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Upon Further Review: 10 Quick Facts From Monday Night’s Victory

Posted Oct 3, 2017

Here are some quick facts following the Chiefs’ win over the Redskins

1. Kansas City remained undefeated on Monday

The Chiefs are the lone unbeaten team in the NFL, winning their fourth game in as many weeks on Monday night. The start marks the second time that Kansas City has started at least 4-0 under Head Coach Andy Reid.

2. The Chiefs turned it on in the fourth quarter once again

Monday night’s contest was tied headed into the fourth quarter before Kansas City outscored Washington by nine points, holding the Redskins to just a field goal in the final period.

That’s been a trend for the Chiefs all season long, as their plus-41 point differential in the fourth quarter leads the league. Seattle ranks as a distant second with a plus-27 point differential.

3. Rookie kicker Harrison Butker had a debut to remember

Butker was on the Carolina Panthers’ squad as recently as last week before signing with Kansas City last Tuesday. The rookie kicker missed his first field goal, but came back to make his next three – including the game-winner with just seconds remaining.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Butker is one of four active kickers to kick a game-winning field goal with less than five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter or overtime in their debut, with the others being Mason Crosby, Blair Walsh and Randy Bullock.

In addition to delivering the game winner, Butker made a little history of his own.

4. Kareem Hunt made history once again

Rookie running back Kareem Hunt had been nothing short of a sensation through his first three NFL games, and he kept it up on Monday night.

The tailback tallied 121 yards from scrimmage and once again found himself in the record books.

5. Hunt is piling up the yards at an unprecedented rate

All those performances of 100-plus yards are adding up.

In fact, only one player has ever done what Hunt has through his first four NFL games.

6. Hunt also padded his league-lead in rushing yards

Hunt leads the league with 502 rushing yards this season, leading second-place Todd Gurley II by 140 yards.

He still led the league on Monday even though most everyone else had played four games while he had played just three.

In fact, Hunt’s 372 rushing yards in the second half of games this season are more than any other rusher has tallied in four full games.

7. The rookie tailback is earning each of those yards

All those yards aren’t coming easy, either, as Hunt is becoming synonymous with breaking tackles and picking up yards after contact.

8. Alex Smith put together another strong game through the air

Smith completed 27 of 37 passes for 293 yards and a touchdown in Monday night’s win, posting a passer rating of 104.9.

It marked his fourth-straight game with a quarterback rating of at least 100.0, becoming just sixth quarterback since 2010 to do so in each of their first four games of a season.

Matt Ryan (2016, 2012), Tom Brady (2015), Andy Dalton (2015), Peyton Manning (2013) and Aaron Rodgers (2011) are the others.

Smith was excllent under pressure on Monday, and still hasn’t turned the ball over on the season.

9. He can run, too

Smith ran for 56 yards and a touchdown in the contest on six carries, including a 32-yard scamper down the right sideline. Smith’s efforts added up to the second-most rushing yards in a game by a quarterback this season, and the fourth-most of his career.

10. Travis Kelce continues to make his case as the NFL's best tight end

Kelce caught seven passes for 111 yards and a touchdown in Monday night’s win. It was his second game with at least 100 yards receiving this season, and eighth since the beginning of last season.

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