Two teams that have been playing very well as of late face off in Kansas City on Sunday afternoon. After a slow start to the season, the Chiefs have won 4 straight games and find themselves at 6-3 overall. For most of their game vs. the Bills last week, it looked as if they would be 5-4 and there would be no more winning streak. They were down 13-3 early in the fourth quarter when Jamal Charles had a 39-yard touchdown run (on 4th and 1). The Chiefs punted to the Bills on their next possession and Bills return man Leodis McKelvin fumbled after a clean catch and gave the Chiefs possession at the Bills 26. Two plays later, quarterback Alex Smith faked a handoff to Charles and ran for a touchdown with 9 minutes remaining in the game. McKelvin had a big punt return that gave the Bills the ball at the Chiefs 25 yard line. After one first down the drive stalled on the Chiefs 15 yard line and the Chiefs pulled out the 17-13 win. It marked the first time the Chiefs had rallied from a double-digit deficit in the Andy Reid coaching era. The Seahawks have won 3 straight games and did not have to worry as much as the Chiefs did as they eventually blew out the Giants in their 38-17 win last weekend to put them at 6-3. Star running back Marshawn Lynch had an historic game as he ran the ball 21 times for 140 yards and an incredible 4 touchdowns. Quarterback Russell Wilson had 107 yards on 14 carries to go along with his 10/17 172 yard passing day. This game was close in the first half as Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw for 192 yards and a touchdown in the 1st half and the defense intercepted Wilson twice. But in the end the home field advantage and superior players and coaches of the Seahawks were too much for the Giants to handle.
The Seahawks have shown a new commitment to the run over recent weeks and that is the main reason why they have won three straight games. They averaged 28 rushing attempts a game during the seasons first 6 games, but have bumped that number of carries to 36 over the winning streak. As a team they average 5.5 yards a carry, which leads the NFL. After the trade of wide receiver Percy Harvin the team has done a great job adjusting the offense accordingly.
The Chiefs have been far from dominant over their 4 game streak, however they have been resilient which is debatably even more impressive. In an amazing stat, the Chiefs have not thrown a touchdown to a wide receiver all season long. Look for wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to eventually break that streak and this week may be the day because the Seahawk defense does a great job taking away the middle of the field and forces team to throw on the outside.
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