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

Posted Oct 9, 2017

Here are some quick facts following the Chiefs’ win over Houston on Sunday night

1. The Chiefs remained undefeated on Sunday, moving to 5-0 on the season

The Kansas City Chiefs are the lone unbeaten team remaining in the NFL, tallying five wins in as many weeks to begin the 2017 season.

In fact, the Chiefs are the only team in the AFC with four or more wins.

Though their perfect record is garnering plenty of deserved attention, the Chiefs have been doing this for a while now.

2. Kansas City has won nine straight games on the road, matching a franchise record

The Chiefs haven’t lost away from Arrowhead Stadium since Week 4 of last season, bringing home a victory in nine straight contests. The streak is more than impressive – it’s historic.

Kansas City is averaging 31.1 points in those games, outscoring the opposition by nearly 10 points per game.  

3. Quarterback Alex Smith had another tremendous performance

Smith was at his best on Sunday night, completing 29 of 37 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns. He posted a 130.2 quarterback rating, making it five straight weeks that he’s put together a passer rating of at least 100.0.

That’s significant.

Even further, Smith is one of just five quarterbacks to do so since 2005, joining Tom Brady (2007, 2015), Peyton Manning (2013), Aaron Rodgers (2011) and Carson Palmer (2005).

It’s been in just about every situation, too. Smith has been consistently impressive across the board.

4. Smith is not only off to the best start of his career, but to one of the best starts ever

As the numbers pile up, Smith has accomplished something through the first five weeks of the season unlike any other passer.

5. Speaking of historic starts, Kareem Hunt continued his 

The rookie tailback ran for 107 yards on Sunday night, recording his fifth-straight game with at least 100 yards from scrimmage.

That’s a big deal.

Amazingly enough, Hunt and Peterson have a common link.

6. Travis Kelce only played the first half on Sunday, but he made it count

Kelce hauled in a team-leading eight passes for 98 yards in the first half on Sunday before leaving the game with a concussion.

The eight grabs were tied for the second-most of Kelce’s career, and just three shy of his career high.

7. Kicker Harrison Butker is making quite the first impression

Butker connected on five field goals on Sunday night, making eight straight successful kicks after missing his first career attempt last week.

That’s a lot of kicks in a player’s first two career games, and as it turns out, Butker is one of just a few to do so.

8. Dustin Colquitt punted himself into the franchise record books

The Chiefs didn’t need Colquitt much on Sunday, punting just twice, but that was enough for the 13-year veteran to take over as the most tenured punter in team history.

9. Tyreek Hill finally broke one

Hill returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, essentially putting the game on ice for Kansas City.

It was Hill’s first return touchdown of 2017 after bringing three back last season (two punts, one kickoff).  

Since Special Teams Coordinator Dave Toub came to Kansas City in 2013, the Chiefs lead the NFL with 10 total kick returns for scores. Conversely, the Chiefs haven’t allowed a single kick return touchdown in that span.

10. The Chiefs' offensive line came to play

Kansas City entered the night without two starters on the offensive line – center Mitch Morse and guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif – and still managed to hold Houston to just one sack.

Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz was particularly effective.

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