SPORTS FBN-REDSKINS-CHIEFS 15 KC

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker is mobbed by teammates after his go ahead fourth quarter field goal in the fourth quarter during Monday's football game against Washington at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won, 29-20.

The Kansas City Chiefs are off to a strong start this season as they go undefeated into Week 5, being the only undefeated team in the NFL. Initially, they faced a 10-point deficit in Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter, but were able to rally back and defeat them 29-20. Now, you may be wondering what makes a team like the Chiefs such a threat, and I’m going to tell you three main reasons why they are leading the AFC West:

1) Alex Smith being consistent in every game

This one comes as a no brainer when discussing a quarterback’s performance, but it’s true. He has been throwing longer passes and successfully hitting his target majority of the time. Take his pass to WR Albert Wilson for example. Both being blocked by 2-man coverage, Smith threw it downfield 37 yards and Wilson caught it, which gave the Chiefs the opportunity to make the game winning FG. He also has a higher completion percentage of his throws, which happens to be 10 percentage points higher than Tom Brady. No doubt, he is definitely playing some of the best football of his career this season, so it’ll be great to see what else he is capable of.

2) Kareem Hunt is a freak of nature

The rookie running back who hasn’t slowed down since his record breaking performance against the Patriots in Week 1 on opening night of the season. While he didn’t even score a single TD on Monday night, he proved to be one of the freshest and most physical players on the field. One of his most pivotal plays was a 16-yard run right up the middle that put KC inside Washington’s 20-yard line. Even when Hunt doesn’t have possession of the ball, his presence on field puts defense on its heels because of his quickness. With 502 rushing yards and 157 receiving yards in just four games, he’s on pace to finish the season with 2,636 yards, breaking the record for yards from scrimmage in a season. It’ll continue to a thrill watching him excel this season.

3) Travis Kelce is climbing the ranks

Since being drafted by the Chiefs in 2013, he become one of the premiere tight ends in the league. Having a poor performance in Week 3 against the Chargers, Kelce made up for it on Monday night. Although it may have seemed like the Redskins had the advantage early in the game, Kelce still managed to have a good game. He scored the first TD of the night for the Chiefs near the end of the second quarter bringing the score to 7-10. Despite scoring only 1 TD, he still put up 111 yards, which is the third largest yardage total of his five-year career. Also, most Chiefs fans like myself noticed that Kelce went the entire game without getting any penalties called toward him, something he’s commonly known for.

The Chiefs next game is Sunday night against the Dallas Texans (2-2) at 7:30 CT.

ERIK BENSON is a blogger for The Vidette. He can be reached at esbenso@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter @erik_b001.

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