"We were all on the same page, both up front and everyone in the secondary," linebacker Justin March-Lillard said. "That was the big thing last week, not being on the same page. So we all were this week and you know what? It showed."
The Chiefs got pushed around by the Chargers but dug in against the Texans, especially nose tackle Dontari Poe, who contributed two run stops and a total of five tackles while receiving the Chiefs' highest defensive grade of the game by Pro Football Focus.
"After I woke up from fainting, I was like, 'You’ve got to be kidding me,'" Favre said. "All I could think about was, 'We are going to meet forever because Andy was such a grinder.' Everyone loved Andy but, man, everyone else was going home and the tight ends are still in meetings. "Then I started thinking, 'What is Andy going to teach me about how to be a better quarterback? This guy played offensive line at BYU."
LT Ryan Clady: He’s no stranger to the AFC West. Clady, 30, spent his first seven seasons with the Denver Broncos before getting traded to the Jets before the draft. Overall, they’re happy with him, but he’s coming off a shaky game in which he allowed one sack and five quarterback hurries, according to Pro Football Focus. He also had a holding penalty.
"I got blocked, in my back," James said Tuesday inside the Texans' locker room. "So, you get blocked in your back and you fall. Nah man, this ain't basketball. It's kind of hard to flop in football."
Smith’s go-to weapons are WR Jeremy Maclin and TE Travis Kelce. Over the past two seasons, Kelce has caught 139 balls for 1,737 yards and scored 10 TDs. The 6’5", 260-pounder has 11 catches for 108 yards through two weeks, but Kelce yet to find the end zone. Maclin came over from Philadelphia last offseason, where Reid coached him for four years. In his first season with Kansas City, the Missouri product hauled in 87 catches for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns. This season, Maclin has 131 yards and a touchdown to his name.
"I think the run fits were good. We held our lanes, our gaps. It was great gap control there. But at the same time, we were working on penetration and playing on the other side of the ball. It started with [Dontari] Poe and it kind of worked its way around from there. I thought everybody played a pretty solid game in the run game there. Can you do better? Yeah. We can always do better. But I was pleased with the way that part of the game went."