KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It doesn't have to be pretty, and it wasn't.
The Chiefs dominated the Cleveland Browns in the first 20 minutes of Sunday's game, then hung on for dear life, getting a 23-17 win. The Chiefs are now 8-0 for the second time in franchise history and remain the only unbeaten team in the NFL for the 2013 season.
While the Chiefs bask in the glory of another win, they acknowledge it was easy -- and it could have gone better.
"Every win is a good win," Coach Reid said. "This one was awful close, but the guys battled."
After the game when asked why the offense nearly blew it in the second half, Reid said he took some of the blame.
“You know what? I probably got stale on them," he said. "I didn’t dial them up as well as the first half. I have to do a better job there. That’s two weeks in a row that we’ve come out a little bit slow in the second half. We have to start better than that, and I’ll make sure I put the guys in position to do that.”
With Sunday’s win, the Chiefs became the first team in NFL history to go 8-0 during their first year with a new head coach and quarterback. The Chiefs are also the first team to start 8-0 after posting two or fewer wins in the previous season and are the first team in NFL history to start 8-0 after posting the league’s worst record in the previous year. Kansas City’s 8-0 start is the second-best start in franchise history behind the club’s 9-0 start in 2003.
They square off against the Buffalo Bills in New York on Sunday, Nov. 3.