The mystery of the Kansas City Chiefs continue after Monday’s loss at Green Bay in which Aaron Rodgers three five touchdown passes and completely picked apart the Chiefs defense for a 38-28 win.
Frankly, the score isn’t indicative of how dominant the Packers were on a nationally televised Monday Night Football broadcast.
Rodgers secured his spot as the best QB in the league, and it may not even be close.
Justin Houston and the defense seemed to get decent pressure on Rodgers, but his footwork and ability to move within the pocket and throw on the run made it practically impossible to slow him down.
Offensively, Kansas City looked like a disaster in the first half. Whether it falls on the shoulders of head coach Andy Reid, QB Alex Smith, or both, getting behind 24-7 at the half with little to no offensive production, didn’t help their effort in the second half, which was actually relatively impressive.
Unfortunately, it was too little, too late, which makes it tougher to swallow because you can see what Kansas City is able to do with aggressive play-calling and a sense of urgency on the offensive end.
Jamaal Charles was his usual self, consistently productive and providing the Chiefs with the majority of the offense.
Alex Smith, to his credit, was pressured the entire night. The offensive line has plenty of room for improvement, and because of the pressure so far this year, Smith appears to get happy feet and look to tuck the ball too early, or throw inaccurate and rushed passes as soon as he feels the pocket beginning to collapse.
Moving forward, Kansas City has a team with plenty of talent, but putting a solid effort forward on both sides of the ball, much like they did in the season-opener against the Houston Texans, remains the key to what was predicted to be a good season for the Chiefs.
The next opponent, Cincinnati, is another road venture for Reid’s team, and will yet again test their ability to put pressure on a solid QB and a dynamic offense in the 3-0 Bengals.
Offensively, Kansas City needs to show it can move the ball early and pressure the Cincy defense as opposed to playing from behind from the outset.
The Chiefs are next at home on Sunday, October 11, to take on the Chicago Bears.
Without Jay Cutler behind center, the Bears have struggled to get anything going offensively with Jimmy Clausen. Defensively, they aren’t much better, and on Monday, traded away former Chief and defensive star, Jared Allen, to the Carolina Panthers.
It appears the Bears are headed to a complete rebuild, which will mean multiple mainstays will likely not be around following this season. With its first home game in two weeks, Kansas City will have a chance to get a solid home win at Arrowhead Stadium and try to keep pace with the rest of the AFC West, currently led by the 3-0 Denver Broncos.
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