Monday, September 26, 2011
Moving on: Kansas City Chiefs
By Bill Williamson
Here are some areas the Kansas City Chiefs need to focus on after a 20-17 road loss to the San Diego Chargers:
Recap: Despite falling to 0-3, the Chiefs had to feel a sense of satisfaction on the flight home from Southern California. That has to stem from the second half of Sunday’s game. The Chiefs showed life offensively for the first time this season. Kansas City didn’t have a first down in the first half Sunday. According to ESPN Stats & Information, it was the first time that has occurred in the NFL since 2009. Yet, the Chiefs came back and actually had a chance to win the game until the final minute. Moving forward, Kansas City now knows it can compete offensively.
Biggest area to fix: The Chiefs now have to put together a full game. Defensively, the Chiefs had their moments Sunday, but they need to tighten things up. Can the Chiefs play a full 60 minutes on both sides of the ball? That’s the next task.
Biggest area to build on: I liked the pairing between quarterback Matt Cassel and Dwayne Bowe in the second half Sunday. Bowe finished with four catches for 67 yards and one touchdown. These two players built a nice chemistry last season. Perhaps they can do it again.
What to watch for: The Chiefs will host one of their most popular players in recent memory Sunday when defensive end Jared Allen and the Vikings visit. It will be the first time Kansas City has faced Allen in the regular season since he was traded in 2008.