Report Card: Vikings vs. Chiefs

From Arrowhead Stadium

RUSHING OFFENSE: D – The Chiefs are still having trouble getting their running game out of the blocks without Jamaal Charles. They ran 28 times, but averaged just 3.7 yards per carry. Jones, McCluster, Battle and Cassel all had runs of 10 yards or more. That’s four runs for 45 yards; it means the other 24 runs went for just 58 yards. They still do not have a rushing touchdown this season.

PASSING OFFENSE: B – For the first time this year, the Chiefs passing game seemed to be working off the same page of the playbook. QB Matt Cassel threw for 260 yards, in completing 62.1 percent of his passes and averaging 8.9 yards per attempt and 14.4 yards per completion. Protection was OK, as Cassel went down three times but otherwise had a good pocket to work with. Dwayne Bowe continues to play well and Steve Breaston is starting to show himself.

RUSHING DEFENSE: C – Had the Chiefs defense ever found a way to deal with the end-around runs by WR Percy Harvin they might have received a grade as high as A or B. They were able to contain Adrian Peterson nicely, giving him just 3.5 yards per carry on 23 runs. But Harvin had four runs for 67 yards, averaging 16.8 yards per run.

PASSING DEFENSE: B – Donovan McNabb may have had a pair of TD passes, but other than that he had trouble getting anything done in the passing game. The only receiver the Chiefs didn’t have an answer for was TE Visanthe Shiancoe, who caught six passes for 58 yards, most of those on inexperienced SS Donald Washington.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A – Top-notch performance across the board for the kicking game, led by K Ryan Succop and his 5-for-5 day on FGs. Dustin Colquitt averaged 48.7 yards a punt and coverage was excellent on both punts and kickoffs. Javier Arenas broke a nice 33-yard punt return early in the game as the whole return game is starting to show some life.

COACHING: B – Todd Haley and his staff deserve a lot of credit for their game plan and the willingness to adjust when circumstances called for change. The Chiefs only TD came on a play that wasn’t in the game plan, but was inserted in the second half when the offensive staff noticed how the Vikings were covering WR Dwayne Bowe in certain situations. Cassel and Bowe made the play work for a 52-yard score, but the coaching staff figured out a way to make something work.

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

  • October 2, 2011  - ED J says:

    Tjax continues to make an impact hopefully it can continue because if he can make the leap like Dorsey did in his 3rd yr and stay healthy this defense can help us win some games. Carr got a pick today we need to continue to create turnovers.

  • October 2, 2011  - Blake says:

    I would give the run d atleast a B no doubt. Yes they gave up big runs to Harvin, but if you have a guy like Peterson across from you he is your main focus and since they only allowed him 80 yards that is a great job. Harvin isnt a running back.

  • October 3, 2011  - el cid says:

    Hopefully Battle will replace Jones as the featured back. A younger quicker stepping RB will carry the load with Jones as the relief guy.

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