While the Chiefs were able to string together some nice moments playing against the Green Bay backups, the problems that have plagued them throughout the preseason were there. Stupid penalties and fumbles were the chief culprits. in fact, they were more prevalent than ever before.
When the Green Bay starters were in the Chiefs were no match for them. They floundered on offense before Dustin Colquitt turned in a poor punt. The Packers then moved the ball down field quickly for a touchdown. With that, they pulled most of their starters.
Once the Packers took out their good players, the Chiefs saw some success. They were able to move the football a little bit and score some points but they still did not particularly sharp. After Matt Cassel got flattened by a 340 pound Green Bay lineman, the Chiefs pulled the Pro Bowl QB but left the rest of the starters in with Tyler Palko at QB.
Then the fumbling, bumbling Chiefs started turning the ball over. First it was a Charles fumble. Then it was a McCluster fumble. Then Palko threw a pick six.
It all ended on a missed Ryan Succop 56-yard FG. Yes, the Green Bay backups beat (most) of the KC starters.
The fact of the matter is that right now, the Chiefs are awful. You can make all the excuses you want about it only being preseason but the Chiefs aren’t ready for the regular season. The Chiefs are failing on basic fundamental aspects of the game. Delay of game penalties, holding penalties, fumblers and interceptions. Dwayne Bowe is the only receiver that seems to be able to make an impact, despite the addition of Steve Breaston. The running game was ineffective, even when the Chiefs were running Charles and the starters against Green Bay’s second and third string players.
There wee a few bright spots. Matt Cassel was 15/17 for 129 yards and a touchdown when he was in, though much of that success came against reserves. Dwayne Bowe looked sharp. Dexter McCluster, save his fumble, was effective as well.
The Chiefs defense looked soft against the Green Bay starters but tightened up against their backups.
The good news is that the preseason is mercifully over. The bad news is that the Chiefs look to be heading for disaster.