Until the final quarter the NFL's best defense, had their worst game against a Texans offense that had allowed a pick-6 in six straight games and was starting their 3rd string rookie quarterback. On paper this defense was supposed to slaughter the Texans offense, but it just didn't happen that way.
Not that it was easy for the offense by any stretch of the imagination. Running Back, Jamaal Charles had a very productive first half rushing for 47-yards on just 10 carries including a 1-yard touchdown run. Right before the end of the first half Chiefs Quarterback, Alex Smith, added a 5-yard touchdown run that gave KC a modest four point lead at halftime
Look, its not as if the offense didn't show the same signs of being as frustrating as we have seen in every game proceeding the Texans game. But something about the Chiefs offense was different on Sunday and it started with their offensive play makers.
It all started with Charles who finished the game with 86-yards on 26 carries and a TD. But it was the offensive inclusion of wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. The Chiefs only All Pro receiver finished the game with five catches for 66-yards but was targeted a season high nine times against Houston.
Again, not awe inspiring numbers from your two stud offensive players but the fact they were such a focal part of their the game plan opened things up for the rest of the offense.
Tight end Anthony Fasano returned to his starters role on offense. He came up big in several crucial third down plays. Fasano finished the game with four catches for 27-yards and nearly scored his first touchdown as a Chiefs. Granted he hadn't played since week two, I look for Fasano to become a key contributor inside the red zone the remainder of the season.
However the biggest surprise of the day was the improvement and continued growth of the offensive line. With my naked eye, I could see this was their best game of the season. All World defensive end J.J. Watt was held largely ineffective for most of the game. Granted he ended up with a sack, the Chiefs offensive line was able to keep him off their quarterback.
For the first time this year, rookie tackle Eric Fisher had a solid game and that's an encouraging sign considering how poorly his rookie campaign has started to date. If he can continue to progress, the term rookie tackle might have a solid second half.
Smith, who was steady all game long hit seven different receivers sunday. Granted Bowe missed a chance to salt the game away with a third down catch under the two minute mark, Smith took what the Texan defense gave him. That aside the Chiefs offense did make strides on Sunday. What they have to learn from this game is which stud (Bowe or Charles) gets the ball late in games.
Coming into the season that's what we all expected would happen with the offensive trio. For his part, Smith has done everything asked of him and still has room for improvement. On Sunday, despite only accumulating 17-points on the day, this offense made some strides and still has room to hit it's offensive ceiling.
That means they've yet to peak this season and that's a very good thing.
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