Minnesota Vikings vs. Kansas City Chiefs Recap
October 18, 2015
Minnesota won ugly Saturday, beating the Chiefs at TCF Bank Stadium to improve to 3-2. Both teams struggled to move the ball, as the Chiefs averaged just 3.2 yards a carry while Minnesota got just 2.4 yards per run. Kansas City was just 3-for-12 on third down and the Vikings were only 6-for-17. The Chiefs got within six points in the fourth quarter, but the Vikings got a big stop when Kansas City's Charcandrick West was stopped on a fourth and one play. West fumbled on Kansas City's next possession. Alex Smith finished with strong numbers, 22-of-37 for 282 yards and a touchdown, but failed to complete many big passes on third down.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chicago Bears Recap
October 11, 2015
The Kansas City Chiefs have put themselves on the proverbial ropes the first 4 weeks of the 2015 NFL season, losing 3 out of those first 4 contests, two in heartbreaking fashion. It seemed a welcome reprieve would be the dysfunctional franchise from the Windy City, otherwise known as the â€œMonsters of the Midwayâ€. The 2015 version of the Chicago Bears resembled nothing even close to your grandpaâ€™s Midway Monsters.
The Bears were weak at the wide receiver position, and quarterback Jay Cutler had missed half of the games already this year due to injury. The defense was suspect and the offense even more so. The Kansas City faithful could only assume this would be the perfect prescription for what ailed the Chiefs, putting their season back on course. It was not to be.
During the 1st quarter it started to become evident that the dysfunctional nature of the Chiefâ€™s own offense was more a result of their own play as opposed to any stiff opposition from the opponentsâ€™s defense. The KC offense generated two of what has been all too common 3 quick plays and a point, and if not for Ramik Wilsonâ€™s fumble recovery for a touchdown there would have been little for the Kansas City fans to be excited about.
Then in the 2nd quarter it seemed hope began to blossom. Kansas City had a pair of 7 play drives; totally just under 100 yards between the two of them â€“ so good field position benefited the Chiefâ€™s cause. The Chiefs offense would take their third drive another 57 yards, finishing with a field goal to take a 2-touchdown lead into the locker room.
To start the second half it seemed Kansas City was going to take advantage of a weak Bears team after all, as they drove another 13 plays, controlling the 3rd quarter clock. But, that is when the tide of momentum would shift. A short 27-yard field goal try was blocked by the Bears defense and the mojo shifted almost as abruptly as it seemed the Chiefs had taken control of the game.
Chicago would chip away slowly at the 2 TD Kansas City lead. A 3rd quarter drive resulted a 30 yard Robbie Gould field goal and the lead was cut to 11. Kansas Cityâ€™s offense would revert back to a stall, the only drive that was not a quick 3 plays followed by a punt being a meaningless 5-play drive with the same result.
Jay Cutler would drive the Bears 88 yards to pay dirt, but the two-point conversion failed. Midway through the final quarter the Bears would need a TD to earn their second win of the season. In stoic fashion, Cutler would make his last stand successful as he drove the Bears 2-minute offense down the field, finding running back Matt Forte on a 7 yard pass to take the lead. The 2-point conversion failed again, but the Bears defense tried to withstand a frantic attempt by the Chiefs to get into game winning field position. Kansas City managed to only get close enough for a 66-yard try, a try that would have smashed the old NFL record. It sailed harmlessly short, and for the 4th time in 2015, Kansas City was on the losing end of heart breaking score.
Cincinnati Bengals Vs. Kansas City Chiefs Recap
October 4, 2015
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had a nearly perfect game, leading his team to a win over the Chiefs and a 4-0 record to start the season. Dalton completed 17-of-24 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown, and has now thrown for over 700 yards in his past two games. The Chiefs were able to move the ball seemingly at will between the 20-yard lines, with Alex Smith throwing for 386 yards, but Kansas City settled for field goals on all seven of the Chiefs' scoring drives. Meanwhile, the Bengals scored touchdowns on all four of their red zone possessions. Kansas City's Jeremy Maclin caught 11 passes for 148 yards.