There is nothing that beats a 'Victory Monday', which the Chiefs provided, again, following Sunday's 31-7 win against the New York Giants. The team is enjoying its fourth-straight win, thanks to strong play, again, by all three of its phases.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid summarized the win, during his postgame press conference, saying, "All in all, every win is a good win in the National Football League. We’ll enjoy it here for a little bit and then we have to get ready for Tennessee.”
Until the team begins practicing for the Titans, here's a review of yesterday's win, via coach and player interviews, pics and stats.
CHIEFS IMPROVE TO 4-0:
With Sunday’s 31-7 win, the Kansas City Chiefs improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2003, when the club won its first nine games. This marks the third time in franchise history that the team has opened a season with four consecutive wins (1996, 2003). Kansas City becomes just the second team in NFL history to start 4-0, after winning two or fewer games in the previous season, joining the 1980 Detroit Lions.
SMITH WINS FIRST FOUR STARTS IN KANSAS CITY:
Smith completed 24 of 41 passes for 288 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions for an 84.2 passer rating. Smith's three touchdown passes tie a single-game career high. He owns a 6-3 record when throwing for three touchdowns in a contest.
Alex described the team's mood, entering the fourth quarter of Sunday's win.
“For me, the energy level was really high," Smith said. "It has been, the last three weeks, in the fourth quarter. I get pretty fired up there, in the end; I get pretty jacked up, especially as we’re moving the ball. It’s a chance to really open the game up; when we’re in the huddle, you can feel it, a lot of energy.”
CHARLES IN CHARGE - RUSHING AND RECEIVING:
BOWE FINDS END ZONE:
"It felt good," Bowe said of Sunday's win. "The offensive line did a great job of holding up and opening lanes so that Alex could see to hit me. You got to give credit to the New York defense. They were going man and showed us tough coverages, but we fought it out at the end and our offensive line did a great job of holding up. Jamaal [Charles] did a great job of tucking the ball and finding the holes to put us in a good position."
Bowe also talked about his TD dance, after the score.
“I was just having a little fun out there," Bowe said. "It was a late touchdown, so I gave a little credit to (Victor) Cruz. He’s a great, great athlete. He had one, so I had to show him I could salsa a little bit, too.”
MCCLUSTER’S RETURN FOR A TOUCHDOWN:
OTHER CHIEFS SPECIAL TEAMS FEATS ON SUNDAY:
COLQUITT INSIDE THE 20:
SUCCOP NAILS LONG FIELD GOAL:
MCGRATH GRABS FIRST NFL TOUCHDOWN, HAS CAREER DAY RECEIVING:
McGrath told reporters on Sunday that he's having a blast, playing for the Chiefs.
“Are you kidding me, we play a game for a living, how could you not have fun? This is what we do. We come out here and try to perfect our craft every single day and every practice. We just want to be as prepared as we can to face an opponent the next week.”
OTHER CHIEFS FIRSTS FROM SUNDAY'S WIN
BAILEY SACKS QB ELI MANNING:
DEMPS GRABS INTERCEPTION OF MANNING:
COOPER MAKES FIRST START:
“I can’t say things clicked or anything like that," Cooper said of his performance, after the win. "I just come out every game and try to do it to the best of my abilities.”
ROBINSON RECOVERS FUMBLE:
“We’ve got a good defense, but we could be better," Robinson said. "We get Brandon (Flowers) back, next week. He was able to sit this one out and get his body back right. We’re just going to continue to roll.”
HALI RECORDS TWO SACKS:
The strip on the sack marks Hali’s first forced fumble of 2013 and the 25th-forced fumble of his career. His 25 forced fumbles rank third in team history. He becomes just the third player in team history to record more than 400 sack yards.
JOHNSON LEADS DEFENSIVE CHARGE, MOVES UP TACKLE CHART:
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