Here are some areas the Kansas City Chiefs need to focus on after a 27-21 home win over Carolina on Sunday:
Recap: The Chiefs won their second game of the season, just a day after a horrific tragedy. Saturday, starting linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend, Kasandra M. Perkins in front of his mother and then he went to the team’s facility (adjacent to Arrowhead Stadium) and killed himself in front of general manager Scott Pioli, head coach Romeo Crennel and defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs. The emotional win was the Chiefs’ first home victory of the season after an 0-6 start at Arrowhead. They snapped an eight-game losing streak, which was the longest current losing streak in the league.
Biggest area to fix: Third-down defense. Carolina converted on third down 6-of-10 times. Few things undo a defense like surrendering on third down.
Biggest area to build on: Unity. The Chiefs clearly aren’t going anywhere this season, but perhaps this horrible situation will galvanize this team for a strong finish. Sunday’s effort certainly was impressive.
What to watch for: The Chiefs play at Cleveland. It will be a reunion for Crennel as he coached the Browns from 2005-08.