Report Card: Chiefs vs. Raiders

From Arrowhead Stadium

RUSHING OFFENSE: D – There was no consistency at any point for the running game that averaged four yards a carry. But take out the 47-yard run by Jamaal Charles and that’s 28 carries for just 68 yards or 2.4 yards per carry. Thomas Jones never got untracked against the much quicker Raiders defense, getting 17 yards on 10 carries. His longest run was four yards. Charles finished with 87 yards.

PASSING OFFENSE: F – The lack of pass protection compromised the entire Chiefs offense as QB Matt Cassel had one of the worst games of his NFL career. Cassel finished with an ugly 19.1 passer rating. But he had no help, as he was sacked five times and the Raiders defense got seven sacks in all. Cassel threw a pair of INTs, including a pick-six. No completion went for more than 19 yards.

RUSH DEFENSE: F – The worst performance of the season against the run, giving up 209 yards and 5.6 yards per carry. Even though the Raiders did not have Darren McFadden, it did not slow them down one bit, as Michael Bush hit for 137 yards on 25 carries. He had runs of 15, 16, 22 and 26 yards. Even QB Jason Campbell got out of the pocket and picked up 21 yards.

PASS DEFENSE: D – One of the few good things the Chiefs did on Sunday was apply pass rush pressure on Oakland QBs, picking up four sacks along the way. But they gave up a couple of big pass plays that did not allow them to get off the field. Rookie WR Jacoby Ford continued to torment them, with a 35-yard catch and run that highlighted his speed and how devastating it is in the open field.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C – The best grade of the day goes to the kicking game and they did not fantastic. There was still nothing coming out of the return game with Javier Arenas or Dexter McCluster. The Raiders were intent on not allowing McCluster to beat them, squib kicking several times on the afternoon. Punter Dustin Colquitt did not have a particularly good day, averaging just 37.7 yards a punt. But the coverage teams did a good job keeping Ford under control, allowing him just a pair of 18-yard kickoff returns.

COACHING: F – It’s hard to hand out any type of kudos or good grades to Todd Haley and his staff after such a poor performance. We heard all week that the Chiefs were preparing to win, but that didn’t show on the field against the Raiders. They were not able to answer or solve the problems they faced. Not all of that was the fault of coaching, since Oakland was simply beating the snot out of the Chiefs on the line of scrimmage. How much the rumors and now truth of Charlie Weis’ impending departure factored into what happened is tough to judge. But it didn’t help.

2 Responses to “Report Card: Chiefs vs. Raiders”

  • January 3, 2011  - Raiders Crush Chiefs 31-10; Ravens Up Next | Chiefs Football at says:

    [...] REPORT CARD: Failing grades all around for Chiefs. [...]

  • January 3, 2011  - Flyboy26 says:

    Happy New Year, Bob! Totally agree with your comments and grades. Sorry ending to a pretty nice regular season. Let’s hope its the last time we Chiefs’ fans witness such a poor display all around.

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