We're looking at grades this morning for the Kansas City Chiefs offense, defense and special teams against the Cleveland Browns. There were some clear lowlights as there were highlights.
Here's how things shook out in my grade book. Give us your grades for all three phases of the game.
They came back around in the second half moving the ball a little better. Matt Cassel and Co. had two drives over 10 plays and 60 yards. They didn't punch it in on either chance but it does at least demonstrate that Cassel can move the team down the field.
There were a lot of things to like on Sunday. The offense isn't high on that list.
They made one mistake with Josh Cribbs allowing him to "get out of the trap", as Todd Haley said, for a 65-yard touchdown pass. Other than that, they held strong. Seneca Wallace had an OK day completing 16-of-31 passes for 229 yards but also threw an interception -- and that was taken back to the house by Brandon Flowers.
This defense really works well together.
Special teams: B+
OK, the return game wasn't much. The Browns did a heck of a job making sure the Chiefs had no room to return anything. The Chiefs had no impact in the return game.
However, the Chiefs kickers did do an excellent job keeping the ball away from Cribbs. Ryan Succop on kickoffs and Dustin Colquitt on punts were told no returns for Cribbs and for the most part they neutralized him. Great work by the coverage units.