RUNNING GAME: The Chiefs ran the ball 32 times on Sunday, 23 by Jamaal Charles. Of the team total of 126 yards on the ground, Charles had 86. It wasn’t a high powered running attack but consisted mostly of Charles making what he could out whatever daylight he could find. He broke one for 18 yards but most of the time, he just waded into the line and tried to make something happen.
The biggest run of the day was a 23-yard gallop by quarterback Alex Smith when he was flushed from the pocket. He went into a slide, took an elbow to the head, and got 15 more on the penalty. Smith also scored on what appeared to be a broken play when either Smith or Charles went the wrong way on a hand off, and Smith recovered quickly enough to slip through an opening for a 5-yard touchdown run late in the first half.
PASSING GAME: The offense ran like a well oiled machine in the first half. Alex Smith was 13-20 passing the ball for 127 yards, better than the full game numbers last week. In the second half, he was even more efficient, connecting 10 of 14 for 113, but he did have a turnover. Smith finished the by completing 23 of 34 passes (67.6%) for 240 yards, no touchdowns through the air, and 1 interception.
The offensive line did a terrific job keeping Smith upright most of the day but didn’t open too many gaping holes for Charles.
The Chiefs only had the ball 4 times in the first half but ran 34 plays. They had touchdown drives of 82 and 97 yards in that half and racked up 194 yards of offense.
The second 30 minutes was another story. In 7 possessions, Kansas City ran 35 plays for 177 yards. They did have another long sustained drive but it ended on the 1 when the Chiefs were unable to score in two tries. The second play, Smith rolled to his right and badly misfired on pass to a wide open Sean McGrath. Charles lost a fumble and Smith had an interception in the second half as well.
OVERALL OFFENSIVE GRADE: B+