Upon Further Review: Chiefs Week 7

October, 21, 2013
10/21/13
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A review of four hot issues from the Kansas City Chiefs' 17-16 win over the Houston Texans:

More aggressive decisions: Andy Reid has been coaching the Chiefs this way all season and he continued his aggressive game decisions against Houston. Up by a point early in the fourth quarter, Reid had the Chiefs try for a touchdown rather than kick a field goal while on the Texans’ 1-yard line. The Chiefs failed to score when quarterback Alex Smith’s pass intended for tight end Sean McGrath missed the mark. "I made a deal with the players on that when I first got here," Reid said. "We’re going to stay aggressive and at the same time try to do what we think is right there. We thought we could get that son of a gun in there."

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Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesDwayne Bowe and Alex Smith celebrate the Chiefs' one-point win against the Texans in Week 7.
Winning while losing: The Chiefs lost the turnover battle for the first time this season, committing two while the Texans coughed up the ball just once. The Texans' turnover, quarterback Case Keenum’s fumble with less than two minutes remaining, was the crucial one because it killed what eventually proved to be Houston’s last possession. The Texans started just one possession in Kansas City territory while the Chiefs started two on Houston’s side of the field. The Chiefs, at plus-11, still lead the NFL in turnover differential. Three teams are tied for second at plus-7.

Other receiving threats: For the first time in four games, running back Jamaal Charles did not lead the Chiefs in receiving. The Chiefs made a concerted effort through formations to get the ball to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and the move paid off as Bowe had season highs in receptions (five) and yards (66). Slot receiver Dexter McCluster and tight end Anthony Fasano each had four catches. The development of other offensive threats is crucial to the Chiefs, who are close to getting the maximum from Charles. Charles was again an offensive leader against Houston with 86 yards rushing and 37 receiving. Charles also scored one of their two touchdowns, giving him eight of their 14 offensive TDs. He has at least one touchdown in each of the seven games.

Charles expresses regret: Via Twitter, Charles indicated he felt badly about the block on Texans linebacker Brian Cushing that injured Cushing’s knee. “Wishing @briancushing56 a speedy recovery. Hate to see anyone get injured on the football field," Charles tweeted. In response, Cushing indicated he didn’t blame Charles for the injury. “I know you were just doing your job," Cushing wrote.

Adam Teicher

ESPN Kansas City Chiefs reporter

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