Well hello again Chiefs Nation. I must apologize once again for the tardiness of the post, however I just got home from the road. I again had a chance to re-watch the game and in comparison to week 1, it was much easier on the eyes.
Matt Cassel led the Chief offense to a ten point output in the 1st half. Now as fans we would have liked to see the Chiefs be up a touchdown or two, but after the last preseason game anything was an improvement. Cassel was on point hitting his targets, Dwayne Bowe, Chris Chambers, and Leonard Pope multiple times. Cassel was 14/19 for 125 yards and a touchdown, very efficient and a good outlook moving forward for the Chiefs. The first team offensive line gave up one sack, looking more cohesive than last week. However, Thomas Jones had 9 rushes for 29 yards and a fumble on the opening drive. Thus far from what I have seen from Jones is what looks to be a major drop-off from his break out season with the Jets last year. The offensive line is still ill experienced and have a tough up hill battle. Jamaal Charles looked solid on his few touches, 5 rushes for 26 yards. Even though Charles has looked very consistent when he has gotten the ball, I still stick by my thoughts of Jones being a better fantasy back.
The reserves were also up and down against the Bucs. On a bright note running back Jackie Battle made his stake for a spot on the 53 man roster with 11 rushes for 59 yards in the second half. However, Tyler Palko did not look so good, a missed opportunity with Brodie Croyle out for this game with a blank injury. Palko went 14/22 for 106 yards and two picks. Palko never looked good and missed some big plays with his poor decision making. Unless Croyle can not come back I see Palko as the third string quarterback and nothing more.
Exciting running back/receiver rookie Dexter McCluster was a bit of a downer with one rush for -1 yard and one reception for 17 yards. However, when one rookie has a slow night, the other shows why they were drafted, Javier Arenas took a kick off return for 47 yards, setting up Matt Cassel’s touchdown pass to Jeremy Horne in the first quarter.
The Chiefs were also subjected to some scary stuff in the third quarter when corner back Maurice Leggett was taken off the field on a cart late in the third quarter what was reported as a neck injury. Great news came out of camp today, Coach Todd Haley told the press that it is not spinal related and not serious. Leggett is expected to be back and practicing in the near future.
The Chiefs defense played better this week, limiting the Falcons rushing attack to a total of 99 yards. However the defense was not able to wrap up receiver Michael Spurlock on a 53 yard catch and run into the end zone. The defense was also unable to record any sacks, but were able to snag a safety late in the fourth quarter. Rookie sensation Eric Berry played better than last week and recorded 3 tackles. Berry definitely looked a lot more aware of what was going on, but he still needs some work to be a standout safety in this league.
Overall The Chiefs looked far better than the team that they were last week in my opinion and when I say that I mean mostly regarding the starters. I saw a lot of good things from Cassel and the offensive line. However, I am really looking for Jones to become more consistent and hopefully be the leader on the field that the Chiefs so desperately need.
Again, no more worries about tardiness I am home and here for all you Chiefs Nation Fans out there.
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Written by Vince Sapienza
I am a sports enthusiast pursuing an undergraduate degree in Television Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Communication Studies with a deep passion and love for all that is sports.