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Chiefs Come Up Short to the Vikings on Final Play of the Game

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Man...so close! Matt Gutierrez's goal line pass to Ashley Lelie is out of bounds. Kansas City Chiefs lose to the Minnesota Vikings 17 to 13.

Final game stats are here.

Inconsistent but nearly succesful play from the Kansas City Chiefs tonight but like I've always said, I don't take any absolutes away from the second preseason game.

Here are a few thoughts before I get into the game recap tomorrow morning:

  • Matt Cassel impressed me tonight. He looks crisper and just has a more confident look at the QB position than Tyler Thigpen or Brodie Croyle.
  • The offensive line wasn't very good tonight. Vikings S and former Chief Benny Sapp came in on a blitz and forced a Matt Cassel fumble.
  • Jamaal Charles would be a heck of a lot better football player if he didn't fumble the ball so much. That's a killer right there and a repeated mistake most coaches don't tolerate for very long.
  • Dwayne Bowe had another solid game in limited action, catching 3 passes for 37 yards including a 5-yard TD pass from Matt Cassel.
  • Jackie Battle received the most carries out of any Chiefs' running back. The coaching staff definitely has their eye on him.
  • K Ryan Succop was 2/2 on field goals. Did Herm just not know how to pick kickers? Too much pressure perhaps to score all of the points?
  • Jackie Battle and Jamaal Charles split two kick returns. Maurice Leggett had a punt return too.

More on the defense in the game recap tomorrow. Use this as the post game thread for all of your comments.