The Kansas City Chiefs walked away with a couple of minor injuries (Phillip Gaines, Chris Conley) and a glimpse at their quarterback of the future in Friday’s 27-17 preseason loss to the 49ers. The Chiefs first team was strong with Alex Smith but for this preseason game fans were there to see their new toy, Patrick Mahomes.
What we saw in the Chiefs loss ...
Chiefs first team offense was as good as can be
The Chiefs went 75 yards on eight plays to open the game with a touchdown. Doesn’t get much better than that! Alex Smith was 4-of-6 for 48 yards on the scoring drive.
First play: 32-yard pass to Tyreek Hill down the right sideline. I was pretty damn excited to see that. Yes, even the preseason!
Alex Smith ran it 10 yards for a first on 3rd and 7. The 49ers left him wide open. Then he did that other great Alex thing he does and drew a flag on the defense when he was sliding. I would like to get running Alex back this year.
Spencer Ware was the first in among the running backs. He had a nice run and a quick stop to dodge a defender and pick up a first down on the first drive. Then he ran it in from two yards out for the score. He had three touches on the first drive.
First team offensive line: LT Eric Fisher, LG Bryan Witzmann, C Mitch Morse, RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, RT Mitch Schwartz
Tyler Bray was meh
Tyler Bray’s final line: 5-of-8 for 63 yards and one interception.
Tyler Bray went deep to Chris Conley on his first play and it went all the way - 83 yards for the touchdown. Except...they called it pass interference on Conley. Ouch.
And then the second play, Bray threw a pretty looking back shoulder pass to Conley again for 29 yards. The Bray-Conley connection?
Unfortunately the drive didn’t end ideally. Bray was forced to step up in the pocket and, in a pocket where Alex has the mobility to scramble, Bray forced an interception.
Bray was sacked on another third down near the Chiefs own end zone. I thought he was pretty average on this night.
Patrick Mahomes era starts with a bang!
Mahomes came in late in the second quarter and played the whole third quarter. He ended the game 7-of-9 for 49 yards and a touchdown.
Just like Alex and Bray, Mahomes went deep on play one which he completed to Demarcus Robinson about 40 yards down the field ... the fans went crazy ... I jumped up in my seat ... it was here ... except it was holding on the Chiefs. Dang it!
Mahomes ended up punting on his first drive.
The Chiefs blocked a punt and set the Chiefs up inside the 10-yard line. Mahomes threw a one-yard touchdown pass for his first career passing touchdown in the NFL.
He missed a couple plays earlier on an open Gavin Escobar in the end zone. It sailed on him a little.
Overall, a good night for the Chiefs rookie quarterback.
- I don’t know if it was planned but the Chiefs didn’t have much of a run game.
- Didn’t see much out of Kareem Hunt beyond one screen I remember.
- The second and third team offensive line was rough.
- LB Kevin Pierre-Louis - the guy who came from Seattle in from the DJ Alexander trade - blocked a punt.
- I thought Ramik Wilson looked pretty good at inside linebacker. He seemed, I don’t know, quicker?I’d put money on him winning that job next to DJ.
- It’s hard to read too much into the depth chart because the Chiefs were missing so many key guys.
- De’Anthony Thomas was back deep for the first kick return then it was CJ Spiller and then Demarcus Robinson.
- S Eric Murray whiffed on a tackle that helped give up a 63-yard play. About 40 of it was because of the missed tackle.
- P Dustin Colquitt had a 56-yard punt out of his own end zone.
- DE Tanoh Kpassagnon got in with the second team defensive line.
- Not a great night for RB Charcandrick West. He had a bad two play sequence that helped kill a drive.
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Chiefs 2017 preseason schedule
All Chiefs preseason games are on KCTV-5 locally. Check NFL Network for nationally.
Week 1: 49ers beat Chiefs, 27-17
Week 2: Chiefs-Bengals
Saturday, August 19, 6 p.m.
Week 3: Chiefs-Seahawks
Friday, August 25, 7 p.m.
Week 4: Titans-Chiefs
Thursday, August 31, 7:30 p.m.