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Chiefs Offense Put Up Historically Good Numbers in London

The Chiefs beat the Lions 45-10 Sunday afternoon in London

Everything seemed to be working.

The Kansas City Chiefs (3-5) had six different players score touchdowns in their 45-10 victory over the Detroit Lions (1-7) Sunday afternoon at Wembley Stadium in London.

The 45 points scored by the Chiefs tied them with the New England Patriots for the most points ever scored in an NFL International Series game.

 The Patriots put up 45 against the St. Louis Rams back on October 28, 2012.

"I thought the coordinators had a tremendous game plan," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after the game. "The players came out and they had a certain kind of focus. You could feel that at our practice on Friday.

"You could just sense that there was a tremendous amount of energy."

All that energy and focus helped the Chiefs gain 340 yards of total offense, convert 8 of 13 third downs and finish 6 of 7 inside the red zone.

It was a good day.

Individually, quarterback Alex Smith made the kind of plays with his feet that we used to see from him back at the University of Utah, where he ran for more than 600 yards and 10 touchdowns back in 2004.

On Sunday, Smith used those feet to show off his speed on the five times he tucked the ball and ran from the pocket, accumulating 78 yards on the ground in the process, including a 49-yard scamper down the field that had him outrunning some defensive backs.

Just a few plays later, Smith ran it in for a 12-yard touchdown.

"He had some very positive yards for us at a much needed time," Reid said of Smith. "I thought he did an outstanding job with that. We know he can run, we really don't want him to run, but if it works out that way, that's OK."

The bulk of the running game came from second-year running back Charcandrick West, who had a nice follow-up to his 22-carry, 110-yard performance a week ago against the Steelers.

On Sunday, West carried the ball 20 times for 97 yards and a touchdown, adding 4 receptions for 25 yards as well.


After the game, West credited the guys up front for allowing him to be in a position to make plays.

"The offensive line played great today," West said afterwards. "The guys did a great job blocking on the perimeter. It was just a great team win."

West said that he could feel the energy of the crowd at Wembley stadium.

"The fans here were amazing," he said. "We never knew there would be so many Chiefs fans in London.

"It was great."

West was one of four Chiefs players who had a touchdown rushing on Sunday against the Lions, including De'Anthony Thomas, Spencer Ware and Smith.

It's only the second time in franchise history that they had four touchdowns rushing from four different players in a single game. The last time came back in 1960 when the then-Dallas Texans, had Abner Haynes, Bo Dickinson, Johnny Robinson and Cotton Davidson each run one in against the New York Titans in the inaugural season for the American Football League (AFL).

Sunday's game was the first time in 11 years the Chiefs had 4 touchdowns rushing in a single game.

The Chiefs were also efficient through the air.

Smith finished the game 18 of 26 for 145 yards with 2 touchdowns, adding the 5 rushes for 78 yards and a touchdown on the ground as well.

One of Smith's best throws of the day went to veteran receiver Jeremy Maclin, who played after missing last week's game with symptoms from a concussion suffered the week before.


With the Chiefs holding a 31-3 lead early in the fourth quarter, Smith went to Maclin down the middle of the field on second-and-11 from the 17-yard line.

With the middle linebacker trailing in coverage, Smith had to place the ball over the defender to give Maclin an opportunity to go up and make a play in the end zone.

The result may have been one of the best catches of the season thus far.

Maclin was one of five players that finished with 3 or more receptions on the day as Smith spread the ball around well to his playmakers.

"We have a lot of guys with a lot of different strengths," Smith said after the game. "We can present a lot to a defense and it's hard to defend it all.

"It's just a matter of us being able to handle the game plan, go out there and execute it."

One play that Smith executed perfectly and not only paid a bit of a price for it, but then demonstrated his toughness to get up after was a 18-yard pass to tight end Travis Kelce midway through the third quarter.

The Kansas City Chiefs take on the Detroit Lions at Wembley Stadium in London

Smith stood tall with a blitzing linebacker coming right down upon him and delivered the ball across the middle to Kelce, and while most eyes went to Kelce and the moves he made as he fought towards the end zone, Smith took a vicious shot from the linebacker as he feet left the ground and he was taken to the ground.

Smith wasn't fazed as he hopped up and threw a touchdown to Kelce on the very next play.

"We just haven't done it for four quarters with our foot on the pedal," Smith said of the dominating performance. "I thought today was good. We needed it."

The players will likely need some time to rest after that game and a nine-hour flight back to Kansas City. After back-to-back wins, the Chiefs head into their bye week with plenty of momentum.

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