KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If nothing else, the 2017 Kansas City Chiefs are developing different ways to beat their opponents.
In one of their two games, they prevailed in a high-scoring, high-yardage shootout. In the other, they played a defensive battle that was tied until midway through the fourth quarter, when Justin Houston deflected an Eagles pass that teammate Chris Jones intercepted. The play set up Kansas City’s go-ahead touchdown.
“Really meaningful,’’ quarterback Alex Smith said of the Chiefs’ ability to win a second game with different strengths. “No two games are alike in this league. You’ve got to find ways to make adjustments sometimes.
“I thought it was big that we didn’t get frustrated. We made adjustments at halftime and came out in the second half and down the line pieced together some big drives that were able to open that game up.
“It’s the NFL. Everybody’s good. … To continue to fight and not get frustrated and stay together and find a way, I think that’s important. I think good teams do that.’’
The Chiefs’ two games couldn’t have been more different. The Chiefs beat the New England Patriots in the season opener with a big-play offense that posted more than 500 yards and scored 42 points.
The Chiefs went over 300 yards against the Eagles but only by finding a rhythm late in the game. They scratched out a measly existence for almost three quarters before finally prevailing with two touchdowns from Kareem Hunt and one from Travis Kelce in the game’s final 17 minutes.
The Chiefs trailed much of the game against New England but they always felt in control. Their offense usually had an answer for the Patriots.
Against the Eagles, it felt like the Chiefs were always living on the edge because they’re offense couldn’t handle what Philadelphia was bringing, which was relentless pressure. The Chiefs were rendered helpless for much of the game by the Eagles’ heat. Smith was sacked four times.
But the Chiefs found a way to win, and for that they deserve some credit. The Eagles presented the Chiefs with some problems the Patriots didn’t, but the Chiefs hung around long enough to finally solve them.