Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Smith threw for 240 yards while
rushing for a touchdown, and the Kansas City defense stood tall once again to
keep the Chiefs unbeaten with Sunday's 17-16 victory over a game Houston
The Chiefs limited an injury-plagued Houston offense to a pair of Randy
Bullock field goals while sacking fill-in quarterback Case Keenum five times
over the final two quarters to make a 14-10 halftime lead stand up and improve
the NFL's first-half surprise to 7-0 on the season.
Smith finished an efficient 23-of-34 with an interception, while Jamaal
Charles churned out 86 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in the win.
Keenum, elevated from the third string to a starter's role with Matt Schaub
sidelined by a sprained ankle, did perform fairly well in his first NFL
action, and Houston (2-5) gave the Chiefs all they could handle despite losing
running back Arian Foster and linebacker Brian Cushing to injuries during the
Keenum fired a 29-yard touchdown pass to rookie DeAndre Hopkins in the second
quarter and accumulated 271 yards on 15-of-25 passing with no interceptions,
but lost a fumble on a sack by Tamba Hali with under two minutes to play that
ultimately dealt the disappointing Texans a fifth consecutive defeat.
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