Report Card – Chiefs vs. Patriots

From Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

RUSHING OFFENSE: C – Obviously, the scoreboard did not allow much for the running game in the second half, as the Chiefs fell behind by 21 points before the third quarter was half over. The RBs did OK with 120 yards on 24 carries. Thomas Jones had what passes for a good day for him with 48 yards on 8 carries, including a nice 26-yard run.

PASSING OFFENSE: F – There were a lot of things that Tyler Palko did well in this game. But three interceptions and three sacks makes it a failed test for his first NFL start. Palko did not get enough help from his receivers, who tipped two balls that became interceptions. Protection was spotty as he was hit nine other times.

RUSHING DEFENSE: D – Allowing 157 yards on 35 carries was not good, but they didn’t get gashed for a lot of big runs and the Patriots ran the ball a lot in the second half with that big lead, getting 105 yards on 23 carries.

PASSING DEFENSE: D – They were able to put some early pressure on QB Tom Brady, but after three sacks in the first half, they couldn’t get him on the ground after that. They didn’t cover TE Rob Gronkowski very well, allowing a pair of TD plays. But they kept WRs Wes Welker and Deion Branch under wraps, as they combined for just four catches for 41 yards.

SPECIAL TEAMS: F – There’s no passing grade when the kicking game gives up a touchdown. On his 72-yard TD punt return, New England’s Julian Edelman went untouched. That just can’t happen in coverage, especially with a punter that does a good job of hang time and field position punting like Dustin Colquitt.

COACHING: D – Todd Haley and staff tried all sorts of gambits to generate some fire and momentum against New England. They used offensive sets that haven’t been seen this year, including running the Wildcat. They tinkered with their defenses. They tried an onside kick. Give the staff credit for not standing pat, even though most of what they attempted failed to produce.

One Response to “Report Card – Chiefs vs. Patriots”

  • November 22, 2011  - ED J says:

    Tipped.balls came from inaccurate throws. He either threw too high or behind the reciever.

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