Chiefs win again as upsets continue in NFL
By Julian Linden
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - As the National Football League season passed the halfway point on Sunday, only one thing remained clear. Nothing this season can be taken for granted.
The NFL prides itself on being an evenly-balanced competition and the first nine weeks of the season have lived up to that billing with a series of unpredictable results.
Sunday was no different. The Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) continued to defy the odds, beating the Buffalo Bills (3-6) 23-13 to remain as the NFL's only undefeated team.
The New York Jets (5-4), as up-and-down a team as any, beat the high-flying New Orleans Saints (6-2) 26-20, a week after they suffered a 40-point thrashing to the Cincinnati Bengals (6-3).
The Carolina Panthers (5-3), another team who have torn up the script, completed a 34-10 thumping of the Atlanta Falcons, who made the NFC Championship last season but have fallen to 2-6 this campaign.
And the New England Patriots (7-2) and the Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) both romped to huge wins after the Seattle Seahawks (8-1) survived a major scare against the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8).
The Chiefs finished tied for the league's worst record (2-14) a year ago but continue their incredible run under new coach Andy Reid, overturning 10-3 halftime deficit to win away from home after Sean Smith returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown.
The Jets have been on an unusual sequence this season, alternating between wins and losses each week. Continued...