Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Kansas City Chiefs: Moving on
By Bill Williamson
Here are some areas the Kansas City Chiefs need to focus on after a 34-3 loss against the New England Patriots in Foxboro on Monday night:
Recap: In the end, the undermanned and battered Chiefs were tossed around by a superior team playing at home in prime time. However, the game wasn’t all New England. The Chiefs were outplaying the Patriots until late in the second quarter. All but seven of the Patriots’ points came in the final 31 minutes of the game. Kansas City has now lost three straight games, is 4-6 and is tied for last place in the division with San Diego.
Biggest area to fix: The Chiefs need to continue to work with quarterback Tyler Palko. He entered the game with just 13 career NFL passes. Palko was not terrible Monday. Yes, he threw three interceptions and he made some bad decisions, but he was also competitive. He threw for 236 yards on 25-of-38 passing. Expect offensive coordinator Bill Muir -- who moved from the press box to the field Monday -- to stay on the field and continue to work with Palko as the Chiefs try to stay in the hunt for the final six games of the season. They will be now without starting quarterback Matt Cassel, who is out for the year with a broken hand.
Biggest area to build on: The Chiefs’ played very aggressive on defense in the first half. The game got away from them in the second half, but Kansas City was pushing around the New England offensive line and making life uncomfortable for Tom Brady early. Kansas City had three sacks in the first half and none in the second. Also, credit Kansas City for containing New England receiver Wes Welker. He had two catches for 22 yards. His previous season low for catches was five and his previous season low for yardage was 39. Welker is leading the NFL in receptions (74) and yardage (1,028), yet he was not a factor against the Chiefs.
What to watch for: The Chiefs have the toughest remaining schedule in the NFL and they stay in the prime-time spotlight. The Chiefs host Pittsburgh on Sunday night.