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How the Chiefs reached their week off with hope restored after 3-4 start

Herbie Teope, The Kansas City Star on

Published in Football

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs shook off a sluggish 3-4 start and forged a four-game winning streak entering their Week 12 bye.

Now a more comfortable 7-4 including four wins against NFC East opponents, the Chiefs are in familiar territory: atop the AFC West and currently holding the AFC’s No. 4 seed for the playoffs.

But Kansas City didn’t get to this point playing the kind of football we’re accustomed to seeing. Instead of the offense leading the way, they’ve done it with defense, holding opponents to less than 20 points in four straight games.

The are some obstacles remaining through the final six matchups of the regular season. When the Chiefs return from their off-week, they take on the Denver Broncos (5-5) twice, as well as the Las Vegas Raiders (5-5), Los Angeles Chargers (6-4), Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4-1) and Cincinnati Bengals (6-4).

The Chiefs’ second half is an opportunity to gain ground in the fight for the AFC’s No. 1 seed in the postseason. But before we think too far ahead, let’s review how they got to this point.

THE OFFENSE

 

Notable league rankings, via NFL GSIS and STATSPASS:

— Total yards (net) per game: 4th (402.4)

— Net passing yards per game: 2nd (290.5)

— Rushing yards per game: 18th (111.9)

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