The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 42-20 on Sunday. The score makes it appear a blowout but the Jaguars had the ball in the fourth quarter down one score so there was some doubt into the final quarter.
My overall grade: A. It has to be after a game you win by 22 points. The Chiefs were dominating in some areas and lax in others but as a whole they dominated a .500 opponent.
I've got my grades for the offense, defense and special teams. Drop yours in the comments and participate in the poll.
This is exactly the type of game the Chiefs want to play. Matt Cassel completed 13-of-18 passes for 193 yards and a pair of scores. He was efficient, completed important third down passes and was definitely part of the solution. The Chiefs run game produced another 200+ yard effort as Thomas Jones went over 100 and Jamaal Charles nearly kept up 5+ yards per carry average. Dexter McCluster was involved. Dwayne Bowe was huge again coming up with a pair of scores.
There was a lot to like about the offense.
They made Todd Bouman look like a good QB for a half and kept things interesting into the fourth quarter. They did however create some big plays going +3 on turnovers including a Derrick Johnson touchdown as well as a Tamba Hali sack. They kept Maurice Jones-Drew in check on the ground but gave up 74 yards him through the air.
It wasn't their best performance but they made big time plays at critical points.
Special teams: C
They might deserve less than this because the Jaguars return game was pretty good. They had one punt return for 49 yards and seven kick returns for 158 yards. The Chiefs coverage unit is generally one of the best in the league so this was a letdown, even with that fumble recovery.
The Chiefs have the ability to be game breakers on special teams but we haven't seen it in a few weeks. This isn't a problem area by any means but something the Chiefs can't let happen consistently.