The Kansas City Chiefs are 7-0 for the second time in franchise history after a 17-16 victory against the Houston Texans.
Quarterback Alex Smith joins Mike Livingston as the only two quarterbacks in franchise history to win their first seven starts in a Kansas City uniform. But Smith is the first Chiefs quarterback to win his first seven starts with the team consecutively in the same season.
“A ton of fun,” Smith said when asked how he would describe the 2013 season, via the team’s website. “We have a great group of guys. Honestly, a great group of guys, hungry guys, guys that have been through a lot. Especially the ones who have been here, they really appreciate the environment and they appreciate being around each other. It’s fun. It’s fun coming to work every day. We have a competitive group, guys that like coming to work and preparing. Competitive, competitive guys. It’s a ton of fun right now.”
Smith has thrown for 1,570 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions this season. He’s also rushed for 218 yards and a touchdown.
The Chiefs are feeling good.
“It feels good,” said Dwayne Bowe, who caught five passes for 66 yards Sunday. “The energy, the vibe – we’re rolling pretty high right now, but we can’t forget where we came from. We just have to keep our nose down and keep running. I love what this team is doing, the coaches, the staff and the players. We’re just feeding off that energy.”
“It feels real good,” running back Jamaal Charles said after the win. “I’m just blessed that we win games and that we continue to win and that we have a defense that fights and saves the offense, but we’ve still got to play consistently and keep on putting points on the board, so our defense doesn’t have to do that every week.”
The Chiefs offense can thank the defense, which ranks third in the NFL for stopping the pass. The defense has not allowed an opponent to score more than 17 points and has four touchdowns, 10 interceptions, seven forced fumbles and 35 sacks.
“It feels good,” said Justin Houston, who has 10 sacks this season. “We have to use the win as motivation, put the game behind us and move forward. We’re just staying focused; we have a bigger goal in mind and when we get to that goal, that’s when we’ll celebrate.”
The Chiefs will try to remain perfect on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium.