REPORT CARD: Chiefs vs. Cardinals

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RUSHING OFFENSE: B – A more than solid performance by the two-headed monster of Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones that produced 159 yards on 27 carries, including a 39-yard run by Charles and a 28-yard run by Jones. Jones also had a pair of touchdown runs. This combo came back from a bad performance last week.

PASSING OFFENSE: B – Matt Cassel’s numbers are efficient and effective, if not record breaking. He did not throw an interception and was not sacked. WR Dwayne Bowe had a big day with a pair of TD catches and 109 yards on six catches. Otherwise, there was nobody else involved in the passing game except Charles, with four catches for 38 yards, including a 25-yard gain.

RUSH DEFENSE: C – There were too many missed tackles in this game for the Chiefs defense as they had trouble getting Tim Hightower and Beanie Wells on the ground with the first hit. Arizona averaged five yards a carry and only went away from the run game because the score was so out of hand they had to throw the ball in an attempt to get back in the game.

PASS DEFENSE: B – Any time a defense can hold a couple of receivers like Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston under 100 yards in receiving it’s doing a good job. Fitzgerald had the only score, on the last play TD. The Chiefs got QB Derek Anderson on the ground twice, but they had pretty good pressure on him all day and press box stats had them with seven quarterback hits.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B – The Chiefs got a gift when Arizona kick returner LaRod Stephens-Howling was inactive because of a hamstring injury. That took out of the equation a guy who has two kick return TDs this year already. Windy conditions affected all aspects of the kicking game, as kickoffs were sailing into the end zone and punts were blowing about. Dustin Colquitt had a good day considering the conditions with a 52.8-yard average, including a 64-yard punt.

COACHING: A – Defensively, the Chiefs obviously had a good plan that kept Fitzgerald and Breaston from going off in the passing game. Offensively, they were efficient in both running and passing the ball. Todd Haley was two-for-two on replay reviews and his handling of the last seconds of the first half, with the ball nudging up against the goal line was masterful.

7 Responses to “REPORT CARD: Chiefs vs. Cardinals”

  • November 22, 2010  - Chiefs Hammer Cardinals 31-13 | Chiefs Football at says:

    [...] REPORT CARD – No detention for Chiefs with these grades. [...]

  • November 22, 2010  - Chuck says:

    GREAT GAME AND GREAT VICTORY. Has anybody heard anything about Flowers and Albert???? They both were injured in the game.

  • November 22, 2010  - el cid says:

    Run defense was not great but part of the bend don’t break style. Spec. teams did not earn a B, strictly a C, as in average. Coaching, Weis gets an A+, his best work to date.

    Injuries, like Chuck said, Bob sneak into the training room, bribe somebody, how bad is McCluster? and the rest?

  • November 22, 2010  - RW says:

    Major kudos for a minor (?) decision by Haley and the staff at the end of the first half, on their 1 foot line, when they took a penalty to get the clock down to :02, then had Cassel loft an out of bounds pass to kill off the clock to end the first half rather than risk a punt or QB sneak. What would Herm and Dick Curl have done by comparison?

    Anyway, smart move and indication that this coaching staff knows what it’s doing in terms of clock management.

  • November 22, 2010  - Don says:

    “Otherwise, there was nobody else involved in the passing game except Charles.” Also Tucker, Copper, and O’Connell.

  • November 22, 2010  - david says:

    I am a diehard chiefs fan since 1971; I am a daily visitor to this site & enjoy it,and though I never usually comment, i have a couple of observations from yesterday. I think that the primary goal at the beginning of the year was just to show definite, marked improvement from last year; that has definitely been accomplished. Second, I think though it was a good win yesterday, it’s clear the defense isn’t where it needs to be; if Andersen wasn’t so inaccurate yesterday the score could have been much different. Cardinal recievers were open all day. But overall I am thrilled with this coaching staff & where they are taking this team.

  • November 22, 2010  - Edward says:

    Agreed David. I felt like Pass defense held more because of miss throws by Anderson than good defensive scheme. Receivers were open majority of the time yesterday and too many times Anderson had all day to throw. If this happen against Matt Hasselback we’re going to get torched on defense. WE have to get more pressure on the QB and get better coverage on receivers. I would give pass defense C.

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