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Upon Further Review: 12 Quick Facts Following the Chiefs’ Win on Sunday

Posted Dec 11, 2017

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

The Kansas City Chiefs got back on track on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Oakland Raiders to snap their four-game losing streak.

Here are some quick facts following the win.

1. The Chiefs moved to 8-2 vs. the Raiders since 2013

Kansas City seems to play its best when facing divisional opponents, especially at home

2. The Chiefs will call on the Arrowhead faithful again next week for another critical divisional matchup

Sunday’s win meant the Chiefs kept pace with the surging Los Angeles Chargers for the top spot in the AFC West. The two teams will play this Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium in primetime with the division lead on the line.

If Kansas City wins, the Chiefs will own the head-to-head tiebreaker over Los Angeles and essentially a two-game lead in the division with two to go. It’s a big game.  

3. Kareem Hunt checked another milestone on Sunday

Kansas City’s rookie tailback ran for 116 yards on Sunday, surpassing the 1,000-yard rushing mark on the season.

Hunt is just the second rookie in franchise history to ever rush for 1,000 yards, joining the late Joe Delaney. His five 100-yard rushing games also match Delaney for the most by a Chiefs rookie, and his 203 combined yards against Oakland this season ranks among the most ever.

Here’s this from the Elias Sports Bureau:

Hunt ran for 87 yards in his previous game against Oakland in October. His 203 yards on the ground are the third most by a rookie in a season against the Raiders since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

4. Chris Jones and the rest of the Chiefs’ pass rush was bringing it to David Carr

Jones finished the afternoon with three tackles (2.0 solo), a sack, two quarterback hits and two tackles for loss. The folks at Pro Football Focus ranked the second-year defensive tackle as the Chiefs’ best defensive player on the day.

Jones’ efforts helped Kansas City stifle Oakland’s offense with consistent pressure.

5. Justin Houston and Jarvis Jenkins were also a big part of that success

Houston tallied a sack in the contest, moving closer to double-digit sacks for the season.

Jenkins recorded his first sack as a Chief on Sunday, bringing down Carr late in the third quarter. It was the veteran defensive lineman’s first sack since the 2015 season.

6. Cornerback Darrelle Revis played well in his first game at Arrowhead as a Chief

Revis played 92 percent of Kansas City’s defensive snaps, tallying a pass defensed. He played well whenever targeted throughout the game.

That adds up to a 39.6 passer rating when throwing Revis’ direction.

7. Fellow cornerback Terrance Mitchell put together one of his best games of the season

Mitchell was on the field for all of the Chiefs’ defensive plays, recording four tackles, three passes defensed and an interception – his first pick since Week 3.

The Raiders targeted Mitchell more than any other corner on Sunday, and the third-year defensive back was up for the challenge.

8. Speaking of the corners, Kansas City’s secondary as a whole balled out on Sunday

In addition to Revis and Mitchell, cornerback Steven Nelson and safety Steven Terrell filled up the stat sheet. Nelson recorded four tackles (3.0 solo), a tackle for loss, a pass defensed and a forced fumble.

Terrell, who played 62 percent of Kansas City’s snaps, notched a tackle, three passes defensed and a pick.

The pick, which essentially sealed the game, marked the first interception of Terrell’s career, and his three passes defensed were more than he had tallied in his first 41 games combined as a professional.

Unfortunately for Terrell, he was placed on Injured Reserve on Monday.  

9. Alex Smith has already thrown for more yards this season than any other year in his career

Smith completed 20 of 34 passes for 268 yards on Sunday, raising his season total to a career-high 3,507 yards through the air. That bests his previous career-high of 3,502 yards set last season.

And with one more touchdown pass, Smith will set a career-high there, as well. He’s tossed 23 touchdowns this season, matching a career-best set in 2013.  

10. One of Smith’s favorite targets this year has been wide receiver Albert Wilson

Wilson caught five passes for a season-high 72 yards in the game, making one of the most impressive grabs of his career.

Smith and Wilson seemed to have a connection brewing all afternoon, and the numbers back it up.

It all added up to the third-most receiving yards in a single game for Wilson in his career.

11. Protecting Smith was offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who continued his strong season

The third-year offensive lineman is in the midst of a terrific season and was at it again on Sunday.  

12. And kicker Harrison Butker was perfect once again

Butker connected on all four of his field goal attempts on Sunday, including a 53-yard attempt that matched a career-long. His 28 field goals on the season are the most ever by a rookie kicker in franchise history, breaking the previous mark of 26. 

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