Down go the Kansas City Chiefs. Again.
The Chiefs lost to the Green Bay Packers, 24-3. The starters didn't play as bad as the score would indicate -- I actually liked the running game -- but it's another preseason loss.
Your postgame recap, if you can handle it, is after the jump.
[Update: Derrick Johnson was hurt in the game.]
Trent Green's keys for the game: 1.) Be sharp. 2.) Make an impression 3.) stay healthy.
— Randy Covitz (@randycovitz) August 30, 2012
#Chiefs captains tonight: Albert, Winston, Studebaker, Winston and Draughn
Tonight's attendance at Lambeau Field: 67,999— Green Bay Packers (@packers) August 31, 2012
Javier Arenas had one of the best returns I've seen from him -- 36 yards. He went through the seam and did not go down on first contact, instead tacking on a few yards after the Packers defenders starting tackling him. He's not always a homerun hitter but he had a nice return to start the game.
Nice 3rd-and-4 for KC and this is why you have Jamaal Charles. KC runs a running play to Charles who hits the line so quickly that it seems like he just falls right over the line of scrimmage.
Trent Green predicted that early in the season you could see more carries for Peyton Hillis. He said that if there were 35 carries to be had, Hillis could have 20 of them and Charles with 15.
Nate Eachus gets a carry with the first team offense. He picks up two yards on his first carry and drops two yards on his second carry.
Trent Green reports Nate Eachus' nickname is Nasty Nate.— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) August 30, 2012
Bad 3rd-and-9 from the Chiefs. They ran it with Shaun Draughn from the Packers' 36-yard line. Strange call. Ryan Succop came on and missed the 54-yard field goal attempt.
Matt Cassel with some flawless handoffs on that drive...— Sam Mellinger (@mellinger) August 30, 2012
Matt Cassel did not throw a pass attempt on the first drive. Nine plays, all handoffs.
What was the point of that 3rd down call? Silly...— Steven St.John (@SSJ_WHB) August 30, 2012
— Randy Covitz (@randycovitz) August 30, 2012
#Chiefs ran on the first nine plays of the game with 4 different backs, even on 3rd and 10.
First mention of last year's Chiefs-Packers game: 16 minutes into the broadcast.
Stanford Routt picks off an Aaron Rodgers' deep ball but gets it called back due to penalty.— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) August 30, 2012
Replacement refs did a pretty good job there stepping in between a couple of Chiefs, Packers getting chippy there.— Chris Jenkins (@ByChrisJenkins) August 30, 2012
Matt Cassel threw one pass in this game. He hit Dwayne Bowe for a first down and then left the field, replaced by Brady Quinn. So Cassel last one pass in this game. I guessed he would last two series' but he lasted one and a half.
Added bonus to Cassel's early exit: Quinn gets a little time with the first team. You know, just in case.
The Chiefs are still all-in on their running game today, focusing almost exclusively on rushing the ball. Hillis' first six carries produced 46 yards.
Seeing Hillis lower that cinder-block head and plow through gaping holes opened by the line has to make— Jeff Rosen (@jeff_rosen88) August 30, 2012
#chiefs coach Romeo Crennel smile.
Nate Eachus was a former top wrestler in high school, reports Trent Green.
Ryan Succop gets another shot and nails a 26-yard field goal. Chiefs take 3-0 lead with 2:11 remaining in first quarter.
Green Bay had 16 yards of offense in the first quarter. KC had 124 yards.
Gotta love the college Twitter accounts following their former players:
1 quarter in the books in Green Bay. Eachus had 5 carriers for 17 yards.— Colgate Football (@ColgateFootball) August 30, 2012
FIRST QUARTER SCORE: CHIEFS 3 PACKERS 0
3 passes and 17 rushes for the Chiefs on their first 20 plays.
Brady Quinn drives the Chiefs down the field -- all the way from their own 30 yard line to the Packers 5 yard line. This includes a 23-yard rush by Quinn which pushed the Chiefs into the red zone. Nice little 65 yard drive, huh? But...
There's a shocker. Brady Quinn tosses an interception inside the red zone.— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) August 30, 2012
Ugh. Following the Chiefs interception, the Packers march down the field and score. That's how you capitalize on a turnover. Green Bay takes the lead, 7-3, with 7:36 remaining.
— Craig A. Brenner (@craig_a_brenner) August 31, 2012
#Chiefs offensive line is very....whats the word. Oh yeah lknfg;alsjfba nf;kjnsf;n tonite.
Chiefs first four drives: 10 plays, 12 plays, 10 plays, 3 plays.
Packers' Alex Green makes a nice catch on a screen pass and busts through the Chiefs defense for a 17-yard touchdown. Green Bay extends their lead, 14-3, with :58 remaining in the first half.
Devon Wylie does his Javier Arenas impression with a 38-yard kick return. Terrific crease created by the Chiefs special teamers.
So that's what a Devon Wylie truck stick looks like— His Dirkness (@HisDirknesS) August 31, 2012
Chiefs have 7different recievers with 1 catch. Not one person with two or more.— McNadds (@McNeal9) August 31, 2012
First half thoughts
- KC's ground game looked sharp with Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis combining for 58 yards on 9 carries.
- Pretty obvious how the Chiefs wanted to use Casel. He threw one pass to Dwayne Bowe then left the game. The first 10 plays were all runs.
- Graham Harrell looked decent against the Chiefs defense. That's not a good thing. He completed 8-of-10 passes.
- The Chiefs had two solid returns from Arenas and Wylie.
HALFTIME SCORE: CHIEFS 3 PACKERS 14
Last week it was Jalil Brown. This week...
Packers are abusing Chiefs CB Chandler Fenner tonight. Harrell finds Boykin for 21 yards on slant to open drive.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) August 31, 2012
Graham Harrel is the latest quarterback the Chiefs are turning into a super star. He's completed 13-of-15 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns. He was considered one of the lesser backup quarterbacks in the league before this game. Green Bay tacks onto their lead, 21-3, with 10:16 remaining in the third quarter.
On a positive note...
Poe continues to impress, needs to get extend arms more, Rapati , works hard, plays to high. Powe looking good.— Bill Maas (@BillMaas) August 31, 2012
One bright spot: return yards. The Chiefs' Mikail Baker had a 42-yard return in the third quarter. That follows up strong returns from Arenas (36 yards) and Wylie (38 yards).
Ricky Stanzi enters the game in the third quarter. One three-play sequence:
1. False start, fumbles the snap.
Ricky Stanzi apparently thinks Steve Manari is nine feet tall.— Arrowhead Addict (@ArrowheadAddict) August 31, 2012
That Stanzi pass would have been perfect if he was throwing it to Yao Ming— Craig A. Brenner (@craig_a_brenner) August 31, 2012
Not easy to overthrow a 6'8 target— His Dirkness (@HisDirknesS) August 31, 2012
Edgar Jones is making his case for the roster tonight. He notched a sack and has been noticed on the field a number of times.
One play describes this whole thing: Chiefs' Patrick DiMarco breaks through and BLOCKS a punt. The Packers then pick it up and run for a first down. My gosh...
THIRD QUARTER SCORE: CHIEFS 3 PACKERS 21
The fact that all or most of crowd is still here is more amazing given most of them will drive 2 hrs back to Milwaukee on a week nite— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) August 31, 2012
Photo via @adamteicher
FOURTH QUARTER SCORE: CHIEFS 3 PACKERS 21
Mason Crosby kicks a 37-yard field goal to make it 24-3, Packers.
14:52 in the fourth quarter: The Alex Tanney era begins.
Chiefs rushing offense midway through the fourth: 192 yards on six yards per carry.
The fourth quarter is Nate Eachus' territory. He ends the game with 99 yards rushing, just shy of the century mark again.
"There's not going to be a lot of sleep around Arrowhead tonight." Roster cuts on Friday night!