Score: Chiefs 26, Steelers 20 OT
Player of the Game: Rico Richardson – mostly for this fall after the game-winning touchdown.
Best Quote: ”We’ve had limited 2-minute work just by the nature of being together such a limited time, especially in a game situation. So I thought it was great work for us. We started to get some ‘chunk’ plays.” – Alex Smith
1. Dave Toub: Greatest coach ever or Greatest. Coach. Ever.?
Another week, another big play from this special teams unit. This time it was a 109-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Knile Davis, and a blocked field goal by Tysyn Hartman. Ho hum.
2. Alex Smith had a solid day, going 17-24 with a touchdown pass to Junior Hemingway. He also had a wide open 38-yard run on a broken play.
Most importantly, he got the ball to Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery a total of 12 times for 127 yards. Any questions about Smith’s ability to get the ball to Bowe and the other wide receivers should simmer down for a little bit.
3. I’m not saying he’s a starting quarterback in the NFL, but I have a hard time thinking Chase Daniel is not a better quarterback than Matt Cassel. After watching the way he handled the fourth quarter and overtime, Daniel proved he could be serviceable if called upon.
Yes, he only has nine career attempts in the NFL but there was a lot of good things going on in those final two drives of the game.
4. Where is the running game? What happened to it?
Jamaal Charles’ lack of touches this preseason because of the foot injury has a lot to do with it, but the two leading rushers for the Chiefs on Saturday were both quarterbacks. Yikes.
It is hard to tell in the preseason what is lacking of game planning and what is an actual problem. A week ago everyone was freaking out about Bowe not having a catch in the preseason and then they came out Saturday and had no problems getting the ball to Bowe. The running game could use one of those drives.
The fumble was bad. Really, really, really bad. But Knile Davis continues to impress and make plays as he did again on Saturday with his 109-yard touchdown return. The timing of it was also key as the Steelers had just taken a 17-10 lead on the previous possession. Davis seems most confident on special teams and simple running plays right now, but by the midseason he could end up being a big piece of the running game for the Chiefs.
Eric Fisher looked better on Saturday, though not spectacular. He managed to handle his one-on-one assignments much better and did not finding him self getting beat in the passing game. The mental aspect of things appears to still be a problem for him and there is still a bit of awkwardness to his game right now, but this was by far the best game he has played this preseason.
Travis Kelce has an injured knee which limited him this past week. Nico Johnson sprained his ankle on Saturday though you wouldn’t know it given the way he played.
It is a short week for the Chiefs as they’ll finish up the preseason at home against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
It is Monday, so it is probably a little too early in the week to be taking shots. But no one will mind if you tap into your reserve of Tank 7 tonight.