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On The Beat: Talking Chiefs improved defense, speed to burn and measuring sticks with Adam Teicher

Every week, we up our prep on the Patriots’ next opponent with our “5 questions…” feature where we check in with a writer who covers New England’s next opponent. For this week’s game against the Texans, we talk with Adam Teicher, the longtime Chiefs beat writer for ESPN.com and, before that, the KC Star. Check him out on Twitter here. Thanks to Adam for his time

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1. Adam, after seeing the Chiefs in the past couple of games, could you argue the defense is now playing more consistent football than the Chiefs offense?

That’s an easy case to make. Defense has led the way for the Chiefs in their past couple of games and you might even say with accuracy the defense has carried the load. The offense managed one first-half touchdown two games ago against the Chargers and that only after being set up at the 6 following an interception. In the fourth quarter, the Chiefs were repeatedly unable to move the ball and gave the Chargers a number of chances to score the tying or winning touchdown. The defense responded with stops, including two interceptions. Then the Chiefs had a season-low 259 yards last week. But the Raiders were shut out until the fourth quarter and didn’t score their only touchdown until less than a minute remaining.

2. Why do you think the offense has looked a bit disjointed, and are they far off from clicking again?

It’s a mix of things: