REPORT CARD: Chiefs vs. Bills

From Arrowhead Stadium

RUSHING OFFENSE: A+ – How can you not give the highest grade possible to a rushing attack that continues to roar with 274 yards and now three straight games of over 200 yards? The Chiefs are now averaging 190 rushing yards per game and are on pace to break a franchise record for rushing yards. Jamaal Charles was at his best in this game, as he ran for 177 on 22 carries, or eight yards per run. The only thing the Chiefs didn’t get done was score on the ground. Oh well …

PASSING OFFENSE: C – There was nothing going on here all day as the Chiefs kept the ball on the ground and calling just 31 passing plays – QB Matt Cassel threw 26 passes, he was sacked three times and he ran the ball twice. Overall, the wide receivers were not a factor in this game, although Jamaal Charles caught four passes for 61 yards, some of those when he lined up outside. The Chiefs went with that because they were without rookie WR Dexter McCluster due to injury. WR Dwayne Bowe had only three catches for 16 yards. Chris Chambers did not catch a pass. Three sacks was as many as they gave up in the previous three games combined.

RUSH DEFENSE: B – The Bills finished with 137 yards on the ground, but that was only because of the extra period. The Chiefs did not give up a run of more than 14 yards and Fred Jackson was the leading rusher for Buffalo with 64 yards on 20 carries, a 3.2-yard average. They got hurt by an end-around where WR Roscoe Parrish went for 13 yards and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ran for 14 yards.

PASS DEFENSE: C – The Chiefs really smacked Fitzpatrick around for three quarters and then in the fourth quarter they allowed him to catch fire and get the Bills back in the game. They had three sacks, half of those from OLB Tamba Hali who was a problem all day for the Buffalo protection. They also got an interception by SS Eric Berry when a pass slipped out of Fitzpatrick’s hand and flew high. They really did a good job of handling veteran WR Lee Evans, who after three quarters had only two catches for 17 yards.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C – The kicking game finally won it for the Chiefs with Ryan Succop’s 35-yard field goal. But his earlier miss hurt and again they got nothing going in the return game. Javier Arenas averaged just 23 yards on kickoff returns and nine yards on punt returns. Coverage units were good, but Dustin Colquitt’s net punting average was an ugly 29.7 yards, due to a 33-yard return and two touchbacks.

COACHING: D – This penchant of Todd Haley to bypass what should be fairly obvious field goals in attempts to move the chains on fourth down almost cost him this game. The situation near the end of the game when Cassel leaped over the middle and apparently got the first down, but Haley called timeout and decided to punt. There seemed some confusion there. Some of the offensive playing calling was confusing as well. The running game was working, rely on it, instead of throwing so many passes short on third downs.

6 Responses to “REPORT CARD: Chiefs vs. Bills”

  • November 1, 2010  - RW says:

    Haley’s coaching decisions has most everyone guessing as to what he’ll do and maybe that’s what he’s after in terms of messing with the opponents’ coaching staffs? Then again, one way of looking at this last gasp win in 5 full quarters needn’t have gone that far had Haley taken a FG early in the game.

    It speaks to the old axiom that success has a thousand fathers while failure is an orphan. And so it is.

  • November 1, 2010  - Niblick says:

    I agree with Bob’s grades. I’m completely baffled by his going on 4th down. He alluded after the game that he learned some things and that perhaps he made some mistakes. He wasn’t specific, but I hope it’s on his 4th down decisions. I also wondered in overtime if he or the captains made a mistake. It appeared he chose to go into the wind in overtime. The wind was changing, but I thought they was going into the wind. Also on 3rd and inches Weiss went to an empthy backfield and tried a pass. You only have two options a QB sneak or a pass. i didn’t like that call.

  • November 1, 2010  - el cid says:

    Got to comment on Arenas. Kid has the heart of a lion but any time he steps on the field, he is the smallest guy in uniform. Sort of limits him to nickle or dime back and returns. He make some solid hits and good coverage but eventually his lack of size is going to burn him. Carr may not be the answer at starting CB but doubt Arenas will be the next answer. On special teams, a huge dropoff from McCluster. Decent but that just does not do the job we need on a game to game basis.

  • November 1, 2010  - el cid says:

    Anyone, Chambers and T. Jackson, active and on the field, do anything between them? Saw Tucker at WR, not terrible but not impressed either, looked like Copper is our 3rd best WR right now.

  • November 1, 2010  - jim says:

    OK, el cid, let’s shoot Arenas, and lock Chambers and T. Jackson out of the locker room. There, problem solved.

    I’ve never seen anyone with a glass so half empty 90% of the time.

  • November 2, 2010  - bhive01 says:

    I think El Cid is like me and trying not to get too excited until things are really real. I thought we would likely get 8 wins and everything above that would be gravy. If we get to 8 wins in November we’re looking at the playoffs, and that’s when I start drinking koolaid full time.

    These players aren’t perfect but they’re getting things done. I don’t see anything wrong with what El Cid was pointing out. We know we’re weak at receiver and it’s a priority next year. As is the O-line. How long will Waters and Weigman remain effective? Perhaps it’s too much forward thinking and not enjoying the moment, but what I really don’t want to see is a relapse into the last 3 years because of poor personel decisions.

    Then again, I’m not sure Don Pioli would let that sort of thing happen.

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