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Jamaal Charles dominates as Chiefs edge Seahawks

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The Kansas City Chiefs have won five straight games after Sunday's 24-20 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Which team has a better chance to make the playoffs?

1. The Chiefs are tied for first place in the AFC West at 7-3. Who saw that coming after their 2-3 start? Jamaal Charles was the best player on the field Sunday, exploding for 178 yards from scrimmage with two touchdowns. Seattle's stout rush defense made a few key stops in short yardage, but overall they just didn't look the same without Brandon Mebane. Charles made a lot of noise with runs up the gut.

2. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense remains too reliant on improvised plays. This could have been a blowout if not for Wilson's incredible escapes from Kansas City's constant pressure. Seattle is struggling to come up with throws for Wilson in rhythm, and he missed too many throws when they were there.

3. Seattle's pass rush didn't have a single QB hit or sack. We call that a "Gholston." That stat is largely game-dependent because Alex Smith only had 16 passes, and they were mostly short. But the vaunted Seahawks defensive line isn't making a big difference anymore.

4. The game was largely decided by the Chiefs defense, which stopped the Seahawks twice on fourth-and-short in the fourth quarter, and then again with time running out. The Seahawks threw unsuccessfully on the goal line late in the game. A great Andy Reid challenge (Really!) set up Marshawn Lynch getting stuffed in the fourth quarter. It was a great team effort. 

5. Kansas City's wide receivers had 18 yards on the day ... and the Chiefs won. That's the Chiefs offense in a nutshell.

6. This was a fantastic game between two evenly matched teams. Now 7-3, the Chiefs are in great position to make the playoffs. The Seahawks, now 6-4, are going to have to prove they can win tough games on the road or they will be on the road in the postseason. (If they make it at all.)

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