For instance, consider what running back Charcandrick West had to say after Smith connected with him for two touchdown passes — including an ad-libbed 8-yard throw on which Smith had roamed to his left before planting and firing the ball back to his right in the end zone.
“He’s coming in with a point to prove; I feel like he’s got a point to prove, you know?” West said. “We all know the situation here. We ain’t got to talk about that. He’s coming in, he’s making a lot of decisions hard for a lot of people.”
The Chiefs have had some good teams over the years, but at least since the turn of the century their fatal flaw has always been their imbalance. They had Dick Vermeil’s offense, but also Dick Vermeil’s defense. They had Justin Houston and a top defense, but the Sonic version of Dwayne Bowe as their best receiver on offense.
This group is different. At this moment, depending on what you think of the still injured Parker Ehinger, right tackle Mitchell Schwartz is the only healthy starter on the offensive line, but Hunt went over 100 yards for the fourth time in five games and Smith was hit just three times and sacked once.
2. Charcandrick West - What a night for the back up running back. All the attention has been given to Kareem Hunt this year. West has lived an anonymous 2017 so far...until Sunday Night. He had a huge block and 2 touchdowns in the first half. He was a big time player for the Chiefs giving them another weapon to account for in 2017.
Conley is not a big producer with a lot of stats but he plays almost every snap for the Chiefs on offense (other receivers don’t). I’m guessing the Chiefs will have Demarcus Robinson and perhaps Jehu Chesson seeing more time on offense.
I think Albert Wilson and Demarcus Robinson will see an uptick in work, and Jehu Chesson will likely get a promotion to special teams. I chatted with Demarcus after the game briefly and will have a story on him in the next few days. He’s taken most of his reps at Conley’s “X” spot and is very comfortable there, and quarterback Alex Smith noted after the game that he’s very talented. Robinson strikes me as a “gamer” type who turns it on in the actual games.
Next man up was the postgame mantra from both locker rooms, but it sounds like a broken record, especially for the Chiefs, who now have lost a starter or regular for an extended period in each game.
It started with safety Eric Berry in the opener, and along the way the Chiefs have lost center Mitch Morse, kicker Cairo Santos, offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and now, apparently, Conley for an extended period.
Kelce was injured during the second quarter. He was examined for a concussion in the medical tent on the sideline, and coach Andy Reid said he cleared the test. Kelce returned to the game for a handful of plays late in the first half but didn't play after that.
"He came in at halftime, and he couldn't quite remember [anything],'' Reid said. "He was remembering on the field, but he couldn't quite remember things, and so we just held him out from there.''
The venue for Sunday Night Football was NRG Stadium, home of the Texans.
The Chiefs, entering the game at 4-0, were trying to remain the only undefeated team in professional football. Tyreek Hill is ready to play in primetime.
Reason to mope: Star tight end Travis Kelce missed the entire second half while being evaluated for a concussion, and the offense obviously loses some of its dynamism when he’s not on the field. Chris Conley’s likely Achilles injury also put a damper on the victory.
“It’s in my job description,” West said. “If you can’t block, you can’t play.”
Marcus Peters was blowing up at somebody on the KC Chiefs sideline. Was it defensive coordinator Bob Sutton? I can’t tell here but Justin Houston, who is the leader of the team, stepped in to stop Peters.
The problem with playing football against the Chiefs right now is you just don’t know how they’re going to beat you. Could be Tyreek Hill sprinting down a sideline, could be Kareem Hunt running over your linebacker, could be Travis Kelce doing any number of things that end with him dancing.
Could be linebacker Justin Houston blowing up your offensive line, could be Chris Jones belly bumping your quarterback, could be Marcus Peters shutting down whoever lines up on your right side.
The Chiefs are the best team in football right now, and we did not need to see a 42-34 win over the Texans on the NFL’s biggest regular season stage to know that.
Chiefs-Texans game story for Oct. 9 | The Kansas City Star
“(Special-teams coach) Dave (Toub) said all week we were an inch away from getting one,” coach Andy Reid said. “Tyreek, right when you think people have angles on him, he changes it. He’s got speed, he’s got quickness and he’s got vision. A great combination to have.”
Photos from the Chiefs Week 5 matchup against the Texans