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Dave’s Corner: Falcons vs. Chiefs
Warpaint Illustrated Columnist
Posted Sep 9, 2012
There was no question the Kansas City Chiefs were outplayed on Sunday in their 40-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons but can they really be this bad already to start the season? So what went wrong on Sunday?
Kansas City Chiefs
entered the 2012 season with high hopes. But after being spanked at home by the
on Sunday afternoon in Arrowhead, there were three things that stood out and prevented the Chiefs from matching their counterparts Sunday afternoon.
1. Where’s the Pass Rush?
- Minus the play of linebacker
, who was serving a one-game suspension, the Kansas City Chiefs mounted little (and I mean little) in the way of a pass rush on Sunday. The only man to register a sack was linebacker,
, but he spent most of the time in pass coverage.
But if there was a silver lining on Sunday against Atlanta, I thought
played well at the nose tackle. But beyond that, the defensive line disappeared. Both
did nothing to protect a thin and questionably talented secondary that was exposed over and over again.
2. Tale of Two Halves
- What a tale of two halves for this Chiefs football team. After
missed a 40-yard field goal attempt on the first drive out of the locker rom for the Chiefs, the tide turned completely.
After back-to-back turnovers by
and company, that helped a Falcons offense that scored at will with little defensive help - Atlanta put the game away with twenty unanswered points in the second half.
3. Receivers AWOL
- At least Wide Receiver,
, came to play on Sunday. But that was about it from the Chiefs receiving corps.
had a dropped pass and appeared at times to be running different routes on certain plays. That meant Cassel had to rely on
, who was targeted on just two passes, and Jonathan Baldwin, who was absent from the score sheet.
That meant some dink and dunk passes for the Chiefs offense. Don’t get me wrong at times it was effective. But this team is too talented at the receiver position not to take more shots down field. Or at best like they did with McCluster, get the rest of the receivers in open spaces to use their athletic ability.
Most everything on Sunday was in the flat. I thought the preseason was vanilla by design on offense where the passing game is concerned - maybe it was by design until Offensive Coordinator,
, can get everyone outside of McCluster up to speed in the passing game.
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