A week ago, they overcame it. This week, they had no chance. The lack of offensive production by the Chiefs in two games is somewhat alarming for a team that was able to put up points a season ago.
The team for the second straight week got off to a very slow start. Last week against the Chargers and again Sunday in a loss to the Texans, the team failed to score a first half touchdown.
They fell behind a week ago in a big way to the Chargers, only to come storming back for an overtime win at home to get to 1-0, but Sunday in Houston the team had no such luck in a 19-12 loss.
“You never take credit away from what somebody does, but we self-destructed,” said receiver Jeremy Maclin, “I was just bad, man.”
Maclin was one of the issues in the setback, dropping two very passes that should have been caught from quarterback Alex Smith.
Smith himself was off a lot, as he was pressured all day by the likes of J.J. Watt, and ended the afternoon going 20-for-37 for 186 yards. The team only ran for 119 yards, a 6.3 yards per carry average, but overall with the issues in the passing game, they had just 291 yards of offense.
So just who is to blame for the Chiefs issues on offense Sunday? And better yet, can this team get it turned around when they host the New York Jets Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium?
The team has seemed not seemed aggressive enough early in games, and instead of going after their opponent early on, they’ve taken too long to get the game plan in motion.
Sunday’s game against the Jets is going to be yet another good measuring stick against a good AFC team. New York is 1-1 after a big road win against the Bills on Thursday night.
The Jets have done a nice job pressuring the quarterback, and it will be up to Andy Reid to come up with a game plan to make sure to keep the big New York defensive line off of Smith.
The Chiefs should get a boost with running back Jammal Charles back in the fold Sunday, and also are hopeful to have two starting offensive lineman back in Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Parker Ehinger.
Falling to 1-2 is not a good way to start a season that had playoff dreams and possibly an AFC West title in sight. Don’t wait to get tickets for the Chiefs this week, as they play the Jets at 12 Central at Arrowhead Sunday afternoon.