AFC West: 2011 week 4 reaction

Wrap-up: Chiefs 22, Vikings 17

October, 2, 2011
10/02/11
4:25
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A look at the Chiefs’ first win of the season:

What it means: The Chiefs are alive. I don’t care if the Vikings are winless. This was a nice and well-deserved win for the Chiefs. No team has dealt with more adversity in the early season than Kansas City has. The Chiefs made plays on both sides of the ball Sunday and they played hard. After a terrible first 10 quarters of the season, the Chiefs have been competitive for six straight quarters.

Tomorrow’s talker: The Chiefs, for now, aren’t a leader for the No. 1 pick in the draft next spring and for the right to take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. This win doesn’t mean the Chiefs are out of the Luck sweepstakes. But now, the Chiefs have a one-game lead on the Vikings and they own the tiebreaker over Minnesota.

Trending: After a slow start to the season, Kansas City kicker Ryan Succop had a terrific game Sunday. He kicked five field goals Sunday, including 54- and 51-yard boomers.

Cassel shows life: Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel played well Sunday after playing well in the second half at San Diego last week. Cassel threw for 260 yards with no interceptions. He and Dwayne Bowe connected on a 52-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter that was the difference in the game. If Cassel can continue to show improvement, the Chiefs will stay in games.

What’s next: Kansas City plays at Indianapolis in Week 5. The Colts are 0-3 going into Monday night’s game at Tampa Bay.

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