1-7-14: The Kansas City Chiefs started 2013 9-0 behind a gritty, hard-nosed defense. That defense eroded down the stretch and somehow helped spawn a healthy offense. The trend only continued into the Chiefs’ first round playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts, as KC poured it on early, taking a 38-10 lead in Indy. Then the bad defense returned. The Chiefs let Andrew Luck and the Colts back in the game in the second half, and eventually gave up their 28-point lead in a heart-breaking 45-44 loss.
Jamaal Charles exited the game with a concussion after just three carries and the Chiefs endure several other key injuries, but aren’t likely to be able to use those as excuses as their off-season comes early. It was still a highly successful season for first year head coach Andy Reid, however, as the Chiefs bounced back from a 1-15 finish in 2012 to go 11-5 and make the playoffs.
12-31-13: Kansas City couldn’t change their playoff seed in week 17, so instead of risking any needless injuries, the Chiefs marched into San Diego with their backups. They almost came away with a win. Knile Davis and Chase Daniel combined for three scores and almost pulled off the upset, but couldn’t hold onto a late 10-point lead in a 27-24 overtime loss to the Chargers.
12-24-13: Perhaps the Chiefs were saving their “A” game for a potential playoff clash with the Indianapolis Colts. KC fans will have to hope so. Jamaal Charles was the bright spot with 100+ yards and a touchdown, but the Chiefs didn’t score again after their opening drive, falling to Indy at home, 23-7.
12-17-13: Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles went off and the Oakland Raiders simply couldn’t keep up in a huge 56-31 win for the Chiefs. Charles piled on nearly 200 receiving yards and found the end-zone five times, while Smith added five touchdown passes in a ridiculous offensive display as the Chiefs secured a playoff spot with their 11th win of the year.
12-10-13: After dropping three straight games following a 9-0 start, the Chiefs badly needed to get a win in week 14. Luckily they were facing the Washington Redskins. KC’s vaunted defense returned to form and the special teams unit returned two touchdowns to help the Chiefs dominate on the road, 45-10.
12-3-13: Alex Smith led a spirited drive late in week 13, but the Denver Broncos batted down his final pass in the end-zone, as the Chiefs dropped their third straight after starting the season 9-0. KC held a solid 21-7 lead early in this one, but too much Peyton Manning (five touchdowns) and Eric Decker (four touchdowns) proved costly in a 35-28 home loss.
11-26-13: A week after their first win following a 9-0 start, the Chiefs suddenly forgot how to win. Defensive injuries caused their week 12 clash with the San Diego Chargers to get wildly out of hand and the Chiefs couldn’t put up more points in the end, losing to San Diego at home, 41-38. The loss marks their second in a row and makes their week 13 battle with the Denver Broncos a must-win game if they want a chance at winning the division.
11-19-13: The Kansas City defense hung tight in week 11 and held the Denver Broncos to their lowest point total of 2013. Unfortunately, they couldn’t do nearly enough on offense and lost their first game of the year, 27-17. The loss moved the two AFC West rivals into a tie for first place atop the division, setting up an even more crucial matchup later in the season with both sides having just one loss, a piece.
11-5-13: The Kansas City Chiefs once again showed that offense doesn’t have to win games. Despite scoring just nine offensive points (all field goals), KC got their ninth straight win to start 2013 thanks to two defensive touchdowns. Buffalo gave the Chiefs a scare early with a 10-3 lead, but the Chiefs defense took advantage of undrafted quarterback Jeff Tuel’s inexperience and forced three turnovers on the day to help keep Kansas City perfect with the 23-13 road win.
10-30-13: Alex Smith threw his first two touchdowns since week four as the Chiefs held off a surprisingly competitive Cleveland Browns squad at home, 23-17. Jamaal Charles failed to find the end-zone for the first time this season, but he helped the Chiefs move the ball by topping 100 total yards for the eighth straight contest.
10-22-13: Kansas City continued their aggressive and efficient play on both sides of the ball, as their defense blitzed inexperienced quarterback Case Keenum like crazy in the second half in week seven, and rode five sacks and a forced fumble to a close 17-16 home win. Jamaal Charles paced the Chiefs on offense, as he scored a touchdown and had 100 total yards for the seventh straight game on the year, as he helped KC get to 7-0, making them the only undefeated team through seven weeks.
10-15-13: Alex Smith wasn’t his usual efficient self in a week six win against the Oakland Raiders. Thankfully, he didn’t really have to be. Running Back Jamaal Charles piled on 128 total yards and two touchdowns to carry KC’s offense, while the defense was all over Terrelle Pryor to the tune of 10 sacks and interceptions in a convincing 24-7 home win. Kansas City stayed perfect on the year and got to 6-0 behind their nasty defense, while the game was even capped by a pick-six by Husain Abdullah.
10-8-13: The Kansas City Chiefs probably weren’t banking on having to wait until the final minutes to put away the Tennessee Titans in week five, but they ended up getting a bit of a dog fight, regardless. Luckily the defense was still mostly dominant, as one of Tennessee’s scores came on a broken screen play to Chris Johnson. Kansas City otherwise bottled up the Titans for the most part, as they held Chris Johnson to just 17 rushing yards on 10 carries, while sacking Tennessee quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick three times and picking him off twice. The Chiefs weren’t quite themselves on offense, as the Titans gave them fits on third downs (just 1-for-12 on the day), while Jamaal Charles’ one-yard plunge late in the fourth quarter was their lone offensive touchdown of the day. It was a collective effort, however, as kicker Ryan Succop nailed two of his four field goals late to help KC get to 5-0 with a 26-17 road victory.
The Kansas City Chiefs continued their unlikely hot start under new head coach Andy Reid, as they dominated the visiting New York Giants in every phase of the game for a 31-7 win. Kansas City got a huge spark from return man Dexter McCluster with the game still close at 10-7 in the third quarter, as he returned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown. Alex Smith then tacked on two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and the Chiefs defense kept the Giants out of the end-zone the rest of the way to help put the game away. The win sent Kansas City to 4-0 and helped them keep pace with the 4-0 Denver Broncos and remain in a first place tie atop the AFC West.
9-20-13: It appears to be a new day in Kansas City as the Chiefs defeated the Cowboys 17-16 to improve to 2-0. Quarterback Alex Smith was flawless for the second straight week, as he tossed two scores, 223 yards, and ran for 57 in the home victory. The real story here was KC’s defense, however, as they proved they weren’t just Jaguar eaters here, forcing two turnovers and sacking Romo three times. On the flip side, Cowboys QB Tony Romo was solid overall in this one, but was ineffective late when it mattered most. Next week, the Chiefs head to Philly for Andy Reid’s return to his former home as they take on the Eagles.
9-10-13: Things couldn’t have gone better for KC, who got two passing scores from new quarterback Alex Smith, and got a road win in Jacksonville against the Jaguars to get 2013 started, to the tune of 28-2. Smith was 21 of 34 passing for 173 yards and 2 touch downs. They also put together a solid ground attack led by Jamaal Charles and his 77 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. The Chiefs open up their home schedule next week as they host the 1-0 Dallas Cowboys.
9-3-13: Here are the Chiefs final roster cuts: TE Tony Moeaki, T Steven Baker, WR Josh Bellamy, S Malcolm Bronson, S Greg Castillo, CB Kennard Cox, DL Marcus Dixon, OL Tommie Draheim, LB Darin Drakeford, RB Shaun Draughn, WR Frankie Hammond Jr., TE Demetrius Harris, DB Tysyn Hartman, DE Austin Lane, LB Orie Lemon, CB Semaj Moody, FB Toben Opurum, T Matt Reynolds, WR Rico Richardson, OL Rokevious Watkins, LB Ridge Wilson, G Ricky Henry.
8-20-13: In a low-scoring affair, Alex Smith and the Chiefs lost to Smith's former team, the 49ers, 15-13. Smith struggled, completing just 7 of 16 passes for 62 yards. The only touchdown scored by the Chiefs came via special teams, when Quintin Demps returned a kickoff 104 yards for a TD. The Chiefs are now 0 and 2 for the preseason. Next week the Chiefs travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers on Saturday night.
8-11-13: The Chiefs dropped their preseason opener, losing 17-13 to the Saints. They did, however, open up a 10-0 lead in the first quarter before the subs took over. Alex Smith was sharp in his only drive of the game, completing 7 of 8 passes for 68 yards. Jamal Charles ran the ball 5 times for 13 yards and a TD.
7-10-13: The Chiefs could be in for a quick turn around in 2013 despite going 2-14 a year ago, thanks to the arrival of new head coach Andy Reid, as well as quarterback Alex Smith. The upgrades at head coach and under center helped keep star receiver Dwayne Bowe around, and with Jamaal Charles still in the offensive back-field, the Chiefs suddenly could be a viable threat. The only thing missing could be the talented but inconsistent defense, which could put KC over the top if it can play up to it’s potential.
6-25-13: The Kansas City Chiefs were in dire straits a year ago, but falling so flat in 2012 ended up helping them immensely. Now they have an elite right tackle, a new head coach, and a quarterback who is actually competent in Alex Smith. The Chiefs’ average home game at a sizzling $129, they remain one of the best values available for the new season.
The best part about KC’s awesome ticket value is that they are expected to be leaps and bounds better than last year, and at the very worst should be much more competitive. Whether or not they can compete for a playoff spot remains to be determined, but Chiefs fans should certainly find some stellar value at home games in 2013.
2013 Chiefs Draft Overview:
Round 1, Pick 1: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Round 3, Pick 1: Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
Round 3, Pick 34 (Compensatory Selection): Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
Round 4, Pick 2: Nico Johnson, LB, Alabama
Round 5, Pick 1: Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia
Round 6, Pick 2: Eric Kush, C, California (Pa.)
Round 6, Pick 36 (Compensatory Selection): Braden Wilson, FB, Kansas State
Round 7, Pick 1: Mike Catapano, DE, Princeton
12-4-12: The Chiefs are 2-10 and not much else can go wrong for this team. Clearly out of playoff contention they will play 3 of their final four games on the road two of which will be against playoff contending teams. Kansas city has lots of success running the ball but passing and playing defense remained to be too much of a challenge. RB Jamaal Charles already has over 1000 yards rushing but only 3 touchdowns.