The Kansas City Chiefs hosted the Tennessee Titans this afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium and gave them up a straight up whooping. Kansas City had 31 first half points and completely controlled the game.
Here are some quick thoughts before we delve into the game in more detail:
The game plan was excellent. The Chiefs got off to a quick start on offense, scoring three touchdowns and a field goal on their first four drives. The same was true for the defensive game plan. The Titans failed to score on their first four possessions. Kansas City was in control of this game from the beginning and never relinquished control throughout the game. The Chiefs' coaches did a hell of a job planning for Tennessee. The "killer instinct" was there from kickoff.
Dwayne Bowe being Dwayne Bowe. Who knew Bowe could run that fast? His catch and run of 75-yards in the first half was truly impressive. He broke a tackle and then, to my surprise, outran the Tennessee secondary. In the fourth quarter, Bowe made one of the most impressive receptions of his career, cradling a one-handed catch into his body as he tight roped the sideline. Bowe ended the day with 6 receptions for 153 yards and a TD. Another amazing day from Bowe. He went over 1,000 yards receiving on the season today.
Eric Berry gets his touchdown. Awhile back, I wrote a post about how Eric Berry tries really, really hard to make it to end zone when he intercepts a pass. Video of him going back to his days as a Volunteer showed Berry's sheer will to dodge and cut his way to the end zone. Well today against the Titans, he nabbed the first pick six of his career and it was a great one. Berry rumbled his way to the end zone, cutting back to the middle of the field and diving into the end zone.
Matt Cassel holding everything together. Matt Cassel is the unquestioned leader of this football team. His calm 314 yard, 3 touchdown day showed us why he's the Chiefs' most valuable player. Cassel made some fantastic, smart throws and even ran it a few times for a couple of gains. Cassel means everything to this team right now.