When you are the top dog, head honcho…the um, chief, everyone once a crack at taking you down. From here on out, that’s the obstacle that the Kansas City Chiefs will be facing. With Jason Campbell leading a so-so Cleveland team into Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs were able to hold off the charging Browns 23-17 and maintain their perfect record at 8-0.
Alex Smith helped the Chiefs jump out to 20-10 lead at the half, on touchdown tosses of 12 yards to Anthony Sherman and 28 yards to Dexter McCluster. K.C. was cruising along with that second TD coming after Jamaal Charles busted off two long runs, including one to convert a third down, before Smith found McCluster.
That score made it 20-7 and came after the Browns used some trickery. Willie McGahee took a handoff and flipped it back to Campbell who found Josh Gordon for a 39 yard touchdown. The Browns showed some life after the Chiefs defense held Cleveland to back to back to back, three and outs to start the game.
The Browns got a field goal to get within 20-10 just before the half, and another touchdown closed them to within a field goal.
However, the Chiefs did what they do best in the second half and that’s use their defense and Charles to hold teams off. The Browns didn’t score for just about the final 25 minutes of the game and Charles accounted for over one-third of the Chiefs offense, gaining 74 rushing yards and 46 receiving yards, making up 120 of the Chiefs’ 331 yards from scrimmage (36.3 percent).