The 0-3 record that looms over the Chiefs this preseason is a frustrating one, however, their is promise in the young team. Each game the team has made positive strides and looked better with the same holding true for last nights game in the New Arrowhead. It was a game, for the Chiefs, marked by defensive play and a strong rushing attack.It was a game where the Chiefs showed what they can bring to the table, but consistency and balance are the key.
The defense recorded five sacks, the most in any game for the Chiefs (preseason, regular season, and post season) since the regular season game against the Vikings in 2007, along with their first interception of the preseason.
The one part of the defense that again and again has proven their worth this preseason are the linebackers. They have constantly been flying around the ball making the plays, laying the big hits (like Derrick Johnson did on Mike Bell last night), and eating up the ball carriers. Linebackers Demarrio Williams and Andy Studebaker recorded two sacks a piece, with Defensive end Dion Gales tallying the fifth. The Chiefs only allowed 106 yards on the ground with a 4.1 avg per carry. Not as good as their two previous games, but a very promising and exciting trend to watch with the season right around the corner.
In a game where the defense was able to hold off the Eagles offense, the Chiefs offense were also able to establish a run game. The Chiefs scampered for 168 yards on the ground averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Young running back Jackie Battle continued to show his skill with 10 rushes for 49 yards. Rookie Dexter McCluster along with Jamaal Charles were able to pull off big runs of their own bring their totals to 47 and 40 on the night, respectively. Charles hobbled off the field late before the end of the 1st half due to what looked to be an upper arm, possible shoulder injury. Jones was able to make his night more respectable with his 11 yard TD run, but other than that he had 9 rushes for 19 yards. These stats and looks that Jones is getting is starting to make me more and more confident that he will be are solid rock on the offense. He has yet to have a performance that says “that is why we picked him up!” Now do not get me wrong I understand it is only the preseason and none of this matters, however if Charles (barring injury) keeps playing the way he is along with McCluster pulling off big runs, Jones could find himself down the season stretch losing a lot of reps.
Matt Cassel was efficient, but he was not that little something extra to help drive the Chiefs. He did have a nice 4 yard touchdown to Dwayne Bowe, but other than that Cassel just doesn’t seem able to make the big plays. He can be efficient and accurate, but when it comes time to turn it on and have that extra spark, I just do not see it.
The third quarter seems to be cursed for the Chiefs. Last week Maurice Leggett was carted off with a neck injury and the same happened to linebacker Cameron Sheffield who was involved in a helmet to helmet hit and was carted off after 8 minutes of silence in the stadium. I have gotten word today that Sheffield was “moving,” which is good news, but it brings us sports fans back to reality and we must understand that this is a violent game. A game that is in itself, a game, and that their is life after football.
The Grand opening of the New Arrowhead did not see the Chiefs win, but I feel the fans in attendance were seeing the baby steps the team is taking for a very bright future. In order for the team to become a winning team, then their needs to be more balance on both sides of the ball at the same time. Other notables…. Eric Berry recorded 5 tackles in the game….Ryan Succop was 1/1 for 43 yards..and Dustin Colquitt had 7 punts, 4 of which were inside the 20, and one that was 73 yards.
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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.