team. 124. It was a very rough first half for Andy Reid’s team as they trailed the defending NFC champions, 17-3, at intermission. But hats off to the hard-hitting Kansas City defense, which came up with a pair of critical takeaways in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs have already forced 22 turnovers in nine games this season and their pass rush also came up big against Carolina quarterback Cam Newton (who ran for 54 yards and a touchdown) when it counted most. And continue to keep an eye on rookie wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who caught 10 passes for 89 yards in the win and leads the team with four touchdown receptions this year.
<p>Next Week: The red-hot Chiefs, winners of five straight, return home to face the very-dangerous Tampa Bay Buccaneers and second-year quarterback Jameis Winston. It’s interesting to note than the Bucs’ signal-caller (2015) and Kansas City’s Alex Smith (2005) were the first overall picks in their respective drafts 10 years apart.</p>
<p>Playoff hopes: Reid’s offense couldn’t find the end zone at Carolina and still the Chiefs found a way to come up with a fifth straight win. Once again, this is a team playing solid and efficient football and one very much in the AFC West title chase. They play four of the final seven games within the division and have their first meeting of the year with the Denver Broncos in Week 12. A very intriguing team indeed.</p>. 7-2. Previous: . Kansas City Chiefs. 3