Reshuffled offensive line makes a difference for Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Andy Reid shuffled the offensive line in a big way for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Kansas City Chiefs responded with their first win in more than a month.

Reid wouldn’t promise the Chiefs would line up the same way again next Sunday against the Detroit Lions in London. But he seemed to acknowledge the correlation between the refigured line and the fact the Chiefs scored more points in their 23-13 victory than they had in any of the previous three games.

“I thought they did some good things,’’ Reid said. “They seem to work well together. We’ll see.’’

The big change was the move of Eric Fisher from the right side back to the left. The Chiefs put struggling left tackle Donald Stephenson on the bench.

Alex Smith was sacked twice but also had the time to complete three passes of more than 25 yards. The Chiefs rushed for 138 yards, their second-highest total of the season. Charcandrick West had 110 rushing yards and a touchdown.

“You turn on the Pittsburgh tape and it was pressure, pressure and more pressure,’’ Smith said. “They’re bringing anybody and everybody: the corners, the safeties. It’s coming from all over the place. They invented zone pressure, they do it better than anybody.

“[The linemen] had a tall task. There had to be a lot of communication. I thought for the changes that got made this week, those guys did such a great job of communicating and being a unit.’’

The Chiefs also had a new right side of the offensive line, with veteran Jeff Allen taking over at tackle and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif returning at guard after being benched earlier in the season. Mitch Morse remained at center and Ben Grubbs at left guard.

“The main thing I thought that they did was they battled,’’ Reid said. “There’s a certain attitude that they brought to the game, and they’re not going to get the credit, but the result is a running back that got 110 yards and a quarterback that had some big throws there.’’