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KC Chiefs End Preseason With 24-3 Loss To Packers

Aug 30, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA;   Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jamar Newsome (84) cannot catch a pass while defended by Green Bay Packers defensive back Casey Hayward (29) at Lambeau Field.  Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 30, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jamar Newsome (84) cannot catch a pass while defended by Green Bay Packers defensive back Casey Hayward (29) at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

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.

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.

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 did not throw a pass attempt on the first drive. Nine plays, all handoffs.

First mention of last year's Chiefs-Packers game: 16 minutes into the broadcast.

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.

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:


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...

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.

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.

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.


Last week it was Jalil Brown. This week...

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...

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.

2. This:

3. Sacked.

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...



Photo via @adamteicher


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!


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