Chiefs enjoying perfectly good start to NFL season

Tue Oct 8, 2013 6:54am EDT
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(Reuters) - It is no shock to find the New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos with perfect records five weeks into the NFL season but seeing the new-look Kansas City Chiefs among the ranks of the unbeaten may cause a few second looks.

Tied for the NFL's worst record a year ago after going 2-14, the Chiefs have undergone a miraculous transformation sparked by San Francisco 49ers castoff quarterback Alex Smith and discarded Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid.

Only twice in the previous six seasons has Kansas City won more than four games but they suddenly find themselves among the NFL elite after rallying for a 26-17 road win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

At 5-0, it is the best start to a season for the Chiefs since they won nine straight games to open the 2003 campaign.

"We are 5-0 and we're not ashamed of that," Reid said after Sunday's game. "But we also know that we got a ton of room to improve."

Kansas City have climbed to the top behind an energetic defense that has allowed the fewest points per game (11.6) and an offense led by the steady but unspectacular play of Smith.

The Chiefs have also benefited from a soft early schedule that has included meetings against the winless Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants.

But they have also beaten some good teams such as the Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee and can look ahead to three straight home games against unthreatening opponents: Oakland Raiders (October 13), Houston Texans (October 20) and Cleveland Browns (October 27).

On November 17, the Chiefs are scheduled to visit the Denver Broncos (5-0) in a game that could very well decide top spot in AFC West and perhaps a showdown between the conference's two remaining unbeaten teams.   Continued...