Chiefs vs. Panthers: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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Aug 17, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws a pass during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up game two of the preseason last night and there’s a lot to discuss. The Carolina Panthers came out on top, 28-16 but, the Chiefs played a little better than what they’re getting credit for.

The important thing is that both teams came out of this game with zero significant injuries. So, with so much to discuss, lets get right to the good, the bad, and the down right ugly.

THE GOOD: 

ALEX SMITHAlex Smith played a great game last night completing 14 of his 22 passes for 127 yards and no touchdowns. He had a passer rating of 79.2 and didn’t turn the ball over. Smith worked the pocket, was able to escape when things broke down, and made good reads down the field. He looked so much better than he did last week and it seems like he’s poised to have another great year in Kansas City.

RYAN SUCCOP - The Chiefs coaching staff showed a lot of confidence in Succop when they lined him up for a 54 yard field goal attempt on the opening drive of the game. Succop is in direct competition with rookie Cairo Santos so he needs to maximize all the chances he gets. Succop not only made the field goal, he drilled it with room to spare. You’re lead to think that the Chiefs would rather roll with their veteran kicker if they can so Succop making that field goal was huge.

DWAYNE BOWE - Finally, we got to see what everyone has been talking about since OTA’s concerning Dwayne Bowe. He had 5 receptions for 62 yards, including a 21 yard reception on third down and finished with an average of 12.4 yards per catch. He was wide open several times and seemed to be Smiths favorite target in the first half. Too bad he’s suspended week one but, Bowe is in shape and looks like he could have another big season for the Chiefs in 2014.

TRAVIS KELCE - Just like last week, Kelce got wide open up the seams and took a beautiful pass in the end zone for a touchdown. This week, he finished with 4 receptions for 62 yards and 43 yard touchdown catch. This guy should make every Chiefs fan excited, as he will be a huge factor for the Chiefs this season if he can stay healthy. His ability to out run defensive backs is impressive and you combine that with his size, watch out!

JOE MAYS/CHRIS OWENS - Joe Mays was all over the field for the second straight week. The guy plays with a ferocious attitude and looks to be a great fit right next to Derrick Johnson. Mays accounted for 3 tackles and one sack in last nights game. I really like what he brings to the table. Chris Owens also had a decent game from the defensive back field. He showed great speed as a blitzing corner, something Bob Sutton emphasizes a lot in his defensive scheme. Owens was in Cam Newtons face every time he blitzed and was able to force him from the pocket. Owens could be a very valuable inside corner back option for the Chiefs. 

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