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Chiefs Vs. Texans Post Game Gab

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The Houston Texans accomplished exactly what they set out to do on Saturday, leave Arrowhead with a victory and with a little help from Mother Nature rain on the Chiefs parade. Houston quarterback Matt Schaub started out seven for seven and led the Texans on their only touchdown drive of the game with his second possession. The Chiefs starting unit did not start out as crisply as their counter parts, Matt Cassel played a majority of the first half , led six drives and finished the game two for five with one receiver drop for fifteen yards with no touchdowns and one fumble. Larry Johnson was out of the game early and carried a mere four times for twelve yards, however Johnson did look like he lost some weight this off season and looked a step quicker.

The Chiefs did finally get on the score board after falling behind thirteen to nothing, with a minute and twelve seconds left on the clock in the first half quarter back Brodie Croyle came in and provided a spark off the bench. The Chiefs were led down the field forty nine yards in nine plays by Brodie Croyle, which set up a Ryan Succop forty seven yard field goal as time expired in the rain. Croyle finished the game twelve for eighteen for one hundred and forty five yards and was easily the most impressive and crisp quarterback for the Chiefs. Running back Jackie Battle was the only other noteworthy offensive player in the first half for the Chiefs, Battle showed a little explosiveness as he ran twenty yards on four carries.

The second half began with Croyle leading the Chiefs down the field to the twenty four yard line only to have his drive stall out after he failed to convert a fouth and two. The Texans would add another Kris Brown field goal to push the lead to sixteen to three, after falling behind again by thirteen points Croyle was relieved by third team quarterback Tyler Thigpen. Forced to punt on his first drive, Thigpen took full advantage of his playing time leading the Chiefs on their only touchdown drive of the game. The Chief’s went on a ten play seventy six yard drive highlighted by Thigpen who pitched in twenty two yards rushing and capped the drive off with a one yard touch down pass to Brad Cottam.

Trailing sixteen to ten the Chiefs received the ball at their own twenty four yard line with a minute and thirty seconds left in the game. The Chiefs would fall short however, Tyler Thigpen was unable to advance the Chiefs past their own forty seven yard line and after a bobbled hand off to running back Dantrell Savage the Chiefs were pushed back to their own thirty five. Facing a fourth and twenty two Tyler Thigpen would make his most crucial mistake of the game firing a interception into the waiting arms of Texans CB David Pittman to seal the victory sixteen to ten. Offensive players of note in the second half were running back Dantrell Savage who is staking his claim to be on the final fifty three man roster by going thirty nine yards on nine carries and Dwayne Bowe who showed the Chiefs he is ready to work hard. Bowe had seventy yards on five catches including one diving catch which is exactly the kind of effort the coaching staff is expecting of him.

Grading The Keys to the Game

Find out who fits’ in the 3-4 and who don’t: The Chiefs first display of the 3-4 defense looked impressive with the lone exception of the second drive of the game, on the second drive the Texans went ninety four yards on twelve plays. The rest of the game the Chiefs allowed a mere nine points, Glenn Dorsey looked impressive at the point of attack, Brandon Flowers looked like a shutdown corner and Derrick Johnson looked like his move to middle linebacker will allow him to make plays from sideline to sideline. Tamba Hali made a couple of plays against the run and in passing situations Hali was utilized mostly as a pass rusher. The Chiefs produced two sacks after getting only ten sacks last season and looked much more disciplined than last year’s squad.

Grade: B+

Let the starters play: Todd Haley did just that letting a majority of his starting offensive and defensive units play a majority of the first half with the lone exception of Larry Johnson. The offense looked rusty most of the first half and showed the passing game is still a work in progress as the Chiefs chose to start the game with receivers Terrance Copper and Rodney Wright. Excluding the second Texans drive the starting defense looked crisp and at times suffocating against the run.

Grade: B-

Go back to training camp injury free: Minus starting strong safety Bernard Pollard carrying a noticeable limp at the end of the first half the Chiefs left their first game mostly injury free. Leaving Arrowhead injury free was not as easy as it sounds as the game seen a series of periodic heavy showers that lessened the conditions of the playing fields. Overall the trainers and coaching staff did a good job of making sure no one got hurt so the Chiefs can head back to River falls and build on this game.

Grade: A+


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One Response to “Chiefs Vs. Texans Post Game Gab”

  1. gordymule says:

    if they can limit the penalties and secure the ball will go a long way towards a lot of wins. i thing todd will get the team to be respectible enough to have a 9-7 season. big strides will be made. play offs next year. that will make this 69 year old chief’a fan real happy.go chiefs

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