Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs players Derrick Johnson (56), Justin Houston (50) and Kendrick Lewis (23) at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chiefs defeated the Eagles 26-16. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
4. Kansas City Chiefs (3-0)
The Kansas City Chiefs have continued to impress me with the way they’ve been playing defense. They shut down the explosive Eagles offense on Thursday night in Andy Reid’s return game to Philadelphia, and made it seem simple. They forced Michael Vick into two bad interceptions, and recovered four fumble as well, taking advantage of all the turnovers to win this game. This team is now full of defensive stars thanks to some good drafting in recent years with Dontari Poe, Justin Houston and Eric Berry coming to mind first thing. Eric Berry had an interception off a tipped ball which he returned for a touchdown, Poe didn’t make it on the stat sheet as much, but has been great rushing the passer, and his ability to stay on the field for a long time is something the Chiefs have used to great success and Houston was a monster totalling 4.5 sacks, four tackles for losses and two fumble recoveries. This defense is going to make you work for everything, and when they eventually play the Broncos, we’re going to see some fireworks go off. But that’s not for a while, so lets talk the offense. Alex Smith has been really, really good since coming to Kansas City, and continues to make plays happen, even if they’re just two or three yard runs. The Chiefs aren’t that explosive, so they rely on small plays that make conversions on third down manageable, which they’ve been getting done. Alex Smith passed for 273 yards, but also ran for 33 yards on 10 carries. The real bellcow for this team is star running back Jamaal Charles, as he continues to show that he’s one of the leagues best all around players, carrying the ball 20 times for 92 yards and a touchdown, to go along with seven catches for 80 yards. Charles is this teams best weapon by far, so they will get the ball in his hands as many times as possible, in every way possible. This Chiefs team has really impressed me, and I think they will continue to impress and surprise people as this season rolls on.