In the first half, the Kansas City Chiefs had over 300 yards of total offense but they only held a 21-10 lead at the break. However, they scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to salt away the victory.
Chiefs Quarterback Matt Cassel had another solid game. He finished 22 of 32 for 233 yards and threw four touchdowns, three of them to the red-hot Dwayne Bowe. On the season the Chiefs former first round receiver has a Chiefs career record 14 touchdowns.
But he wasn't the only start of the game on offense. Running Back Jamaal Charles rushed for 173 yards on 22 rushing attempts. He seems to be moving into the position of featured back. Thomas Jones touched the ball 20 times but managed only 68 yards. Though Charles did fumble the ball late in the first half, he redeemed himself by scoring a two-yard power dash in the teams big fourth quarter.
On defense, the Chiefs certainly missed the presence of cornerback Brandon Flowers and veteran safety Jon McGraw. Rookie safety Kendrick Lewis was burned badly twice for touchdowns. On both occasions, he was out of position. However, his tentative play however was overshadowed by the surprise play of cornerbacks Travis Daniels and Jackie Bates. Daniels nearly had two interceptions on the afternoon. And Bates, before his knee injury, played fairly well before he left the game.
Either way, it was a big win for the Chiefs. They appear to be rolling on offense and have that look of a team that wants to win the AFC West outright.
But the good news for the Chiefs is that the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos, next Sunday's opponent at Arrowhead, both lost. That means this division is likely going to be settled by either the San Diego Chargers or the Kansas City Chiefs.
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