The only thing the Chiefs and their fans should and will care about will be the team's record. Kansas City is now 8-0. It's an amazing story following a 2-14 season.
Whatever bad luck the Chiefs had last year is being repaid in full this season.
For the second straight week, the Chiefs struggled at home against a losing team with a backup quarterback, but won. Last week, they escaped Case Keenum and the Houston Texans with a one-point win. This week, Jason Campbell and the Browns almost came into Arrowhead Stadium and played the NFL's last undefeated team very tough.
Kansas City won 23-17. They kicked a field goal with 17 seconds left to put it away.
Had the Chiefs been on the road either of the last two weeks, or played a better team, or even had the last two opponents had their preferred quarterbacks, it's probably a decent bet that the Chiefs wouldn't be perfect anymore and the 1972 Dolphins would be popping their champagne. But catching breaks – going against the easiest schedule in the NFL through eight weeks, facing a string of backup quarterbacks, catching some good bounces during a game or a combination of all three – is part of NFL success.
The Chiefs' biggest break came in the fourth quarter when the Browns were getting the ball back on a punt. Cleveland was down three points and about to take over in Chiefs territory. And Browns punt returner Davone Bess dropped the ball. He wasn't hit, he just put it on the ground. The Chiefs recovered at their own 47-yard line. Instead of the Browns needing a few yards to get into field-goal range and tie the game, the Chiefs had the ball.
Cleveland got another shot at it deep in their territory, and Bess dropped a pass on fourth down that effectively ended the game.
The Chiefs have nothing to apologize for. They've defeated everyone that on their schedule so far. Only one of their eight opponents has a winning record, and they barely defeated two straight inferior opponents in a row.
They're still undefeated though, even though a 3-5 Browns team out-gained them (barely though, 340 yards to 331). The Chiefs will need to play better to remain undefeated, but the NFL's last perfect team continues on.
Next week? The Chiefs get the 3-5 Buffalo Bills, who will likely be using backup quarterback Thad Lewis.
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