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Chiefs vs. Falcons Post Game Gab

Dominated, ran over, demolished, humiliated, destroyed these are all adjectives one could use to describe the Chiefs performance in their 38-14 loss to the Falcons. For the second straight week the Chiefs could not figure out how to stop the run giving up a total of 186 yards on the ground. Running backs Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood also hit the Chiefs for big gains of 38 and 44 yards respectively.

The Chiefs kept their 12 game losing streak alive and to make matters worse the Chiefs have not led at any point in a game since the Titans game in week 15.

The Falcons got the scoring kicked off early with a four yard touchdown dive by Michael Turner with 6:44 remaining in the first quarter, The Falcons would add one more touchdown before the end of the first quarter with a 70 yard touchdown pass to receiver Roddy White giving The Dirty Birds a 14-0 advantage. Once the Chiefs fell into a early deficit the Falcons took advantage of the obvious passing situations picking off Tyler Thigpen 3 times and parlaying those turnovers into 17 points. Despite his struggles Thigpen would find Dwayne Bowe for a 15 yard touchdown pass cutting the Falcons lead to 24-7 at half.

The second half began positively for the Chiefs as they took the opening kickoff and drove down the field sparked by a 48 yard Larry Johnson gallop and followed it up with a one yard dive into pay dirt bringing the Chiefs within 10 points. That is the closest the Chiefs would come, Atlanta followed L.J.?s TD with a score of their own with Michael Turner finding pay dirt from 2 yards out giving the Falcons a 17 point lead they would not relinquish. The Chiefs would continue to find scoring opportunities that they would not be able to capitalize on. A missed field goal by Nick Novak and a goal line stand by Atlanta stopping L.J. from 2 yards out and pretty much closing the door on this one.

The Falcons would cap the scoring with a pick six by corner back Chris Houston with 1:07 left in the game. Atlanta will leave this game with a 2-1 record as the Chiefs fall to 0-3 for the first time since 2004. The road does not get any easier for the Chiefs as the Broncos bring their high powered offense into Arrowhead. The Chiefs are in serious need of rescuing but will Brodie Croyle who is returning soon from a shoulder injury be enough?

Grading the keys to the game

1. Get Larry Johnson on track: While Johnson did struggle in the first half, he looked to regain his old form in the second half of the game. Johnson gave his best effort to get the Chiefs on track in the second half with a 48 yard run and a touchdown later in the drive. Johnson finished the game with 121 yards on 24 carries. Johnson may no longer be frustrated production wise but he still was not able to get the Chiefs in the win column but with a effective Larry Johnson the Chiefs will be a much better team.

Grade: A

2. Don?t let Michael Turner look like Darren McFadden: I guess it is safe to say the Chiefs did not let Michael Turner look like McFadden Sunday, they let Turner and Jerious Norwood look like elite running backs. The Chiefs did not give up 300 yards rushing again but they did get gashed all up and down the field. This time it was not as much faulty tackling as it was Atlanta?s RB duo just simply running away from Chiefs defenders. The Chiefs have to find a way to stop the bleeding of the rush defense and force teams into passing situations or they are in for a long season.


3.Tyler Thigpen: As I predicted Thigpen had more of a impact on the score of the game than any other one player. But it was a very negative impact. Thigpen threw three interceptions that resulted in 17 Atlanta points and could not really find a groove in this game. Thigpen proved he is not ready for the NFL maybe if he sat back and observed from the bench for a couple of seasons the game may slow down for him but right now he is just outmatched and give the Chiefs no shot to win the game.


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