Sure, they played much of the match against a West Brom side down to 10 men and seemingly forgetting how to defend.
But it is the very fact Chelsea so unsettled what has been at times a well organised defence this season that sets them apart to their performances last season.
The Blues famously needed a controversial injury time penalty equaliser against the Baggies last year to preserve their then undefeated home record under Jose Mourinho.
How difference it was yesterday as West Brom relied on England goalkeeper Ben Foster's superb form to keep the scoreline down in what was a rampant first half display.
And while Chelsea pass every test thrown at them with ease, champions Manchester City struggle through their fixture list, and traditional rivals Arsenal and Manchester United batter each other in an entertaining game at the Emirates that in truth just demonstrates how woeful they both are.
Of course, the difference between that Chelsea side and this one is three key signings: Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.
Matic came in in January and immediately looked like the best defensive midfielder in the league, dominant both in possession and retrieving the ball. Alongside him, Fabregas has brought a class and passing flair even Frank Lampard didn't possess in his pomp. What the Spaniard lacks in goals in comparison to the Chelsea legend he more thank makes up in creativity.
And then there is Diego Costa, probably the single most important addition to the Blues squad.
In what was always looking like it was going to be a match made in heaven, last season's best La Liga striker is already looking like this season's best Premier League striker, and the former Atletico star already has 11 goals to his name, despite carrying an hamstring injury for the majority of his Chelsea career.
It was very much obvious that a top class striker would instantly turn this Chelsea team into title favourites, and with the Blues yet to lose a match, and Costa leading the line superbly, it does more than that, it turns them into title certainties.