Breaking down the Chiefs' game

August, 16, 2009
8/16/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Random thoughts from the Chiefs' 16-10 preseason opening loss to visiting Houston:

It's time coach Todd Haley puts receiver Dwayne Bowe back on the first team. Bowe, who had 156 catches in his first two NFL seasons and who is far and away the Chiefs' best receiver, was shaken down all the way to the third string last week. Five very average Kansas City receivers played in the first quarter Saturday night and Bowe didn't play until the second quarter.

Bowe had five catches and beat up on much lesser competition. Ok, coach, your point has been made. Get the guy back with the first team. The Chiefs' chances are much better with Bowe playing. Plus, Bowe and quarterback Matt Cassel have to develop a game rhythm in the preseason. Bowe has to work with the first team in next week's game.

Cassel has been fairly unimpressive in the Chiefs' first preseason game and in their scrimmage last week. Give him time. He hasn't been horrible, so Kansas City shouldn't fret. It will take time for him to get used to his new surroundings.

By all accounts, the Chiefs struggled to adjust to their new 3-4 defensive scheme. That's not surprising. It's going to take time for this unit to feel comfortable.

Brodie Croyle didn't do anything to hurt his chances of being the No. 2 quarterback. He completed 12 of 18 passes for 145 yards. Tyler Thigpen was 7-of-14 for 40 yards. He threw a touchdown and an interception. If Croyle can stay healthy, he may be a nice No.2 in Kansas City.

The Chiefs like young running back Dantrell Savage. He had a nice night Saturday. He had 39 yards on eight carries.

Kansas City had two sacks. The Chiefs set an NFL record for the fewest sacks in a season with 10 in 2008.

Top pick Tyson Jackson was credited for half a sack.

Second-year defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey, who is trying to adjust to the 3-4 defense, had one tackle. Third-round pick Alex Magee, who Dorsey is competing with, had four tackles.

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ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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