Twas a great day for Chiefs fans on Sunday. Beating Peyton Manning and the Broncos was well overdue.
Even though the Chiefs won the game this was not a perfect game from Reid. Beating the Broncos 29-13 on the road without a perfect game from Reid leaves some reason for optimism the rest of the season.
We'll be using the same grading criteria as we have been in the past weeks.
- Starting Roster (15)
- Player preparedness / discipline (15)
- Offensive play calling (30)
- Game altering decisions (25)
- Clock management (15)
- Challenges +/- a range of 5 points.
Player Preparedness Discipline
- The Chiefs came out nasty and with swagger on both sides of the ball, not only creating the turnover but running right down the field. They didn't let the Broncos push them around. A personal foul was called on Jah Reid for dive bombing Von Miller, but I'll gladly take that penalty as long as it's a one-time deal.
- After a horrid five turnover game earlier in the year against the Broncos, the Chiefs held onto the ball. They have quietly become one of the best teams in the NFL when it comes to taking care of the ball.
- Aside from the personal foul by Jah Reid, the Chiefs committed 10 penalties. This is not good.
Offensive Play Calling
Game Altering Decisions
- 4th and 1, 13:35 in the 2nd quarter - ball on DEN 41. Reid elected to go for it here with the Chiefs up 10-0. I liked the aggressive call on the road.
- Same drive; 4th and 1, 11:40 in the 2nd quarter - ball on DEN 31. Reid kicked the FG. Perhaps Reid should have gone for it here as well. He has been generally conservative in 2015.
- 4th and 2, 3:34 in the 2nd quarter - ball on DEN 16. Reid once again elected to kick the FG up 13-0. This is another safe call by Reid. Some time this year he will have to go for the jugular.
- 4th and 2, in the 4th quarter - ball on DEN 29. With the Chiefs up 29-6, there was no need for Reid to go for it here. The FG was the best option.
- Nearing the end of the second quarter Reid and the Chiefs inexplicably let about eight to 10 seconds run off the clock before calling the timeout. These little mishaps need to be cleaned up.
- Also at the end of the second quarter the Chiefs elected not to call their final timeout with about 40 second left in the half. Maybe Reid wanted to hold onto the timeout in case he needed it for another FG attempt. Given the situation in the game this wasn't too bad of a decision.
- With the Chiefs blowing out the Broncos in the second half, clock management didn't really take the front seat in terms of important game factors.
Week 10 Grade: 81/100
Next week at San Diego
- Run the ball, a lot. Give West at least 20 carries again. If the Chiefs get down early, DO NOT abandon the run.
- Travis Kelce crossing routes over the middle.
- Where's Jeremy Maclin been lately? I'd like to see Reid to try and get him involved early on.
- Do not slow down the attack if the Chiefs get up in the game. Philip Rivers can still score a lot of points in a hurry.