The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the NFL’s biggest surprises.
An unbeaten start through the season’s first four games has hinged on a revamped and inspired defense, a rejuvenated head coach in Andy Reid and a quarterback in Alex Smith determined to prove he is for real. Next up for the Chiefs is a very winnable game against a Tennessee Titans team, who are without injured star hurler Jake Locker. The contest is on Sunday at noon Cayman time on CBS.
Looking at their schedule, the Chiefs have legitimate dreams of winning 10 or more games and being a playoff team this year. Kansas City has all the pieces to keep their winning streak going for weeks to come and they should stomp out the Titans by two touchdowns.
The other major surprise has been the unbeaten New Orleans Saints, fresh off a Monday night thrashing of the previously undefeated Miami Dolphins. New Orleans puts their flawless record on the line on Sunday against the 3-1 Chicago Bears at noon on FOX.
Like many pundits have said, the Saints look similar to the Super Bowl-winning 2009 squad. The Bears are much better defensively than the Dolphins but the Saints have been able to score at will and should clip the Bears by seven points.
Monday’s contest between the 2-2 New York Jets and 1-3 Atlanta Falcons offers some intrigue. The ESPN showcase, which starts at 7:40 p.m., pits two teams currently suffering subpar quarterback play. The Jets’ growing pains with rookie Geno Smith will keep the team back from upsetting top clubs so Matt Ryan’s Falcons should win by 17 points.
The 2-2 Buffalo Bills and 2-2 Cleveland Browns play on Thursday at 7:25 p.m. on the NFL Network in a game that offers some interest. Buffalo’s E.J. Manuel and Cleveland’s Brian Hoyer are young hurlers catching their stride. It’s a tough call but the Bills’ talent should guide them to a three-point victory.