The upcoming three-game stretch provides the Chiefs with a convenient opportunity to put even more distance between themselves and many of the conference rivals. The Chiefs face the 3-2 Steelers on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, followed by an Oct. 19 Thursday night game against the Raiders in Oakland and an Oct. 30 Monday night game against the Broncos at Arrowhead.
And there's more. The Chiefs like their multiple-tight-end formations. They're fourth in the league in snaps with two tight ends on the field (81) and 12th with three tight ends (19).
The Chiefs have also been good with more tight ends than just Kelce on the field. They run the ball very well with additional tight ends (5.6 yards per carry with two, 11.83 with three). They have four touchdowns with two tight ends in their lineup, which is tied for the league lead.
“Kareem Hunt definitely makes this offense completely different,” Palmer said. “I was in that locker room Friday and Tyreek Hill told me what they see from the receiving position with Kareem Hunt on the field, what they see from the defense is vastly different than what they were seeing last year.
“I look forward every year to beating the Chiefs because that’s where I’m from,” Ray told the Afternoon Drive on Monday afternoon. “To beat them every year and hear my family talk and whine and take [the Chiefs] off their high horse, that’s what I live for. I want to beat ‘em.”
The Kansas City Chiefs seem to be willing to overlook Marcus Peters' distractions because of his talent and big role on the team.
"Like many of our fans," Goodell wrote, "we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us.
“If you know my coach (running backs’ coach Eric Bieniemy), you know that’s the most important thing,” West explained of his pass protection. “I mean, he knows we can all run the ball, but he focuses big on protecting the quarterback. He tells us if you can’t protect the quarterback, you can’t play.
“I can’t even go to Walmart,” said Hunt said with a laugh during in a recent phone interview. “I mean, I need groceries.”
Using Elo, our pet metric for judging a team’s strength at any given moment, we can trace the various incarnations of the Chiefs week by week in NFL history. Their current Elo rating of 1701 is the highest it has been since the team hit its all-time peak rating of 1775 after defeating the Vikings in Super Bowl IV. Of the 899 weeks for which we have Elo data on this team, there are only eight in which Kansas City’s rating was higher than it is right now — and all of them came in that 1969 campaign, in the last year of the AFL. Move over, Len Dawson, make room for Alex Smith.
Jhabvala: I’m hesitant to declare the Raiders out. It’s too early and if/when Derek Carr miraculously comes back after suffering a back injury against the Broncos, they could easily storm back. What’s more: The Broncos face a grueling 12-game stretch that includes consecutive road games at Los Angeles, Kansas City and Philadelphia following their meeting with the depleted Giants on Sunday.
"The only question they've left is whether (quarterback) Alex Smith or (running back) Kareem Hunt is the MVP so far," said Pro Football Talk's Charean Williams.