Chiefs Bang Jaguars For Fourth Victory


From Arrowhead Stadium

Week-by-week they are washing away the stench of the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons. They are not a great team, they may not even be a good team, but they are team that has lifted a franchise out of the morass that came with those three previous seasons.

With their 42-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, the Chiefs pushed their victory total to four and their record to 4-2 on the season. Last season, they didn’t win their fourth game until the third day of this year, when they beat the Broncos in Denver.

Coming off their two-game losing streak, the taste of home cooking for the Chiefs really tasted good.

“How you respond to some of these situations throughout the year as a team, you start to define what kind of team you have,” said head coach Todd Haley. “I think that judging off today, I’m not ready to say it yet, but we’re getting closer. We are becoming a team. We are just trying to be a good team. We’re not there yet.”

Last year was last year. Haley, Matt Cassel and all those who lived through the painful 4-12 season are constantly dragged back and asked about memories of last year. They would rather not. They would all rather look ahead to the next challenge. There’s a reason for that – there’s something in the future.

“Last year was challenging for many people in this organization and losing is never fun,” said Cassel. “To be able to turn it around and be where we are at right now, it’s excited, it’s fun, it’s energizing as a player. You put in all this hard work week in and week out, and to finally be able to see it come about and be 4-2 right now. I’m excited about where we are.

“The entire team is gaining confidence.”

It showed on the field against a Jacksonville team that is struggling right now as their record fell to 3-4 on the season. Last week at this time Todd Bouman was at home with his family. Sunday, he was starting his first NFL game in five years. The Jaguars were coming off a big loss on Monday night to Tennessee and they are struggling on defense.

The Chiefs took advantage of all those factors. They were dominating on offense and defense and their 22-point victory was built on old school football – they ran the ball, stopped the run and won the turnover battle. They ran for 236 yards, they allowed just 84 yards and they won the turnover battle plus-three and did not have a giveaway for the second consecutive game.

They took those three turnovers and turned them into Kansas City touchdowns. They were four-for-four in the scoring zone and six of 11 on third downs and they had an eight-minute advantage in time of possession. And, they played a fourth quarter without the pressure of the game’s outcome in doubt.

That was the sign of another step in their development – they finally showed a killer instinct.

“Coach talked about it throughout the week and really emphasized the point that when we get an opportunity to close out a game, let’s do it, let’s not give them a chance,” said Cassel. “When we got the opportunity in the fourth quarter, we did that.”

Leading 28-20 after a “pick-six” interception return for a touchdown by LB Derrick Johnson, the Chiefs put two more touchdowns on the scoreboard in the final period, while keeping the Jaguars out of the end zone. There was never a chance for Jacksonville to think they could get back in the game.

“It was important for us to not let them gain any confidence,” said Johnson, who returned the Bouman interception for 18 yards and his second career touchdown. “We wanted to control the game and we worked hard to never let it out of our hands.

That really started with the earliest moments of the game and included the first takeaway of the day. The teams traded punts, but Jacksonville had a big advantage because returner Michael Thomas got loose and was headed for the end zone on his return.

But as he crossed the Chiefs 30-yard line, CB Javier Arenas came from behind him and punched the football out. The ball was on the ground and the guy who ended up with it was the guy who started the play, Chiefs long snapper Thomas Gafford. “Once I got my hands on it, I wasn’t letting go,” Gafford said.

So that 49-yard punt return led to a minus 3-yard net punt for the Chiefs, but they got the ball back. It took only two plays for the offense to score, thanks to a 70-yard run on first down by RB Thomas Jones. He went off the right side of center Casey Wiegmann and got blocked down field from three tight ends in the game and Bowe, and it was off to the races.

Jones wasn’t able to make it into the end zone as he was dragged down at the Jacksonville four-yard line by S Courtney Greene. But Jamaal Charles came in and scored on the next play and after Ryan Succop’s PAT kick, the Chiefs held a 7-0 lead.

The Jaguars got the next two scores, as Josh Scobee kicked a 35-yard field goal and then Bouman connected with RB Maurice Jones-Drew on an 18-yard TD pass against a full blitz. The Jacksonville running back ran away from OLB Mike Vrabel who was trying to cover him. When Scobee hit the PAT, the visitors were up 10-7.

That lead didn’t last long as the Chiefs offense scored on its next possession, moving 73 yards on 14 plays before Jones leaped over the middle of the line for a one-yard touchdown. The key plays in the possession were Cassel passes of 20 yards to TE Tony Moeaki and 22 yards to Bowe.

Succop’s PAT kick gave the lead to the Chiefs and they never relinquished it. Jacksonville added an 18-yard Scobee field goal just before half-time and the K.C. lead was 14-13.

It took just two plays for the Chiefs to get another touchdown, as Cassel and Bowe hooked up on a 53-yard score where the wide receiver did a great job of getting away from two Jacksonville defenders that had the chance to stop him.

Bouman brought the Jaguars right back, with the help of a pass interference penalty on SS Eric Berry and found WR Mike Sims-Walker in the end zone for a nine-yard score. With the PAT kick, the Chiefs led 21-20 and the game’s outcome was still very much in doubt with just over 10 minutes to play in the third quarter.

The play that really ended any chance for the Jaguars came about five minutes later. With the ball at their 12-yard line, Bouman dropped back and threw a short pass to the middle of the field intended for TE Zach Potter. But Johnson, who dropped a potential pick-six interception last Sunday, leaped and grabbed the ball, returning it 15 yards for a touchdown.

From that point on, the Jaguars were sunk. In their next three possessions Bouman was two of eight throwing the ball with an interception and the offense produced 35 yards on 10 plays, with 29 yards coming on a single play – a pass to Jones-Drew.

The Chiefs meanwhile got another Cassel to Bowe touchdown, this one from six yards that featured a remarkable catch. Working in the end zone, Bowe somehow got both feet down to score and finish the 10-play, 85-yard drive.

Berry got his first NFL interception a few minutes later and returned it 35 yards. That’s when Jackie Battle got a chance to play and he carried three times and scored on a one-yard run. Succop’s PAT kick finished the scoring.

“It was fun today,” said Cassel “We are making plays, we are running the ball effectively, we are being efficient in the passing game. I think everyone is starting to believe in the system and what is going on.”


8 Responses to “Chiefs Bang Jaguars For Fourth Victory”

  • October 24, 2010  - Tracy says:

    What we are witnessing is the Todd Haley/Scott Pioli “process”. It is playing out before our eyes. Haley’s repeated expressions of confidence in Matt Cassel and Dwayne Bowe are bearing fruit and he is making believers of Chiefs Nation as well as the men on the team.
    This is kind of like seeing a wounded veteran push through the pain of physical rehabilitation so that he can do things again which he previously had taken for granted.
    What we also saw today is reaffirmation of the “Any given Sunday…” credo because this game was not well in hand until partway through the third quarter and we were reminded that no game can be taken for granted. Even though the Jaguars were not favored, they were certainly a tough out.
    Can’t wait until next Sunday.


  • October 24, 2010  - aPauled says:

    “…said Johnson, who returned the Bouman interception for 18 yards and his second career touchdown.”

    DJ had 2 in Denver last year. Has to be at least the third of his career.

    Overall not a great day for the D. Had their moments with the goal line stand, Pick 6, and shutout in Q4…but shouldn’t have given up 20 to the Jags.


  • October 25, 2010  - Chiefs Beat Jax 42-20 For Victory #4 | Chiefs Football at BobGretz.com says:

    [...] GAME STORY – Making the past history with dominant victory. [...]


  • October 25, 2010  - Carl says:

    Perspective:

    Overall, I’m pleased with the Chief’s progress and record to date. Their performance today was good but not as good as the score might indicate.

    Our running attack has exceeded expectations, including improved blocking. Cassel and the receivers are adequate, but passing is not yet a strength.

    The defense has had its moments. However, I am particularly concerned about pass defense based on the last two games. I’m afraid other teams will take advantage of what they have learned from this. We need more pressure on the quarterback and better secondary play and/or schemes. Hopefully this will improve with some adjustments and experience – but we are very vulnerable to a strong passing attack. Don’t be surprised if we have some unexpected losses unless this quickly improves.

    Despite the need for continued upgrades in personnel and performance, we are on the right track. Just don’t get too excited yet. Although we will have some downers ahead I am encouraged about the future. Patience!


  • October 25, 2010  - Niblick says:

    Somebody on this site nailed the Chiefs victory. He said we would hold Jones-Drew to under a 100, Cassell would throw for two TDs and pass for about 200 yards. I don’t remember exactly what he said the score would be, but I think he had the Chiefs winning by about 14.

    This was a great Chiefs win. They didn’t play great, but that’s the sign of a good football team who can put away a struggling team late.


  • October 25, 2010  - Edward says:

    Was at the game Sunday. First time I ever watched a Chiefs game live it was alot of fun. Arrowhead was like a rock concert. Enjoyed the game and had a great time hate I didn’t bump into you Bob. As for the game we’re starting to put things together. Passing game and running game are starting to compliment each other. Defense is looking good still need to work on getting more pressure on the Qb consistently but we really are starting to click. A few more wins then maybe we can start talking home field advantage in the playoffs.


  • October 25, 2010  - Nate says:

    Tracy said it best with the first comment on this article!


  • October 25, 2010  - Michael says:

    Can’t nap on Buffalo either. They put up big numbers on the Ravens, and Fitzpatrick is no joke. Their rookie back, Spiller, is pretty good, too. If KC keeps stays true to its game, though, I like the Chiefs chances.

    I’m a little concerned about the pass D also but, then again, the DBs have been getting some BS interference calls going against them lately. There were 3 in the Jax game and, of course, the one against Flowers in the Houston game. A little more pressure on the QB and some competent officiating would go a long way.

    This KC team is starting to figure out who it is, its strengths and weaknesses and what to do with them. I like this team because if it sticks to the plan, it can hang with anybody.




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