Has The Chiefs Offense Gotten Better Or Worse?

The Kansas City Chiefs had a showdown against the Redskins on Monday

Night Football. The Chiefs were down by 10 after a disastrous first quarter. In the second quarter the Kansas City Chiefs threw a touchdown pass to Travis Kelce and brought the game to 7-10 at the half. In the third and fourth quarter there was an exchange of multiple field goals and the Redskins also punched in a TD. In the end The Chiefs kicked a field goal to secure the win.

 
The Chiefs had troubles in the first quarter of play.

 
The first two drives were not good at all for the Chiefs. Luckily my TV saved me from suffering and blacked out the whole first quarter.

 
In the first two drives the Chiefs passed for 43 yards and completed 3 out of 7 passes. The rushing game wasn’t any better with 5 yards rushing on 3 attempts.

 
Both drives resulted in punts.

After the game I thought to myself, “Is our offense going downhill?” I was also thinking that this would make a great article so, I decided to make a comparison of the Redskins/Chiefs game, to our previous games.

 
Kansas City at New England

The Chiefs started out fairly strong by completing 7 out of 8 passes for 66 yards and a TD. The rushing was also strong with 24 yards on 4 attempts and a fumble (we forgive Kareem because of his performance later in the game).

 
Conclusion: The Chiefs came out ready to play and displayed that by driving down the field looking like they couldn’t be stopped. And because of their dominance they picked up an early 7 points.

 
Philadelphia at Kansas City

Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill collectively ran for 13 yards on 4 rushes in the first two drives. While our run game wasn’t the greatest our pass game came out strong, Alex Smith completed 6 out of 10 passes for a whopping 96 yards.

 
Conclusion: The Chiefs struggled to get the run game established early but made it up by having a strong passing game. Since they couldn’t get a strong run offense going they walked away with 3 points instead of 7.

 
Kansas City at Los Angeles
The Chiefs were granted with great field position on their first two drives because of interceptions. They took up these opportunities by scoring on both drives. RB Kareem Hunt showed up against the Chargers and ran for 22 yards on 3 rushes, Alex Smith also ran for 4 yards. Smith also came to play because he threw 4 for 4 and also picked up 2 passing TD’s.

 
Conclusion: The Chiefs dominated early but to be fair, 2 of our 3 TD’s came early from those 2 interceptions. We didn’t score again till late in the game when Kareem Hunt ran a 69 yard TD rush. In my opinion we didn’t dominate like we should have the rest of the game.

 
After looking through the past games it seems to be that the Chiefs have been a hit or miss team in the beginning of the game. In my opinion our best first two drives were against New England.

 
The Chiefs did fumble on their first play but on our second drive we owned the Patriots — the Super Bowl champs — in the run and pass game. We also did this in an away game in Boston.

 
The Chiefs need to touch on how they play at the start of a game. If we keep on playing the start of games like we did against Washington it will come to bite us in the butt and maybe even cost a playoff game or maybe even a Super Bowl (knock on wood).

“Anatomy of a Touchdown” will air on Saturday.

 

 

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  • Laurels and limitations

    I worry about the progressively slowing starts but I believe that teams having more and more tape on each other as the season moves along has a lot to do with it. Hopefully Reid can dial up more efficient scripted plays to begin the remaining games so I can keep at least one hair on my head.

    What does give me a lot of hope is that KC gets better as the game rolls along- if KC can maintain that pattern AND start scoring more early on KC is going to be in great shape.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      I don’t think it’s a secret at this point that our OL can get pushed around……and another non secret is if you get to Smith early he goes into “protect the ball” mode and stops looking down field.
      It might help if ReidNagy play a quick release dink and dunk game in the first quarter to get the defense on their heels and then think about opening things up.

      • Laurels and limitations

        I actually like it when Reid comes out and tests the defense with a long ball in the first series. It keeps the defenses honest.

  • Chiefly Bacon

    I think a lot of it has to do with the teams Chiefs have been playing. They started strong against the Patriots, but that was largely due to Patriots having an absolutely awful defense. Since then, they’ve played some pretty good defenses and put up solid numbers. It often takes a while to wear the opposing defense down.

    • mnelson52

      That is almost exactly what I feel about it. Guess there’s no need to type it..lol. NE would actually be 2-3 if Tampa’s FG kicker hadn’t missed 3 FGs Thursday night.

  • ladner morse

    One of Reid’s weapons is “measuring.” A lot of athletes do it. They use the first few minutes of a competition to measure their opponent. I remember the 1974 (I think) Oakland Athletics in the World Series and pitcher Catfish Hunter was trying to hold someone like Davey Lopes on first base. Hunter made his first couple of lazy throws over to first… followed by a very fast move and that’s when Lopes thought he had Hunter measured… but it was Hunter who had measured Lopes because… Hunter let Lopes get his large lead off of first then with a lightening fast move picked him off.

    It has felt to me like Reid uses the first parts … even up to the half… to measure the opponent… then the team comes out after the half and takes over. I have thought this was due to superior physical training… but I don’t think that 100% accounts for much of what is happening with the Chiefs now.

    • drwillez37

      If things keep going this way Reid is a lock for Coach of the Year!!!

      • drwillez37

        He’s an incredible genius and the front office allowed this team to grow into the machine it is now

    • Laurels and limitations

      I often compare NFL game adjustments to the sweet science. Teams can rarely just run in and come out throwing hay-makers without getting themselves into trouble. Patience must be exercised, gentle jabs used to measure the opponents strengths and weaknesses. Then heavier punches can installed etc. etc.

      • mnelson52

        I agree. You’re still measuring till like the 4th quarter. Then you either have it or you don’t in most cases. However, at times you still run across that occasional opponent that is able to keep jabbing and throwing an occasional hay-maker also. I am however concerned about facing the Texans defense with 3 backups on the interior o-line. Sometimes the slightest difference can make some major changes. If we get in many 3rd and long situations, I’m afraid they will have their way with us. Reid is a very good coach, but it’s not in me to say he’s a genius. There are usually around 2 losses per year that you can put squarely on Reid’s shoulders. Like forgetting he has a RB on the bench, or forgetting Kelce’s on the team. Bad play calling in some games. Let’s not forget his wonderful clock management at times. It does seem to me that a couple of times a year Reid finds ways to lose to inferior teams, and usually at home.

        • Laurels and limitations

          The Fisher injury is what concerns me the most, he has enough trouble in pass pro when he’s healthy but I agree with your concerns in the interior also. Watt loves to move around looking for the weak link and if Reid tries too hard to compensate for this that is going to leave Clowney free to pick on Fisher.

    • mnelson52

      I really don’t keep up with the World Series unless the Cardinals are in it, (which is a lot) but I do know if the Catfish was measuring Lopes, the Dodgers had to be in that series also.

      • ladner morse

        All I recall (and I don’t watch baseball anymore)… is that Hunter had a good move… then a great move. AND… everyone who was wearing a jock that day… and most of the audience… were faked out of theirs.

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    The defenses we faced were getting progressively better………Redskins defense is no joke, look what they did to the Raiders high flying offense. Our offense who is widely considered worse than Carr and co. faired better.

    • mnelson52

      The only weak defense we faced was NE. Our offense did exactly what they should against a weak defense and put up 40 something points. The other 3 games we faced very good defenses. As a matter of fact, we may have faced some better or as good of defenses as our own. I bet none of the defenses we faced will ever get a penalty for punting a ball in the stands. I also bet none of the offenses we faced will throw a flag on the ref. Yes we do have a colorful team…lol

  • drwillez37

    Slow starts have been a common occurrence in KC…that’s a huge problem when the playoffs come, playing catch up is definitely not the way to go. But being undefeated makes me not want to knit pick things too much, but I am happy the yellow flags got alittle under control on monday….oh yeah most importantly I’m loving these primetime nationally televised games we got this year so far. I’ve never watched so many games for free on my television.

  • freshmeat62

    Reid had months to plan for the Pats and came out w/ a dynamic opened up offense.
    Now that he has only a week between games, it looks to me that he has reverted back to the old dink and dunk Andy.

    • Laurels and limitations

      some of that has to be Reid defending Smith though, Alex has taken quite a few shots this year already.

      • mnelson52

        Yep and less time for things to develop with these better defenses were facing. Expect more dink and dunk Sunday facing a strong D with our weakened O-line on the interior.

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    I believe it was Laddie that mentioned during Monday’s game that Washington could possibly have made a mistake scoring too quick as their already winded defense was once again heading back out on the field……..the disparity in the Time of Possession for that game was huge! I can’t remember the last time I have seen it that lopsided.
    It seems up to this point we have a second half offense and it will fair well if going up against defenses that are spending that much time on the field.

    • Laurels and limitations

      lol, yeah, Wash. should have committed a 3-and-out instead. Worked for Kc last year. Defense always on the field and the offense didn’t put up any points either.

      I understand Laddie’s point, I just don’t believe that at ant time in the NFL that you have a chance to score that you don’t. There are always exceptions of course but giving the defense a breather I have my doubts in.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Haha…I agree 100%…..when you have an opportunity to score you score.
        That doesn’t change the fact that 100’s of games have been lost over the decades from scoring too soon…..guys like Montana and Elway made a name for themselves in the final 2 minutes of games.
        I wasn’t suggesting Washington should have held back, nor do I think Laddie was…….just pointing out how exhausted Washington’s defense was since their offense was only on the field for 22+ minutes of a 60 minute game.

        • mnelson52

          On the flip side of that, our defense was well rested and let the Skins drive the field in record time.

      • ladner morse

        Oh, I think Reid is always trying to score… however… I think he goes vanilla early to see what the other teams tendencies are so he sets them up , so to speak. It’s like a RB using the early portions of a game to run inside to get the D cheating in that direction then all of a sudden he pops it outside for a long gainer.

    • ladner morse

      That’s also why I’m not upset that Alex hasn’t gone long more than he did in the preseason. It’s enough to know that they have that ability. Otherwise our D would be on the field 75% of every game. Reid still wants to run. “Possession Game.”

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    I think Andy has done a good job of making adjustments…..although sometimes I think he takes too long, but eventually he figures out how to get the ball down field.
    Looking too far down field early on hasn’t faired well when defenses are still fresh and aggressive……our OL just gets pushed around.

    • Laurels and limitations

      There’s been a ton of movement within the o-line also. It’s hard to be synchronized with players you have multiple years experience with, let alone new faces being thrust into starter-like roles.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Yeah yeah yeah….excuses excuses….lol 😀

  • Laurels and limitations

    Something else that needs to be remember is that Kc isn’t exactly playing paper tigers this season.. Yeah, NE isn’t anything like what they were billed as prior to reg. season game one, but they are still a good team. It’s not like KC is playing the Colts every week.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Exactly!
      Outside of SD….just about every team we have beaten could very well be their division leader in December.

      • mnelson52

        But even SD could be beating division leaders. They are a good team.

  • Laurels and limitations

    If football coaches were honest… pic.twitter.com/trmUd9aq7T— John Crist (@johnbcrist) October 5, 2017

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Blahahaha!
      That was hilarious……and brutally honest

      • Laurels and limitations

        I thought so too, I love honest comedy!!

    • mnelson52

      Now that’s some funny stuff right there.

  • Laurels and limitations

    Speaking of comedy, it looks as if Pederson took to heart some of the teaching of Andy Reid, and elevated them. Lol, this is funny stuff.

    Thankfully, @Eagles coach Doug Pederson knows exactly when RB @WSmallwood28 injured his knee in the game… pic.twitter.com/fB5O5eEt8K— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 6, 2017

  • Laurels and limitations

    Try this again…Speaking of comedy, it looks as if Pederson took to heart some of the teaching of Andy Reid, and elevated them. Lol, this is funny stuff.

    Thankfully, @Eagles coach Doug Pederson knows exactly when RB @WSmallwood28 injured his knee in the game… pic.twitter.com/fB5O5eEt8K— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 6, 2017

  • Laurels and limitations

    27 being all real and shiznit…

    Yo not for nothing….but I hope Travis Kelce gets all of Gronkowski’s commercials and endorsements as much he sits on the bench injured.— Larry Johnson (@2LarryJohnson7) October 6, 2017

  • Laurels and limitations

    Paylor via Elluit

    It's the weekend, so it's time for @TerezPaylor Gameplan breakdown of the #Chiefs #Texans (w/prediction) in 2 min. https://t.co/P30Y9rmnCQ— David Eulitt (@davidphotokc) October 6, 2017

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      50-50 by the so called experts…..so many of them are picking the Texans.
      Ok….I’m stressing.

  • ladner morse
    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Amazing!
      Thank you Dorsey.

      • ladner morse

        NOOO… I’m sure they let Clark pick his namesake.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          Hahaha!

          • ladner morse
          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Those WERE the days!
            Thanks for putting a smile on my face this evening Ladddie!

          • ladner morse

            Cool… it did the same for me. 🙂

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    Off topic…..The great Tom Petty and now the hilarious Ralphie May……..tough week…I’m bummed.

    • ladner morse

      RIP…………