Report Card: Chiefs vs. Lions

From Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan

RUSHING OFFENSE: C – The Chiefs came right out and ran the ball and ran it with success on their first possession. They ended up running it 29 times, averaging 5.2 yards per carry. But only Dexter McCluster had more than 50 yards, at just 51 on eight carries. Losing Jamaal Charles is going to make things tough for this part of the team going forward, but the running game is not why the Chiefs are 0-2 right now.

PASSING OFFENSE: F – Matt Cassel’s three interceptions all led to scores for the Lions. He averaged just 6.1 yards per attempt. That’s better than last week, but not nearly good enough. His protection was shaky at times; he was sacked twice in 24 passing plays. Kudos to WR Dwayne Bowe, who played hard the entire game and ended up catching five passes for 101 yards. But Cassel did not have a touchdown pass – never came close.

RUSHING DEFENSE: C – The Lions averaged 3 yards a carry on 30 carries. The Chiefs never let Jahvid Best out of the box on his 16 carries. Overall, it was a pretty good effort that went for naught.

PASSING DEFENSE: F – For the second week in a row, the pass defense gets a failing grade. They gave up four TD passes and nabbed but one interception. Of course, that turned into disaster when SS Jon McGraw handed it right back on a fumble. No sacks and very little pressure on QB Matt Stafford. This is not acceptable.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D – Ryan Succop missed a 44-yard FG and that should not happen. It’s the second time he’s missed between the 40 and 49; he needs to be about 90 percent in there, not 0 percent. P Dustin Colquitt had a mediocre game and the returns again provided very little. The coverage units didn’t have much action.

COACHING: F – The offense came out with a good plan, trying to take advantage of the Lions aggressive defensive style. But it didn’t take long for that approach to get shelved because they fell behind. Nothing that Rome Crennel worked on defense. Losing two games 89-10, that’s never going to get a head coach or coaching staff passing grades.

3 Responses to “Report Card: Chiefs vs. Lions”

  • September 18, 2011  - An Ugly Replay In Detroit For Chiefs : says:

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  • September 19, 2011  - ED J says:

    Lewis doesn’t look like the answer at free safety he looked lost out there. Cassel well I’m done on him I’m not going state the obvious. Next season we need to go after depth at safety. Defense hard to judge because offense couldn’t sustain drives or move the ball through the air. You’re right Bob we looked good early on in the game but couldn’t capitilize on good field position or when offense got in Lions territory we didn’t get touchdowns

  • September 19, 2011  - Jerry Hubbard says:

    HI Bob,
    It was reported in the Denver Post on Sunday before the game that there was a rif between Piloi (sp) and Haley. I have heard nothing of that, is it true and is that an issue with the players. The Chiefs have lost 8 games in a row since last December, the offense has been in a funk. Is the loss of Weis (sp) the reason for this down fall?

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