Well that was unnecessarily dramatic.
Matt Cassel was atrocious – playing what I consider to be his worst game of the season. (Yes, even worse than his two-interception Cleveland game. He at least made plays and led the team to scoring drives.) The only real “plays” I can give Cassel a lot of credit on were the passes to Tony Moeaki in overtime.
Dwayne Bowe dropped another touchdown pass, which didn’t help Cassel’s confidence early – nor offensive coordinator Charlie Weis‘s confidence in throwing the ball.
The offensive game plan was wildly inconsistent. “Run the ball until they know we can run it, then go away from it.” Jamaal Charles was killing the Bills defense, so you remove him. Third and one, so let’s throw it. Horrible decision-making.
Linebacker Derrick Johnson had not one but TWO interceptions go off his hands. The defense forgot how to tackle in the second half.
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But despite all that, this is still a game the Chiefs had won.
All you have to do is kick a field goal in the first quarter – especially with a good kicker like Ryan Succop.
The same gambler mentality that has endeared Haley to Chiefs fans the past couple of weeks came back and nearly bit him.
There is one primary rule of football. Do NOT take points off of the scoreboard. Don’t do it.
Haley did it. And it dang near cost the Chiefs.
Here was my problem with what happened Sunday. The Chiefs were clearly the better team. They matched up well at every position.
And they tried to be tricky.
Let’s be clear about one thing – trick plays are for when you’re not the better team. When you ARE the better team, line up and win that game. Don’t overthink. Don’t overanalyze. Go out and physically beat the other team.
There aren’t going to be many games this year when the Chiefs are the better team. So it was inconceivable what we saw Sunday.
So this talk of playoffs is premature. This talk of walking to a division title is premature. This talk of an “easy” schedule is premature.
It doesn’t get easier. This game was on the tee and the Chiefs shanked it. It just fortunately skipped off the cart path and back onto the fairway somehow.
Next week is now huge. You take the win. You move on, definitely. But the questions are there. The concerns are back in my mind – and yes, even of Matt Cassel. Bowe’s not going to be open at ALL next week against Nnamdi Asomugha, and there’s no sign that Dexter McCluster will be back.
The biggest positive that came out of this game was this was clearly the best effort of Eric Berry‘s young career. The rookie safety played really well and had a game-saving interception. Tamba Hali also continues to be a beast in pass rush.
The Chiefs are still in first place, a win truly is a win. But this still a very flawed football team. Next week is going to be huge.