Short of a top-five defense, the Kansas City Chiefs haven’t performed extraordinarily well in any major statistical NFL category. Yet when they host the Cleveland Browns today at Arrowhead Stadium at 1pm EST / 10am PST on CBS, they’ll be playing for an 8-0 record and the privilege of remaining the NFL’s only unbeaten team. Watch Browns vs Chiefs game online free streaming live to see whether Chiefs head coach Andy Reid can silence the critics who say his team’s success is due to a soft schedule. True, the Cleveland Browns have a losing record, but they’re still a surprisingly strong team.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith hasn’t had a big season, going just 145-250 for 1,570 yards and seven touchdowns, but he’s also done damage on the ground, becoming the team’s second-leading rusher with 218 yards and a 5.1-yards-per-carry average. That average is better than Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who’s averaging 4.2, but Smith’s total yards run pales in comparison to Charles’ 561. But even as the Chiefs passing game isn’t ranked as highly as the Browns air attack (26th to 19th), the cumulative effect of rushing and passing has done what it needs to do to get the Chiefs to a 7-0 record and looking for win number eight against the Browns.
Of course, the defense has helped, as the Chiefs have the fifth-ranked defense in the NFL through seven weeks. However, when you watch Browns vs Chiefs game online free streaming live using the links above and below, you’ll see a Cleveland Browns defense that will match the Chiefs’ punch for punch. Ranked seventh in the League, the Browns defense is holding opposing holding opponents to just 99 yards on the ground, which could give Charles and Smith some trouble.
However, the Browns are allowing teams to convert on a whopping 45.3% of their third downs, and they’re giving up almost twice as many points as the Chiefs (22.3 vs 11.6).
Critics point out that the Chiefs’ victories have come against the Jaguars, Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Titans, Raiders and Texans, with Dallas being the only team currently owning a record over .500. Including today’s game against the Cleveland Browns and next week’s game against Buffalo, they Chiefs aren’t likely to change that line of thinking. But it’s tough to win any game in the NFL, so if they’re 9-0 going into a Nov. 17 showdown in Denver against the Broncos, skeptics nationwide will be waiting to see whether the Chiefs are contenders or pretenders.
But first things first: today’s game against the Browns. The Brandon Weeden era is essentially over in Cleveland, as Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has announced that Jason Campbell will start today’s game. That might be a curveball for the Chiefs to overcome, but then again, the Browns are on their third starting quarterback of the season, so it may not throw Kansas City for a loop at all. The QB turmoil certainly hasn’t done much to affect other teams.
Kickoff for today’s Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs game is slated for 1pm EST / 10am PST on CBS. Or, you can watch Browns vs Chiefs game online free streaming live on DirecTV’s website if you have the NFL Sunday Ticket Package. The package requires a subscription, but anyone who has it can watch the live streaming version free of charge. If the Chiefs can extend their impressive start to 8-0, after already having the best turnaround record in NFL history, what else can Andy Reid possibly do to silence the doubters that he’s favored for the 2013 NFL coach of the year award?