Report Card – Packers vs. Chiefs

From Arrowhead Stadium

RUSHING OFFENSE: B – In a game where they badly needed their running game to help keep the offense on the field, the Chiefs were able to put up 139 rushing yards on 39 carries. That includes four runs for minus-5 yards by Orton, so it was really 35 runs for 144 yards. Most importantly, when they needed to run clock with just two minutes to play, they got the job done.

PASSING OFFENSE: B – With Kyle Orton in his first Chiefs start, he handled the passing game with confidence, hitting on more than 70 percent of his passes, for more than 9 yards per attempt. Orton hit 10 different receivers. The biggest keys were the zeros next to interceptions and sacks. That was huge in the offense’s ability to dominate time of possession.

RUSHING DEFENSE: C – Green Bay ran only 18 times in the game, with three of those from QB Aaron Rodgers. Without James Starks, the Packers run-game was in the hands of Ryan Grant with 66 yards on 12 carries. Rodgers did get away for a 19-yard run and a 8-yard TD r un.

PASSING DEFENSE: A – This may have been the best job of pass defense in the league this season.
Rodgers had a passer rating of 80.1, his lowest game performance of the 2011 season. He completed just 48.6 percent of his 35 passes; it’s the only time he’s been under 56 percent this year. WR Jordy Nelson was stifled, catching two passes for 29 yards. TE Jermichael Finley did not catch a pass in the first half. Four sacks, including three from Tamba Hali had Rogers unsettled most of the game.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B – Ryan Succop was 4 for 4 on his FGs, while P Dustin Colquitt averaged 49.5 yards on his two punts that had no returns. Green Bay’s Randall Cobb came into the game with a punt and kickoff return or TDs, but he managed only 68 yards on three kick returns.

COACHING: A – In one of the most difficult situations a coaching staff could face in season, Romeo Crennel and the rest of the staff not only got the Chiefs prepared to play with their game plans, but prepared them to play mentally and emotionally. Crennel’s plan on defense and Muir on offense worked well all day.

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

  • December 19, 2011  - Milkman says:

    After watching the Chiefs offence look like a competent one for the first time in a long time, it makes you wonder just what kind of restrictions Muir and Zorn had on them with Haley. This was just one win, a big win, but just one. It was like all the coaches and players were doing their jobs without looking over their shoulders waiting for an a– chewing they knew was coming. Congradulations Romeo- keep ‘em coming so we can see you on the sidelines next year.

  • December 19, 2011  - aPauled says:

    Wow the Passing Offense got a B-. 300 yards / 70% complete / 9 YPA. People would be fainting in the streets if Matt Cassel put up those numbers.

    I would go A-. The only negative being the red zone. How come we never send Baldwin to the corner and throw it up for him? Seems to be unstoppable for other teams with a big, agile receiver. Even play action out of that elephant formation should work. What we can’t do is the elephant and put Battle back 7 yards then give him the ball…just to slow to develop.

  • December 19, 2011  - Flyboy26 says:

    Hey Bob, I pretty much agree with your grades in the “Report Card”, though your column “You Can’t Dream This Stuff Up”, belittles the performance of the Chiefs yesterday. However, I would reduce the coaching grade to A- because of some of the hiccups by the Special Team, some of the plays called, ie, going for it on 4th and goal with a bad play called instead of taking an easy field goal, not using the height and jumping ability of Bowe, Baldwin, and Pope, in the red zone, and not using the QB’s passing ability once on our end of the field and going three and out.

    I agree with aPauled’s comment above and would give the Passing Offense an A-.

    I noticed that some of your articles are misdated. Why?

  • December 19, 2011  - Fred Kelley says:

    Bob-the grade for special teams is way too high. Granted Succop and Colquitt both had solid games. But our return team continues to put the offense in god-awful starting field position week after week. If it isn’t the sub par return game then it’s the holding or blocking from behind that has become routine. It seems to be epidemic.

  • December 19, 2011  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    Flyboy26, re: dates
    From what I understand, it’s a placeholder/programming thing. It helps with the linking of stories.

    Go CHIEFS!

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