Report Card – Raiders vs. Chiefs

From Arrowhead Stadium

RUSHING OFFENSE: C – In another game where they needed their running game to help control the clock and the game’s momentum, the Chiefs got a few things done. They averaged 4.5 yards on 30 running plays. Thomas Jones broke one run for 22 yards, and he finished with 51 yards on 11 carries. Still, the Chiefs did not have a rushing TD and on the season they only have four.

PASSING OFFENSE: C – There were some nice moments in the passing game, as QB Kyle Orton threw for 300 yards and the Raiders defense was not able to sack him during the game – that’s two straight shutouts the Chiefs protection has thrown. But Orton threw a pair of interceptions, including one in the end zone that was just a killer, costing the Chiefs at least three points.

RUSHING DEFENSE: B – One of the keys for the Chiefs coming into the game was not allowing the Raiders running game to get into gear, especially Michael Bush who has always enjoyed running against the K.C. defense. He had 70 yards on 23 carries and no run went for more than 11 yards. It was a successful day of run defense by the Chiefs.

PASSING DEFENSE: D – The numbers were not huge but when it was needed, the Raiders got the passing game going under QB Carson Palmer. He threw two interceptions, but he also completed 61.5 percent of his passes with a 61-yard TD pass and another completion of 53 yards that set up the winning field goal. The Raiders kept the pass rush off Palmer.

SPECIAL TEAMS: F – The Chiefs needed to at least break even in the kicking game, but that did not happen. Oakland DT Richard Seymour blocked two 49-yard field goal attempts by Ryan Succop. They allowed a 91-yard kickoff return that set up the Raiders first score of the game.

COACHING: F – Last week the excitement of the head coach change seemed to have the entire roster ready to play and willing to contribute. None of that was as visible in Game No. 2 of the Romeo Crennel Era. The players all professed their love for Crennel last week and openly campaigned for him to keep the job. But what we saw against Oakland was a team that badly needs a shot of talent to the roster.

5 Responses to “Report Card – Raiders vs. Chiefs”

  • December 25, 2011  - Dream Turns Nightmare as Chiefs Fall In OT : says:

    [...] REPORT CARD: It’s not a good report for Chiefs. [...]

  • December 25, 2011  - Chuck says:

    If you look back at the tape on this game and it was the penaltys and dumb mistakes like the blocked field goal that got us beat. They kinda beat themselves in a way. This was truly a winnable game but just too many dumb mistakes.

  • December 25, 2011  - ED J says:

    Hoff needs to go along with Muir. Muir bad playcalling in the redzone then Hoffman not making adjustments after 1st blocked field goal. I still think Romeo can be good head coach he needs to shake up his staff though.

  • December 25, 2011  - ED J says:

    And Bob stop whinning about lack of talent. Yeah we need more players but you keep making it sound like we’re at bottom of the league in talent. This team as talent if not more talented than any team in this division. We didn’t get blowed out in Saturday’s game. Penalties has nothing to do with talent. This team needs upgrade at QB which I think offseaon with Orton will provide and better coaching. We need our Romeo Crennel on offense. We need a very talented OC do we need help among o-line yes but so do alot of teams.

  • December 25, 2011  - el cid says:

    Not to sure Bob is not correct. We have no DL, as in starters. We have an undersized OL who, apparently cannot run block. We have WRs, but one may or may not catch the ball. We have a good set of DBs. We do not have a quality TE or backups at RB.Very few are in love with any QB, except Stanzi because he has never stepped on the field. We may well be one of the least talented teams in the NFL, for sure the worst in the AFC West. Isn’t that our record, the worst in the West?

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