Chiefs Now 2-0 After 16-14 victory over Browns

From Cleveland Stadium

The C hiefs are 2-0 for the first time since 2005 after their victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon, 16-14.

In the four years since then, they were 0-2, 0-2, 0-2 and 0-2.Last year, they did not win their second game until November 15 when they beat the Raiders in Oakland.

Brandon Flowers doesn’t want to hear it. He says it’s time to forget those poor starts in the previous half-decade.

“What happened five years ago or last year doesn’t have anything to do with what we are getting done,” said Flowers, who had the Chiefs only touchdown with a pick six on a first-half interception of Browns backup quarterback, Seneca Wallace.

What this game brought to the plate was a team that has improved on defense and special teams. It was visible in the victory over the Browns. They had an edge in offensive yards (312 to 299), despite giving the ball up three times they were 0 in the turnover ratio. They were even on sacks, the Chiefs had a 16-13 edge on first downs and they had half the penalties of the Browns (4-30 yards vs. 9-78 yards.)

“What’s becoming evident with these guys is they are understanding so much more of what this is about,” Haley said. “Right now what I know about this team our margin of error is not going t be great. They haven’t won a lot of games. We are in the process of trying to become a good team.”

This was not an especially well played game, as the Chiefs did not have an offensive touchdown. The defense scored the TD and then Ryan Succop added three field goals, including one from yards that won the game. The Chiefs did have 312 yards

But it was the defense that led this victory.

“They are making progress with new guys into the mix,” Haley said. “To beat this team we had to stop the run, that’s what we were able to do.”

They gave up a long bomb by QB Seneca Wallace to WR Joshua Cribbs for a 65-yard touchdown. But they were held to 299 yards and the Chiefs defense produced a touchdown when Flowers returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown. Last year, the Browns ran for 351 yards against the Chiefs defense. Today, they ran for just 73 yards.

The first quarter was a punt-fest between Cleveland’s Reggie Hodges and Dustin Colquitt of the Chiefs. The only score of the period was set up by the Chiefs defense. OLB Mike Vrabel shot off the edge and tackled Harrison in the backfield for a loss of three yards. Somewhere in the process of the play, Harrison lost control of the ball and it was recovered by DE Glenn Dorsey. Cleveland challenged the ruling on the field, because the fumble seemed to come after Harrison hit the ground. The field officials didn’t see it that way and the call was upheld.

The Chiefs got six yards on first down with a Cassel scramble. Two incomplete passes forced a 35-yard field goal from Ryan Succop and the Chiefs had a 3-0 lead.

The second quarter featured plenty of action as the Browns scored a pair of touchdowns and the Chiefs had one of their own. It started with a one-yard TD run by RB Peyton Hillis. Big plays in the drive were a pair of Wallace throws, finding Harrison for 23 yards and then TE Ben Watson for 44 yards. Dawson’s PAT made it 7-3 Browns.

The Chiefs offense went three and out with just nine yards gained. After Colquitt’s punt, the Cleveland offense picked up two yards on first down. Facing a 2nd-and-8 play, Wallace threw to WR Chansi Stuckey on an out patter to the right. CB Brandon Flowers timed the play perfectly, jumped in front of the throw and returned it 33 yards for a pick six. It was the second interception return for a TD in Flowers career; his first came in 2008 against the New York Jets.

Succop’s PAT kick gave the Chiefs a 10-7 lead. That did not last long. On the Browns third offensive play, Wallace connecting deep middle for a 65-yard touchdown pass to WR Joshua Cribbs. He got behind the coverage from CB Brandon Carr and ran untouched into the end zone. Dawson’s PAT gave Cleveland a 14-10 lead.

By the end of the half, Cassel had thrown a pair of interceptions. His long ball to WR Chris Chambers was picked off by CB Sheldon Brown, and then another pass to Chambers was tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by Ahtyba Rubin. On the second interception, the Browns tried a 42-yard FG, but Dawson was wide left.

The half ended at 14-10.

The Chiefs took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove down in Cleveland territory. They couldn’t punch in the end zone and Succop kicked a 26-yard FG that sliced the Browns lead to a single point. The rest of the quarter was pretty quiet.

Then in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs drove 63 yards in 14 plays and Succop nailed a 23–yard field goal and the Chiefs had a 16-14 lead. They finished things up by going for a first down on 4th-and-1 at the Cleveland 36-yard line. Thomas Jones went over the right side of the offensive line and got the first down

29 Responses to “Chiefs Now 2-0 After 16-14 victory over Browns”

  • September 19, 2010  - Tim says:

    Nice win for 2-0! Cassell is telegraphing many of his passes with e VERY deliberate & long motion. Its almost as if he’s aiming a dart. Charles HAS to get more carries. Jones is a a GREAT compiment, but some of those runs Charles may break for a really big one. Bowe was very good today. DJ reverted to his old over pursuing, out of position self a few times BUT he’s a much better player this season so far.

  • September 19, 2010  - Tracy says:

    An ugly win is still a win. Good defense and calls that went their way helped the Chiefs a lot.

  • September 19, 2010  - Brandon says:

    I wish the offense would start pulling its weight more. We’re squeaking through these games on defense, special teams, and a ton of luck. The third thing I listed won’t last.

  • September 19, 2010  - chris says:

    I will take many more ugly wins

  • September 19, 2010  - Edward says:

    Good win. Play calling could be alot better. Weis says he watched of Cassel snaps last yr but did he watch Jamal Charles. The guy has to get more carries. Jones like Tim says is a nice compliment but Charles is a home run waiting to happen he can provide the offense a spark. We’re starting to look like the team during the first 8 games last yr when LJ was running the ball at least on offense. Defensively we’re a really good team. Cassel made some plays at the end of the game to put us in a position to win with 2 field goals. But the play calling on 3 and short was horrendeous. Calling full back option LOL come one Weis. You been ramming it with Jones all game getting 2 and 3 yrds could have done it on those 3rd and short.

    Anyways we won but play calling has to improve. Cassel didn’t play well the first half but the run game was very stagnate like last yr when LJ was back there running. But Cassell made plays to put team in position in the second half to get enough pts to win. Weis come on get the ball to 25.

  • September 19, 2010  - Rick says:

    I’ll take the win, even an ugly one. But yes, Cassel and Weis need to get it together.

  • September 19, 2010  - cupp says:

    Here what I saw during this game:
    Barry Richardson is not as terrible as I previously believed
    We were so committed to stopping the run the secondary (Eric Berry) got burnt a few times.
    Luck for us Seneca Wallace likes to throw the ball deep and 2 yards out of bounds.
    Weis’s play calling has been less than stellar to put it nicely.
    I agree with Edward the FB option is not likely to become the next wildcat.
    Someone needs to teach Arenas the fair catch signal.
    Were finally learning to
    Most importantly the Chiefs are tied for best record in the NFL at 2-0.

  • September 19, 2010  - Rick says:

    The remark that we are running the ball like last year is just plain ignoring our rushing totals the first two weeks. Go back to the first two games last year and the first two this year and we are probably up 40 yards a game rushing. I will take marty ball all year if it produces same results.

  • September 19, 2010  - Edward says:

    I’m not talking about in terms of yardage totals but the running game doesn’t have the same explosion or big play ability when Charles is back there compared to win Jones is back there. I have no problem with us playing Marty ball just would like it to feature the best player on the team Jamaal Charles.

  • September 19, 2010  - Brad says:

    If we can get the win without using Charles 20-25 times a game, I’m all for it. It’s a long season and the less wear and tear on Charles now means he should have more pep in November and Decemeber.

  • September 19, 2010  - Michael says:

    Haley said they wouldn’t be pretty sometimes, but we’ll all take the wins.

    The offense seems to be having trouble getting into and staying in rythym. They do better with the Red Gun offense, when they’re moving things along quickly. Charles does need to get the ball much more. For that matter, so does McCluster-more than just the quick screens he’s getting. Moeaki and Bowe look good, but Cassel has to get the ball out quicker and be more decisive. It’s early and maybe he just hasn’t gotten into the flow yet, but Chambers has not looked strong. If he doesn’t pick up soon, they should get Horne more involved.

    Defensively, with the youngsters in the secondary you have to live with some breakdowns, but I like their agressiveness and willing run support. The front seven is doing a very good job; they all seem to know what they’re supposed to do and they get after it.

    So far this looks like a good, young and hungary team that will keep fighting and find ways to win. This was an on the road victory, which were far, far and few in between in recent years. The arrow is pointing up for our young team, and that’s pretty cool.

  • September 19, 2010  - Edward says:

    Michael we on the same page. Agree with all your points. Cassel made some throws in the second half to put us in a position to win the game. Its a slow process but hopefully by mid-season the offense will start clicking and Charles will start getting more carries.

  • September 19, 2010  - Rick says:

    jones doesn’t look anything like johnson running the ball…..i do wish charles would carry more but have to think their is a reason for what is happening…..if i had charles on my fantasy team i would be griping loud and clear. but i don’t so i am happy with them being 2-0…..i hear you though about charles…..i think he will start seeing more touches sooner than later

  • September 19, 2010  - Greg says:

    I thought our offensive line did a good job of pass protecting in the 1st half, but Cassel didn’t seem comfortable even when the pocket was holding up. And apparently there were no receivers getting open anywhere on the field. The 2nd half looked better… a little. It’s progress. I think Weis will get it together, hopefully this week!

  • September 20, 2010  - Brandon says:

    Now on to the 49ers. I want to see at least one TD scored by the offense.

    Also, I just realized that we’ve already got 1/2 of the wins from last year, which hopefully means we will do better than last year. I feel like we are better than last year, but it still feels a bit sloppy. But, like we’ve all said, a W is a W no matter how we got it. It would just be nice to not have to rely so heavily on defense and special teams.

  • September 20, 2010  - Edward says:

    Yea Len Dawson mention that in commentary Greg during first half of the game. Receivers weren’t getting any separation. That has to change if Cassel going to be productive.

  • September 20, 2010  - el cid says:

    Haley has said repeatedly the team not all there yet. So we may have to be satisfied with what we got on offense, least for this year. Starting to consider Cassel is not the guy. He does not seem able to get past second guy during his progressions, sometime only the first. Sometimes he looks about as uncomfortable as a rookie in his first game.

    Anyone else notice Berry, he seems out of position a lot, chasing. He has to learn the NFL but I did not realize just how far he was behind. Saftey is not normally a “thinking” positon but he will get better.

    Hope the offense improves a little every game. No matter what Haley says the Browns are NOT a good team. But a win is a win.

  • September 20, 2010  - Brandon says:

    @el cid, I noticed his reads were a bit on the slow side. When he was passing to Moeaki he didn’t seem to look anywhere else. Might as well tell the defense where to double up. To me the question is whether he is uncomfortable because of other players not doing their jobs or because he’s not as good as his paycheck says he is.

    I’m giving him the rest of the season to let us know which it is.

    Did you guys notice how Bowe held onto the ball? When he catches it, he really does hang onto it. Shame he didn’t do much catching last year.

  • September 20, 2010  - el cid says:

    Bowe, not a favorite, is doing his job. I support the view he may be the best WR on team but not really very good compared to other NFL grade WRs. Cassels affection with Moeaki is troublesome, doubt Moeaki is the next coming of Tony G. But that seem to be Cassels go to guy.

    Anyone notice if Magee played, no stats on him? The defense did not miss Jackson very much, did they? A credit to Crennel, getting the most out of what he has. So far cannot say the same for Weis.

  • September 20, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    I have to admit, for the 1st time I started to doubt Cassel! I know some of you have been saying it since he arrived, but I wanted to give him the chance and thought I could hang on till the end of the year, but I found myself @ half time, hoping that Brodie would come out second half! Now, which one of you guys has been calling for Brodie…..

  • September 20, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    Oh God Dan, dont say that!! I too have been supporting Cassel…He had a bad first half but got some things going in the 2nd. We need to give the offense more time with Weis, and it needs to be more than 2 games before we start this conversation. I will give Cassel this year to prove himself or not. Either way Brodie isnt the answer….SO if its not Cassel, than we need to get someone else to fill his shoes….BUT like i said, ITs only the second game, lets not get our panties in a pinch!!!!

    Oh, and we are still 2-0!!

  • September 20, 2010  - Niblick says:

    I agree Brodie is not the answer. He just can’t seem to avoid injury and is 0 and 9 as a starter. I thought Cassell improved the second half. True, we only got two field goals but we dominated the time of possesssion. We couldn’t do that last year.

    I don’t know about some of you but Soren Petro thought perhaps Charles is injured, not serious, but some nagging injury. I commented at a local watering hole during the game, the same thing. Nobody else seemed to think that, but I feel there is a minor injury bothering him. We’ll never hear from Haley or Charles.

  • September 20, 2010  - ben says:

    Where is the rest of the game information it is 100pm a full 24hours after the start of the game yesterday and I still only see the initial game report, are you taking victory Monday off?

  • September 20, 2010  - Brad says:

    Bob certainly deserves a day off, though doesn’t seem like the type to take one. I hope he is well.

  • September 20, 2010  - RW says:

    I’m laying off Cassel for the time being having said all I want on that issue because it looks as if he’s the guy come hell or high water so I might as well get comfortable with him being the starting QB.

    Onto a more positive note. The Chief’s defense has taken a major leap forward in 2010! Especially the run defense. Kudos to the RAC and the players for executing the way they’ve been doing.

  • September 20, 2010  - el cid says:

    Getting past Cassel, Berry is making a lot of errors on defense. HE bites on playaction to often and does have a lot of speed to keep up with TEs. I know he is learning but chases a lot of plays, any ideas.

  • September 20, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    I know gorilla, but I know I wasn’t the only one thinking it! He looked “better” second half, but… I know Brodie isn’t the answer because of health, but he was the only other QB on the sideline!!! Crap! He better show up against the niners! To me he looks worse than he did 2nd half of last season! I know, have to give it the year.

    RW, agreed, the defense is much improved!

  • September 20, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    el cid, berry is a young pup if you will! At this point he sucks on coverage (although he jumped a route and about had a pick!) but he’s kickin but on run plays. He’ll be fine, he’s smart, has Romeo and Emmit as coaches.

  • September 20, 2010  - el cid says:

    If you buy into the Chiefs are building for the future, then these games are like “stealing”. Almost like the NFL is giving the Chiefs free wins. That, of course, accepts some fictional “bright future” concept. Just heard that on 810 AM, so there.

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