Well Week 1 did not go accordingly to plan for the Chiefs. The game started with Dexter McCluster fumbling the opening kickoff and it was all downhill from there. After giving up a touchdown following the fumble the Chiefs found themselves down 20-0 before finally getting on the scoreboard just before halftime. The Bills were in total control of the game from start to finish.
On a day that was full of emotion the Chiefs just came out flat. They were never really able to get into any kind of offensive rhythm. Matt Cassel finished with one-hundred nineteen yards, one touchdown, and an interception while their star running back Jamaal Charles had a mere fifty-six yards rushing. They’ve now scored seven points in each of their past two meaningful games (Sunday and last year’s Wild Card game).
The defense wasn’t any better. There was nothing they could do to stop Ryan Fitzpatrick. In what may have been the best game of his NFL career he threw for 208 yards and four touchdowns. Fred Jackson also chipped in with one-hundred twelve yards on the ground. As a defense, when you’re allowing the opposing team to convert on fifty percent of their third-down conversions you’re not going to be very successful. The Chiefs’ defense just couldn’t get off the field. They sacked Fitzpatrick once and their sole takeaway was Brandon Flowers’ interception of a Brad Smith pass when the game was well over.
The Chiefs finished the preseason 0-4. I know that doesn’t mean much, but it’s now the regular season and they looked like they were still in preseason mode. There’s no need to panic at this point in the season, but they’re going to have to make some major adjustments this week as they prepare for their game against a young and tough Detroit Lions team.
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Written by Matt Brody