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Chiefs vs. Cards Post Game Gab

The Chiefs fell short to the Arizona Cardinals Saturday 27-17, In a game they could have won. Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle started out 5 for 7 leading the Chiefs down the field on a seven minute drive. Stalling at the 24 yard line the Chiefs settled for a field goal, a theme that would continue through out the game. After that Croyle went 2 for 6 and looked a little wild but did lead the Chiefs to one more field goal.

The starting offensive line looked better than they did last week in both run and pass blocking allowing no sacks and paved the way for Larry Johnson to go for 14 carries and 61 yards. The starting defense looked crisper than they did against the Bears even though they gave up 6 more points they played against a much better offense. There was not as many missed tackles or broken tackles there was even some viscous hits laid on the Cardinals receivers.

Brandon Flowers and Turk McBride stood out among the starting unit the most. Flowers went step for step against Larry Fitzgerald all day giving up one big play of 22 yards to the all pro receiver, his other three cathes went for a combined 24 yards. McBride looked worthy of his second round status on Saturday with two sacks and a forced fumble.

Tyler Thigpen replaced Croyle with 3:15 left in the second quarter and had no chance off getting anything going early. The second string o-line completely fell apart on him. Of Thigpen?s first 11 pass attempts he was sacked three times and was pressured and had to scramble three times.

Eventually the line stabilized and Thigpen had a decent day going 16 for 27 174 yards and a touchdown but threw a costly interception after the two minute with the Chiefs down 20 to 9 on the Cardinals 14 yard line that was taken back to the house. That play put the Cardinals up 27 to 9 the Chiefs would go on to score a touchdown on a Thigpen pass the next drive but it was to little to late and the Chiefs got their first taste of defeat for the season.

The second string defense allowed Matt Leinart and Brian St.Pierre to go a combined 11 for 15, 105 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. The secondary was pretty much taken to school in the second half with two positions up for grabs in the defensive back field nobody played like they wanted those jobs. The backup linebackers and defensive line play was vastly improved holding the Card?s running backs to 56 yards on 17 carries and got to the quarterback for two sacks.

Who?s Hot

1. Kolby Smith: After sitting on the bench injured last week and watching Jamal Charles and Dontrell Savage light up the Bears. Kolby Smith came out and reminded everybody that he is the second best back on this team gaining 37 yards on only four carries and hauled in two catches for 10 yards.

2. Turk McBride: With two sacks and a forced fumble Turk proved he can play in this league and can be a factor a DE. I am sure Herm is relieved , now he won?t look arrogant for acting as if he did not need Jared Allen.

3. Dontrell Savage: The most elusive player on the Chiefs roster may prove to be the hardest to cut . Savage had a electric 45 yard kick return and looked good fielding punts. Bad news for Kevin Robinson who has yet to get due to his injuries and B.J. Sams who just does not look good fielding kicks. If Savage makes ths team it will have to be as a kick returner.

Who?s Not

1. Brandon Carr: Beaten on a couple different plays including a touchdown pass. Carr also missed a couple of tackles and will have to improve before week one when he will be covering Wes Welker.

2. Bobby Sippio: With three drops and only one catch for six yards Sippio may have just played his way off the team despite his cult status among fans. When you add to the fact Maurice Price had 3 catches for 34 yards things don?t look good for Sippio.

3. Barry Richardson.
Beaten severely on several plays and was easily the worst o-linemen on the field. He will still make the team because he was a draft pick and the lack of depth on the o-line but the Chiefs have a major project on their hands.

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One Response to “Chiefs vs. Cards Post Game Gab”

  1. Tom says:

    I sure hope Savage makes the team. He reminds me a lot of Hall. Sams has been pretty boring at returner. Herm is somewhere between Martyball and Vermiel. His choice of returner should clue us in a little more if he is willing to take some chances (and maybe sell a few more tickets).

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