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Upon Further Review: 10 Quick Facts From Sunday’s Win Over Los Angeles

Posted Sep 25, 2017

Here are some quick facts following the Chiefs’ victory over the Chargers

1. The Chiefs were once again at their best on the road

Kansas City won its eighth straight road game on Sunday, having not lost away from Arrowhead Stadium in 358 calendar days. The Chiefs are outscoring opponents by nearly 10 points per game in that span, and are just one victory shy of matching the all-time franchise mark.

2. Kansas City won its 12th straight game against an AFC West opponent

The Chiefs’ win over Los Angeles was their 12th straight against a division rival, the longest active divisional winning streak in the NFL and tied for the longest streak in franchise history, matching a 12-game streak between the 1994-96 seasons.

Kansas City’s last loss to a divisional foe was on Sept. 17, 2015 to the Denver Broncos. Since then, the Chiefs have outscored AFC West opponents by 153 points, winning seven of the contests by multiple scores.

3. Kareem Hunt was back at it on Sunday

The rookie tailback was once again right in the middle of the Chiefs’ offense on Sunday, rushing for 172 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. The performance once again had Hunt running into the record books.

Hunt broke loose for a 69-yard touchdown in the closing minutes of the game to essentially put the game away for Kansas City. The score also had historical implications.

4. Hunt earned each of his 172 yards on the ground

A trademark of Hunt’s success so far has been his ability to shed tackles. According to Pro Football Focus, Hunt broke seven tackles on Sunday to add to his league-leading 21 on the season.

Following the game, Hunt credited his running style with a determined mentality.

5. The Chiefs created another big play

Hunt’s 69-yard touchdown run went beyond just individual significance, as it was Kansas City’s ninth straight regular season game with a score of at least 50 yards. The Chiefs are 8-1 in those contests.

6. Quarterback Alex Smith continued his strong start to the season

Smith completed 16 of 21 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s victory over Los Angeles, posting a 128.1 passer rating.

It was another strong performance from Smith, who is the only quarterback in the NFL with a passer rating of at least 100.0 in each of his three games this season.  

7. The Chiefs remained undefeated

The win pushed Kansas City to 3-0 on the season for the first time since 2013 and into sole possession of first place in the AFC West. The Chiefs are the only remaining undefeated team in the AFC, and one of just two undefeated teams in the NFL.  

8. Terrance Mitchell had the best game of his career

Mitchell, now in his second season with the Chiefs, tallied two interceptions, four passes defensed and nine solo tackles in Sunday’s win – all career highs. Mitchell entered the game with just one interception in his career before picking off Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers twice in the first half.

The performance placed Mitchell amongst some elite company.

9. The defense overall had a game to remember

Mitchell’s play was part of an impressive overall effort from the Chiefs’ defense. Kansas City collected three interceptions in the first half and shut out the Chargers in the second half.

10. The Chiefs continued their fourth quarter dominance

If there’s been one constant through the first three weeks of the season, it’s been Kansas City’s ability to finish games late. The Chiefs have scored a league-most 42 points in the fourth quarter so far this season while allowing just 10.

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