It took me an extra day to be able to gather my thoughts on the 4th quarter debacle that was the Chiefs defense, that up to that point has been the reason why they are leading the AFC West. The Texans needed four touchdowns to beat the Chiefs, and with Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub, their final four possessions ended in touchdowns.
The Chiefs possibly played their best game of the season, yet lost. Matt Cassel finally looked like the quarterback the Chief brass had invested so much money into. Cassel was 20-29 for 201 yards and three scores, with NO picks. Those kind of numbers, that kind of efficiency is what wins games-not this one.
Two of Cassel’s scores went to the inconsistent and much frustrated wide out Dwayne Bowe. Bowe who had a game to forget last week against Indianapolis, had a career day catching six passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. So with the kind of passing attack, we must have lost the game because we couldn’t the ball…WRONG. Jamaal Charles ran for 93 yards with Thomas Jones getting over the 100 yard mark for the first time this season.
However, toward the end of the game with the Texans in process of making their comeback, on a third down and short Haley and the Chiefs elected to run a play action pass, where, well you know the end result. The first half, the Chief defense looked like the dominant self it had been since week 1, but for whatever reason Schaub and the gang were able to solve the once problematic Chief defense. Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel was without answers the entire fourth quarter with all the momentum in the Texans favor.
Brandon Flowers shut down Johnson early and the run defense was on point, but something clicked for the Texans going into that third quarter ultimately putting another loss on the Chiefs record. Now if the Chiefs were in any other league this kind of loss would be awful in terms of division standings, but not for the AFC Worst- I mean West. All AFC West teams lost on Sunday, with each one losing by four points or less.
Going forward, The Chiefs have a lot to build off this loss. Cassel is continually getting more and more comfortable and with that happening the coaching staff are able to open up the offense and let Cassel gun it down field. No one loves it more than Bowe who after Sunday looks like a top receiver in this league, but in order to earn that title he will have to consistently day in, day out prove it.
The Chiefs still lead the AFC West with a 3-2 record, with the Broncos, Chargers, and Raiders in second (or last) place with 2-4 records. Check back in a couple days for a preview on the Chiefs hosting the Jaguars. Heads up Chiefs Nation, anything can happen when your in the AFC West.
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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.