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Chiefs Offense Still Stuck in the Mud in 11-10 Loss

Jason Allen looks for running room 

While the Chiefs first team offensive looked a tiny bit better in their 11-10 loss on Thursday night, the team still has quite a way to go before they take the field in Houston on September 9th in their opener. The most impressive drive for the team actually ended with a missed field goal, but it did seem like starting QB Damon Huard looked good in that first Chiefs drive. He led the team back after a first down sack, then on 3-and-10 from the Miami 44 he threw a nice ball to tight end Tony Gonzalez for 17 yards and a first down at the Miami 26. Two Michael Bennett runs netted just three yards, and a pass in the flat to Kris Wilson on third down which actually went backward for a yard, setting up the failed 42-yard field goal attempt for Jason Medlock.

Huard on the night went 3-for-5 for 26 yards. He played the first two drives, and the team netted 47 yards when he was in there. Yes the team seemed to show more spark with Brodie Croyle as he led them on their only TD drive, a 21-yard pass to Chris Hannon that gave the Chiefs a 7-3 lead. That drive went 8 plays and 70 yards. Croyle seemed to win the QB battle on this night, but again, one TD from the offense in two games is not going to get it done. Larry Johnson and Carl Peterson – are you listening?

The rushing game had just 61 yards, 27 carries, going for just a weak 2.3 yards per carry. Cal rookie Marcus O’Keith had the most chances, rushing for 21 yards on 8 carries. Starter for now Michael Bennett ran for 8 yards on 7 carries, and seemed to get bottled up the moment he touched the ball. Pro Bowl left guard Brian Waters says it does not matter right now who is carrying the ball, the line has to do a better job. “I don’t care who you have back there. There’s only two guys I’ve ever seen do it with a bad offensive line — Barry Sanders and Jim Brown, and nobody in this league can compare to those two guys,” Waters said. “Good running backs in this league have good offensive lines. We’ve got to do a better job no matter who’s back there.”

So the Chiefs have a meaningless 0-2 mark in the preseason. Now it’s time to get back to work and get set for another Thursday night game this week vs the New Orleans Saints. The defense has played well, and with the task of likely having to go head to head with the likes of Drew Brees, Deuce McCallister and Reggie Bush for about a half, this should be their biggest test yet. As for the offense, it would be nice to see some movement from all the units, and a better effort than what we’ve seen the first two weeks against weak AFC teams in Cleveland and Miami.

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