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Chiefs Ride Defense, Go 2-0

Posted By Vince Sapienza On Sep 20 2010 @ 2:04 pm In Kansas City Chiefs | No Comments

The Chiefs have won their second game of the season in as many weeks for the first time since 2005. The Chiefs cam from behind in the second half with a pair of field goals from Ryan Succop to beat Cleveland in the Browns home opener of the season. They did it with a second half ground game, controlling the clock, and a suffocating defense that did not give the Browns offense much room to wiggle.

The Chiefs after two weeks are undefeated and at the top of the AFC West, though it is early in the season, Kansas City is all smiles for a second week in a row. Their is a lot to be hopeful about with the Chiefs, however still some concern. Romeo Crennel has done some masterful work with the Chief defense, they have been flying everywhere on the field, however Charlie Weis is having some troubles getting Matt Cassel to be consistent and efficient.

Let’s start with the defense. [1]

The linebackers are the core, the backbone, the spine, whatever you want to call them, they are the batteries that make the Chiefs defense go. Derrick Johnson in two weeks has been the leader of the defense based upon his play and intensity, recording 7 tackles yesterday tied for the most. The man (or kid) who also had 7 tackles in the game was first round pick Eric Berry, now I felt he was the only rookie that struggled in Week 1, however he has gotten better, kind of. Berry recorded 7 tackles, two of which were for a loss, but those tackles were major hits helping in the rush defense. However, as he did in WEek 1, Berry was again a liability in the pass coverage making another rookie mistake that lead to another big score for the opposing offense. This time it was Berry getting sucked into another underneath route and leaving his corner one on one with one of the fastest guys in the NFL, Josh Cribbs. Berry will be a longtime stud in this league, but his pass coverage needs to be sharper, and he needs to see these receivers streaking past him.

And I cannot move on without stating the nice, open eyed defensive touchdown by corner back Brandon Flowers, who literally scored the only Chiefs touchdown on Sunday.  Also the Chiefs run defense is miles better than they were last year, they gave up 76 yards on the grounds yesterday averaging only 2.6 yards per carry. That is how you give your team and offense a chance to win. Jerome Harrison ran for 276 yards last year, yesterday 33. We like that number better.

Special Teams.

The Chiefs did a fantastic job covering Josh Cribbs on the punt returns and kick returns, by not allowing Cribbs to change the game they game their team a chance to win. Much credit to Dustin Colquitt. On the flip side much credit goes to the Cleveland side as well as Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster were unable to get anything going like they did in Week 1.

Offense. [2]

Now I told you all to start Dwayne Bowe this week because I thought Cassel would get things going, but to no avail so for that I apologize. Cassel finished with a rating of 46.1, just over 50% pass completion with 2 picks. But a win. Ugly, but he will take it. I guess we will too. Cassel again was constantly throwing the check down or underneath routes, rarely did he toss it over 15 yards and was pretty much unsuccessful.  Rookie Tony Moeaki has quickly become Cassel’s favorite target thus far in the season, snagging 5 passes for 58 yards and he was thrown to ten times. But what gave the Chiefs their second win, on offense, was their second half run game. Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles didn’t get anything going in the first half, but in the second half they had a different energy. The duo were running hard and fighting for those extra yards which allowed the Chiefs to control the clock and keep it out of Seneca Wallace’s hands.

16-14. Ugly, but again a win is a win. In a game where the defense dominated, the Chiefs offense did just enough to put them at 2-0. Check back later on in the week when I give you the Chiefs keys to stealing a road win over the Ravens.

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