuff. That's a stupid play."
Sorensen took the interception on a hip-swiveling 48-yard touchdown return to give the Kansas City Chiefs the lead over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. He later added a sack, finished with six tackles and had another pass defended in a 27-21 Chiefs victory. "We actually had a talk about that this week. He's a heck of an athlete," Berry said. "We ask him to do a lot of things and he does them very well. It's all about finding that rhythm."
The Chiefs are also in the early stages of the softest portion of the schedule. Their next four games are against the Colts, Jaguars, Panthers and Buccaneers, and they don’t play a game against an opponent that looks like a true playoff contender until Nov. 27.