The Chiefs shot down the Cardinals in Arrowhead last night. Arizona traveled down to Kansas earlier in the week to practice with the Chiefs leading up to their second preseason game. The familiarity showed as results were much like last week’s (not so) Hall of Fame Game vs. the Saints. QB John Skelton got the start with the 1st team offense, as was the plan since the QB battle began, and looked very mediocre. The offense failed to mount a scoring drive under Skelton while he went 3-6 for 35 yards and one pick. Matt Cassel and the Chief’s offense looked very impressive against the Cardinal’s starting D, he went 5-6 for 67 yards and 1 TD while a healthy Jamal Charles and new RB Peyton Hillis ran for a combined 54 yards on only 7 carries. Both starting units for the Cardinals struggled last night, but Cam Newton had a %40 completion in the preseason last year, so improvement in the next few weeks is definitely attainable.
The way the Chiefs starting offense moved up the field was very unsettling to those who believe this defense will be top-tier this season. However, both linebackers Sam Acho and O’brien Schofield were making plays sideline to sideline and show no reason for Zona fans not to be very excited with how talented this young defense is. With proven guys like Calias Campbell and Darnell Docket on the D-line and Peterson in the secondary, there is only little cause for concern with the defense’s lapses in the early exhibition games. Better containment and tackling will come with more playing, and it better because the defense will be expected to be the strength of this football team.
For those expecting Kevin Kolb to come out and prove he should start last night, there’s always next week. Kolb went 1-5 in limited action, but he threw the ball well despite the receivers dropping a couple passes. Neither quarterback has solidified himself as the favorite to be named starter just yet, and thats troubling for fans because the third preseason game is approaching and that is when most teams begin to know how their depth chart is structured. Kolb will get the start with the 1st team offense next week, so hopefully he can put some numbers on the scoreboard. The longer it takes for one quarterback to separate himself from the other, the worse the Cardinals chances are at making the playoffs. Fitzgerald is good enough to have a chemistry with any of the 4 QBs Arizona has, but the rest of the offense needs a guy to build with if they want to succeed, especially rookie WR Michael Floyd.
One promising sign last night was the play of 3rd string QB Ryan Linely and rookie WR LaRon Byrd. I know the last thing Arizona needs is another QB in the mix, but Linely looked very poised last night as he connected with Byrd, an undrafted rookie out of Miami(Fl), several times while they took the offense down the field to score. Depth is huge in the NFL and its always good to see young players showing potential. Rich Bartel, Arizona’s 4th QB, went 5-6 for 67 yards and a TD to Jaymar Johnson to put up the final points in a 27-17 loss to the Chiefs.
It is never fun to see The Cardinals lose, but the Colts sucked in the preseason during the Manning days and so have the Packers the last 3 years, so these results aren’t as always transparent as one might think. Both RBs Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams suited up for pre-game warmups and appear to be ready to play soon which is essential, both of them are studs and would make a big difference. The 3rd preseason game is always the game where the starters play the most though, so a better outcome in next fridays game vs the Raiders will be expected.
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Written by Thomas Mitchell
Born & raised in Arizona, part of the MJ generation. Lifelong sports fanatic