ATLANTA - AUGUST 13: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs is pressured by Kroy Biermann #71 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on August 13 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
If I could describe it in one word: Meh.
It wasn't very good at all. Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster looked good but, after that, I don't see a lot of positives. Matt Cassel's decision-making was very vanilla choosing (or by play design) to look for shorter routes. He averaged just over four yards per completion and and three yards per attempt.
Cassel was 6/8 for 25 yards while Charles carried four times for 37 yards. McCluster carried the ball five times for 25 yards and caught three passes for 23 yards.
There are some positives that leave hope (Charles, McCluster) but overall this was poor. It reminded me of the 2009 preseason.
Here's the rundown of the Chiefs first four drives which were with Cassel running the show.
First Drive: Punt
I believe I heard a "Is this Herm Edwards offense?" from a buddy after this drive. The Chiefs ran Thomas Jones twice, each carry for one yard. On third down Cassel went to Chris Chambers which was incomplete on a short non-first down route. Dustin Colquitt came on for the punt.
This was some pretty vanilla, boring playcalling.
Second Drive: Turnover
Starting at their own 43, Cassel hit Leonard Pope three yards out as he was falling down and then handed off to Jamaal Charles for a short gain. On the next play, Falcons defensive lineman Kory Biermann beat Chiefs right tackle Ryan O'Callaghan and was able to knock the ball from Cassel's hands. It was recovered by the Falcons defensive lineman John Abraham. I gotta think Cassel can hold that ball in a better position.
The Chiefs had solid field position here. You gotta capitalize when that happens and they blew it returning the field position to the Falcons.
Third Drive: Missed Field Goal
The first six plays of this drive: Three passing plays went for 14 yards while Charles' three carries went for 36 yards. The Chiefs drove down to the Falcons side of the field and on third down, Cassel was sacked setting up a 53-yard Ryan Succop field goal, which he missed.
Charles came out with three runs over 10 yards and then the Chiefs, starting on first down, go to three consecutive passing plays which kills the drive.
Fourth Drive: Missed Field Goal
This was Dexter McCluster's series. Starting on their own 40, McCluster got the carry (as a running back) on five of the first six plays going for gains of 5, 2, 10, 6, 2. Jackie Battle couldn't get convert the short third down and, once again, Succop missed a 53-yard field goal.
The Chiefs had a 2nd and four on the Falcons 31. We didn't see that killer instinct to get the first down and go for the kill in the red zone.