Some thoughts from Kansas City’s 20-17 loss to Philadelphia on Friday night:
First, we must address the injuries. Rookie linebacker Cameron Sheffield was taken off the field on a stretcher after a helmet-to-helmet hit. The Chiefs just announced good news. He was released from the hospital Saturday with movement in all of his extremities.
Despite the injury scares, it was a productive night for the Chiefs. The most exciting aspect was the strong play from the defense. Kansas City has been searching for this type of effort all summer. The Chiefs had five sacks. That’s a tremendous boost for this unit. Linebackers Andy Studebaker and Demorrio Williams each had two sacks. Both Studebaker and Williams have earned major playing time once the regular season starts.
The offense was sloppy at times, but it was steady. The Chiefs turned a turnover into a touchdown on a 16-play, 63-yard drive. If the two units can play like this once the regular season starts, the Chiefs will have a chance to compete in every game.
Other strong points for the Chiefs included another impressive performance by the rookie class and the fact that the still-growing offensive line allowed just one sack.
With most of the key players expected to play small roles -- if they play at all -- in the preseason finale, the Chiefs should march toward their Sept. 13 opener against San Diego feeling pretty good.