Report Card – Chiefs vs. Bears

From Soldier Field, Chicago

RUSHING OFFENSE: D – The Chiefs still were not able to get their running game going to consistently help them, especially in the fourth quarter when they needed rushing yards, to stay on the field and run the clock. Instead, they had nine carries for just five yards in the final period, as they kept giving the ball back to the Bears. Dexter McCluster had a good day, while Jackie Battle continues to struggle.

PASSING OFFENSE: D – A successful Hail Mary does not a great passing day make. Yes, they hit that one play, but otherwise they didn’t have a completion of 20 yards or more. Early in the game, the Chicago pass rush was all over Tyler Palko, but that stabilized later in the first half. A passing grade, but it was not an impressive performance.

RUSHING DEFENSE: B – The No. 1 defensive goal coming into the game was to stop the Bears running game and particularly Matt Forte. They did just that, forcing Forte from the game after LB Derrick Johnson tackled him on the right knee. Forte left with MCL damage and is likely out for the next four weeks. They struggled to get anything consistent from their running game after that.

PASSING DEFENSE: B – If the Chiefs had been able to do what they did on Sunday against an established quarterback, they would have gotten an A-plus. But Caleb Hanie is just the type of inexperienced QB that a defense can take advantage of, and that’s what Romeo Crennel’s team did. They sacked him seven times, picked off three passes and allowed only one passing play of more than 17 yards. Receivers Johnny Knox-Devin Hester-Earl Bennett combined for just nine catches for 93 yards.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A – Possibly the best kicking game performance in the Haley Era. Facing the best returner in NFL history, the Chiefs were determined they weren’t going to let him find the end zone for an 18th time in his career. P Dustin Colquitt sacrificed distance for hang-time and frustrated Devin Hester who broke loose just once, for 44 yards.
In the end, the Chiefs won the field position battle and in a game with only one touchdown, that was a huge advantage.

COACHING: A – The special teams plan was excellent for the Chiefs and Romeo Crennel dialed up the defenses that really bedeviled Bears QB Caleb Hanie all day. But on top of all that were the motivational efforts of Todd Haley. His team had lost four games in a row, but Haley was in their ear talking about the good things they did in the last few weeks. It’s all about winning in the NFL and when you lose, the key is finding something positive. Haley got that done.

3 Responses to “Report Card – Chiefs vs. Bears”

  • December 5, 2011  - Chiefs End Losing Streak With 10-3 Victory Over Bears : says:

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  • December 5, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    The pass rush was outstanding. It seems to me Romeo has been calling more blitzes the past several weeks. It seems to be working. I think he’s been too vanilla. That may be due to Houston not being totally up to speed. But they seem more aggressive and that’s been a very good thing.

  • December 5, 2011  - Johnfromwichita says:

    For whatever reason the defense has been getting stronger every game. We’re getting closer to Marty Ball all the time. Yes.

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