Here are some areas the Kansas City Chiefs need to focus on after a 23-20 overtime win over San Diego:
Recap: The Chiefs are basking in one of the most exciting games of the 2011 season and one of the most exciting wins for the franchise in recent memory. This wasn’t a flawless game, but the Chiefs made several big plays when needed and showed they are in the AFC West race. They are 4-3 after starting the season 0-3. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Chiefs are the first team since the 2000 Pittsburgh Steelers to start a season 0-3 and win their next four games.
Biggest area to fix: It’s difficult to knock a team that has won four straight games and is coming off a win the way the Chiefs beat the Chargers. But San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers was effective for a big chunk of this game. The Chargers scored just one touchdown, but there is some tightening that needs to be done on defense.
Biggest area to build on: Quarterback Matt Cassel has a great thing going with receivers Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and rookie Jonathan Baldwin. The three combined for 12 catches and 186 yards Monday night. Bowe and Breaston have been playing well and Baldwin showed great potential in just his second NFL game. Cassel has a lot of options.
What to watch for: The Chiefs have a chance to turn 0-3 to 6-3. The Chiefs’ next two games are against Miami and Denver, both at home. These two teams are a combined 2-12. The Chiefs need to get both of these wins, because they enter a tough five-game stretch beginning Nov. 21 at New England.