REPORT CARD: Chiefs vs. Titans

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RUSHING OFFENSE: B – With 152 yards, the Chiefs finished below their season average against the Titans. They got 94 of those yards in the first half when they were opening up the big lead on the Titans. In the second half, they managed just 58 yards even though they were trying to kill the clock with the running game. Thomas Jones got a lot of work, but his 23 carries produced just 51 yards.

PASSING OFFENSE: A – QB Matt Cassel came out on fire and he pushed the offense down the field for touchdowns in three of their first four possessions. Cassel hit 12 of his first 13 throws and 15 of his first 17 with three touchdowns. WR Dwayne Bowe got involved early and that made all the difference in the world as he ended up catching six passes for 153 yards, with 75 coming on a TD play. Eight different Chiefs caught passes in this game. Protection was pretty good, as Cassel went down just once.

RUSH DEFENSE: A – Chris Johnson is one of the NFL’s best running backs and the Chiefs were determined to make his day as difficult as possible. They succeeded in doing that. With no other RB even getting the ball, Johnson got just 58 yards on 14 carries. He got loose twice for 17-yard gains, but that was the only dents in the Chiefs run defense.

PASS DEFENSE: B – If the Chiefs can figure out how to stop giving up huge scoring plays, the defense will soon be ranked among the top 10 units in the league. They allowed WR Kenny Britt to get free for a 53-yard touchdown and for some reason they could not cover TE Jared Cook, who burned them for five catches, 96 yards and a touchdown. Cook came into the game with only 17 catches in the first 14 games. The pass rush got to Collins three times for sacks and they were credited with three other QB hits.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B –There’s still not enough coming out of the return game, although Javier Arenas did break a punt return for 29 yards. But where this unit stood out was on handling Tennessee returner Marc Mariani. He’s the only guy in the NFL who has taken both a punt and a kickoff return for touchdowns this season. Against the Chiefs, he had three punt returns for one yard and five kickoff returns for 98 yards. He got loose just once, and that was for 38 yards.

COACHING: B – Overall, the Chiefs had solid game plans in all three phases of the game, especially with the defense and Romeo Crennel. The offense’s first few possession were a great blend of play calls by coordinator Charlie Weis. There were not many major decisions for Todd Haley to make during the game.

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  • December 27, 2010  - aPauled says:

    Thomas Jones contributed another 2 yard per carry day. I’m not sure why Jones gets 20+ carries with an effort like that. After the first 10 carries it was time to get Battle some time. Now that the aided and abetted fumble streak is over, it needs to be contribute or sit down for Mr. Jones.

    I don’t get the Pass Defense. They just look lost on those long plays. Berry is very unpredictable against the pass…not sure if that is the whole problem.

  • December 27, 2010  - Michael says:

    I would like to see them get T.Jones more involved in the pass game; get him in space a little more, and give him a chance to get up some steam. There’s no doubt Jones has slowed some towards the end of the season here, and it would be a good idea to get him some rest in the next game against Oakland. A few totes and unless he’s on fire, give the rest of his carries to Battle, who is also a banger with some wiggle. I’m not sure how important it is to Jones to reach the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the season; he’s such a team guy. It would be nice to see him get it, though.

    Jones has contributed over 1,000 very tough yards on the ground and in the air for KC this year, but his contribution to the team goes way, way beyond that. He’s an excellent blocker and good receiver, but even more so he brings the offense toughness, leadership and professionalism. He’s a key ingredient to the team’s success, I believe. He and Vrabel are pretty much player-coaches. So yes, I’m all for resting Jones next week against the Faiders, but he needs to be in there the following week for the playoffs. Next year, the Chiefs probably should reduce his touches, and right now Battle is the best candidate to take them. But, I can see Jones sticking around in a Marcus Allen type role with the Chiefs for another 2 to 3 years.

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