Ugly. But we’ll take it.
Hey Kansas City, your Chiefs are 2-0 for the first time since 2005, when they became the first 10 win team in NFL history to miss the playoffs.
As ugly as this game was, there were some definite positives to take away from this game. As the resident optimist on Chiefs Command, here’s what I was impressed with:
DJ had another great game. His name was called several times during the game and he was crucial in shutting down Jerome Harrison. He was in on several screen plays that shut down Cleveland’s offensive rhythm.
In a game that featured the boring part of the Chiefs special teams’ attack, Mr. Irrelevant booted three field goals on a tough, windy day on the shores of Lake Erie. Succop contributed 10 of the Chiefs 16 points and did a great job on kickoffs as well, keeping the ball out of Josh Cribbs‘ hands.
Matt Cassel in the 2nd Half
He looked downright horrible in the first half. But give him some credit. He rallied in the second half and led the Chiefs on some great drives, finding Dwayne Bowe and Tony Moeaki on critical 3rd down plays and created some medium sized plays for the Chiefs.
Wow. Star in the making? He’s got hands of gold. And by gold, I mean soft as puppy fur and sticky as a Canadian breakfast plate. May be too early to tell on Tony Mo, but he’s showcased some fantastic ability in both of his first career games.
When you win games that are this close, the coaches are the difference. Sure the Browns gashed the Chiefs for one big play, but other than that, the Chiefs run defense looked good and never allowed a big play. I think we are seeing the defensive identity being formed right now, a “bend-don’t-break” style that will work for now. Once we get some talent on that side of the football…lookout. Romeo Crennel has done a great job.
Let my halfback go.