The Chiefs first team offense was very sharp
I mean, really good. They jumped out to a 17-0 lead. Alex Smith completed 16-of-18 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns. He repeatedly hit Jeremy Maclin who ended with seven catches for 65 yards. Smith hit seven different receivers. He was on fire.
Why was this different? Smith got the ball out quickly so he didn't even give the line a chance to falter. He was accurate and made decisions quickly. The Chiefs were also all over the place with their formations as they usually are, going from four-wide to start the game to two tight end to three tight ends. It was a lot of fun to watch.
High percentage passes, YAC, tons of formations ... pretty much the Chiefs at their best.— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) August 29, 2015
Aaron Murray gets a ton of playing time, and looks good
This was a bit of a surprise for me. Murray came in at the end of the first half after it was reported that the Chiefs planned to leave the starters in until the third quarter. I'm guessing Andy Reid was content with the play of the first team that he didn't need to give them any more work. Thus, Murray, who had attempted one pass so far this preseason, was able to get a lot of work in.
The highlights include a 98-yard scoring drive and a nice 29-yard touchdown pass to Fred Williams. One lowlight is an interception but he threw that off his back foot under pressure. That's easily correctable.
The Chiefs have to feel good about their quarterback play.tonight.
Andy, The Backup QB Whisperer— Nic Reese (@HisDirknesS) August 29, 2015
Chiefs o-line looks ... good?
I think so. I need to go back and watch the tape but at first glance they seemed to play better. Smith was getting the ball out quicker which was a big help. Last week was Paul Fanaika's first game at right tackle so I can give him a bit of a pass. Overall, it was better than last week against Seattle.
WR battle gets interesting
I am guessing that Fred Williams and Frankie Hammond are competing for one spot. Hammond has been taking punt returns which made me think that since he can do more he would be the one getting the nod. However, Williams has been making plays, including two touchdown catches 29 and four yards on Friday night. This one got a lot more interesting.
Chiefs can't miss any more extra points
This is frustrating. After the Chiefs terrific first drive, Cairo Santos missed the extra point. The Chiefs are going to be in a lot of close games this year -- most NFL games are close -- so they can not afford giving points away. On the upside, the Chiefs converted a two-point conversion later in the game.
No major injuries (that we know of)
Mike DeVito left the game with a stinger but that didn't seem serious. Albert Wilson had a shoulder injury and was initially questionable to return so I'm guessing that's not serious.
That's the real victory here. No injuries.
Chase Daniel did not play in the game.
The crowd was pretty small because ... well, because teams charge full price for games that don't count.
These players were ruled out before the game: QB Tyler Bray, WR De'Anthony Thomas, OT Tavon Rooks, LB Justin March, OT Jeff Allen, OT Eric Fisher, WR Junior Hemingway, TE Demetrius Harris, LB Josh Mauga, NT Dontari Poe.
Frankie Hammond was the first punt returner out in the game. De'Anthony Thomas was ruled out earlier with a calf injury. Hammond returning punts first is notable because he is in the receiver position battle with Fred Williams and others.
Former Chief Anthony Fasano was called for a false start when the Titans were going for it on fourth and one. That was very un-Fasano like.
This is hilarious:
The Titans roster looks like it was put together by an overly optimistic Chiefs fan from 2011. Ropati Pitoitua, Andy Studebaker, McCluster.— Brian (@BrianMcGannon) August 29, 2015
Ben Grubbs was called for a holding penalty in the game.
Chris Conley was returning punts for the Chiefs as well.
Charcandrick West got a lot of work. He was doing a good job in pass protection. He has some of that nastiness in those chips that Jamaal Charles has.
Justin Houston chased Marcus Mariota down and forced a fumble that went out of bounds.
Frank Zombo had an interception that set the Chiefs up inside the 10-yard line.
It started raining midway through the fourth quarter. Kinda creepy actually.
Stormy Arrowhead pic.twitter.com/K0eqkQa24c— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) August 29, 2015