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Chiefs Get Crushed By Falcons 40-24


The Kansas City Chiefs started out with plenty of fight but injuries to their defense proved to be too devastating to overcome.

The KC offense came out on fire but so did Atlanta’s. Neither team punted in the first half and KC fans were feeling pretty good when the Chiefs went into the half trailing by only three.

But the second half was not as pleasant as the first. The KC offense got the ball and drove down field for a FG try to tie the game. Ryan Succop’s kick bounced off the upright and it was all down hill from there.

The KC defense simply couldn’t stop Atlanta’s receivers and eventually the KC offense buckled, turning over the ball multiple times. From there, the rout was on.

There is going to be a lot of overreacting and panic after this game. People will say Romeo Crennel needs a defensive coordinator and Scott Pioli will be raked over the coals for allowing Brandon Carr to leave for Dallas.

The fact of the matter is, the Chiefs were out-matched, playing a Super Bowl-caliber team in the Atlanta Falcons. They were missing four starters on defense and they simply couldn’t keep up in the track meet.

But the Chiefs showed me enough to still be excited about the 2012 season. I’ve no doubt that when Hali and Flowers return, the defense will settle down, and the offense appears stronger than it has been since Pioli arrived in KC. The Chiefs’ schedule softens significantly down the stretch. If the injuries don’t get them, I anticipate the Chiefs will be in contention at the end of the season.

It’s a long year folks.

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  • Calchiefsfan

    I had said it would take 35 points for the Chiefs to win and that was when I thought that Flowers would be playing. Without Flowers and Hali we really had no chance of stopping a high powered offense like the Falcons.
    I’ll say it again, if we go 2-3 in the first 5 games we will still be in good enough shape to win the division. Our offense showed some good stuff and our D will get healthy.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      I was pleasantly surprised by the offense. They looked great but you can only keep that up for so long with no defensive support.

      Chiefs don’t have enough depth at CB. They have to get Flowers back.

      • http://gplus.to/Tarkus Tarkus

        They don’t have enough depth NOW at CB. Their depth isn’t bad when healthy. When you’re starting your 3rd string guy against one of the best passing offenses in the NFL, you’re going to have problems. No team has unlimited depth.

        • sidibe

          I doubt Jalil Brown would have fared much better.

      • sidibe

        OUR offense can only keep that up so long…Atl’s didn’t have any problem with it.

        There is a lot to be excited about with this team. When I saw Flowers inactive, I knew we were in trouble…we needed both he and DJ in there without Hali and Lewis.

        Am worried about Depth on D. Cassell can’t win an all-out shoot-out. Let’s keep our fingers crossed we’ve seen the worst of our injuries for the season.

        Time for a strong showing against Buf and a little revenge (not in an injury way but in a butt-kicking way).

        • http://gplus.to/Tarkus Tarkus

          Maybe our offense could have kept it up all game, if they had the advantage of going against our own defense.

          • sidibe

            Point taken.

  • PGA GM

    I agree offense is well ahead of anything we saw with Haley…defense was missing 4 starters but powe & Huston looked good and DJ was DJ

  • ChiefsFan7

    We put up a decent showing. The Falcons are easily one of our toughest opponents this season. I think we’ll be alright.

    • KCMikeG

      IF Succop would have made his FG we would have only lost by 2 scores against a top offense with a depleted defense. Getting ONE of those turnovers back could have made the difference.

      • sidibe

        And that killed momentum. No, I think the 77 yrd run back and Succop’s miss were big. We had to play a near perfect game in the other 2 phases of the game to compensate for the injuries, and ST faltered.

    • ArrowFan

      Special team defiantly have something to prove we got owned in that department. I’m tired of our average starting position after we receive a kick off to inside the 20 yard line.

  • Sportsfan101

    The Defense seriously??? Did anyone see the same game that I did?? We need a QB Cassel is not the answer….. He sucks flat out!!!!

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Cassel was great until the Chiefs went down two scores. He fumbled when Albert whiffed on a block. The Falcons scored a TD. After that, Cassel was pressing trying to make up for the defensive deficiencies.

    • Soda pop24

      Your a flat out idiot did you not watch the first half?

      • Soda pop24

        I wanted cassel gone just as much as anyone but he clearly looked improved.

      • Dfrey87

        Dude ur the flat out idiot and must have been watching a different game. He threw for almost 70% like 170 yards and a td in the first half. The first int was Moeakis fault the ball hit him in his hands then his helmet then like paddy stated the fumble was cuz of a missed block. U need to be replaced on here with someone intelligent asap

        • Sportsfan101

          Seriously idiot??? And you are a idiot if you don’t think that Cassel needs replaced you’re looking for reasons to make up for his screw up.. Please explain to me why he would try and throw pass across his body then.. All of these Cassel nut riders who refuse to accept that he sucks.. We need a better QB dumbass..

          • KCMikeG

            Might want to clam it and go back and watch the game tape. ONE bad play – the 2nd int. Otherwise Cassel was toe-to-toe with Ryan into the 3rd quarter. Ryan only had 41 yards more than Cassel.
            Cassel lead the team and threw well (63% completion w/o the 4 drops 75%! WTF do you want?) including an OVER 20 yard in the air TD that some on here claim he can’t do – YOU know who you are. He didn’t just throw a TD it was a perfectly positioned laser hitting Boss in the hands at full speed. Add in the scrambles – one for a TD and the perfect touch pass in between 2 leaping defenders to Breaston and most every other completion was on the money.

          • Sportsfan101

            Dude you can ride Cassel nuts all you want he’s had time to develop and he still sucks so please stop making excuses for him and his plays remember when it was the O-line?? No it wasn’t.. It’s the QB and the time in the pocket and him making his reads in which he forgets to do.. He only reads 1 and 5 and that’s it.. Compare the stats all you want be in the end he still sucks and if you look at my post for the last couple of years then you will see this.. I’m just so tired of people making excuses for his poor play even when he was with NE and got pulled out by the coach.. He flat out sucks case and point.. If you believe in Cassel don’t you think that he could do better than 63% especially with the time that he’s already had as the QB? Seriously man wake up?? Please????

  • Sportsfan101

    Any Defense can only stay on the field for so long before they start getting tired.. Cassel kept them on the field.. Or is he still the answer?? He needs to be replaced asap…

  • tm1946

    If I did not believe in moral victories, I would if I chose to believe 10% of the crap witten below.
    Toss out the game film, forget the butt kicking but next sunday the Chiefs have to get a win. With every loss the black clouds get bigger.
    Come on, please stand up if you think Cassel can play a full season like the first half, hell, he did not last one game. Stand up, if you think the defense is going to stop someone offense (hint – they did not in preseason, did not in this game and may not for some time in the future). Now look around anyone standing within your eyesight, if so get them on their meds.

    • Chief Hokie

      LOL

  • KC-sports-fan

    I’m not going to lie I was pissed gonzalez slammed that ball, that was unnecessary and I don’t expect him to get as happy of a greeting when he returns after retirement. We got no pressure on Ryan. I’m not buying this but there good against the run excuse, I think dorsey and Jackson suck and need to be replaced. Our blitzes rarely got there, all and all we had a terrible defensive gameplan, even with the injuries that was way to easy. Not a good start for Crennel if he can’t dial up some ways to get to the QB then maybe we need a full-time D coordinator. Ryan was way to comfortable and our pass rush was laughable. Ryan also was able to tuck it and run whenever because our linemen were getting there ass kicked so bad. We need to step it up next week or this season could end quickly.

    • KC-sports-fan22

      I also don’t understand all of the CB comments, did you see how long he had to throw, nobody could cover Julio and White for that long. They could suck but you can’t judge because nobody was close to Ryan. This game was on our D-line and Crennel for not finding some blitzes to get there.

      • ArrowFan

        How WR screen passes did Atlanta run effectively? They where schooling our CB.

    • TAZMOSIS

      Agree about Crennel. No way does he need to be the DC/HC. He was quoted as saying that the reason he is the DC is that “I am a ball coach.” Good, then maybe we need to get a head coach. Even as undermanned as the defense was, he should have had them ready against what he had to know was coming at him. One more thought. Cassel showed his immaturity in the second half. When things started going badly, instead of sucking it up and leading this team, he caved and had three turnovers……nearly all by himself. I know that Moeaki had one tipped, but the other two were on Cassel. That is not what veteran starting QBs do. If this team doesn’t get it together before they get to Buffalo, this is going to go in the tank.

      • KCMikeG

        Wrong on the fumble it was ALL Albert getting beat badly on his blindside and he still almost got it off. ONLY thing Cassel did wrong all day was the 2nd INT he threw back across the field.

  • BDAtlanta

    How about a warm welcome for Stanford Routt!!
    Thanks for taking him off our hands…

  • big chief

    Well there are a couple fair weather fans doing what they do best here but I’m glad to see most of us don’t think the sky is falling. Putting this on Cassel is ignorant. His only bad mistake was the second int. The first hit the receiver in the numbers and the fumble would have happened to any other qb hit while he tried to throw. We need Flowers, Hali, Toribio and Lewis back period. They will be fine.

    • KCMikeG

      Couldn’t be more right! Ignorant. Not sure why fans want to hate on him when it clearly wasn’t him today. The throw across the field for Int #2 was a bad idea but other than that Cassel played great. The fumble was all on Albert getting smoked and not only should Moeaki have caught the 1st pick but there was blatant pass interference by the LB – watch the tape he grabs Mo by the right arm and then comes right up his back. Cassel lead the team and threw well (63% completion w/o the 4 drops 75%! WTF do you want?) including an OVER 20 yard in the air TD that some on here claim he can’t do – YOU know who you are. He didn’t just throw a TD it was a perfectly positioned laser hitting Boss in the hands at full speed. Add in the scrambles – one for a TD and the perfect touch pass in between 2 leaping defenders to Breaston and most every other completion was on the money.
      Bowe is getting up to 100%, Charles, McCluster, Houston, Moeaki, Boss and our OL all look great.
      If you fans want something to bitch about already – can’t believe it some “fans” are even writing off the season and talking draft picks on 810 radio post game. Attacking Cassel and Pioli. Made me fucking sick. Seriously WTF do people want to just rip up every shred of hope for the entire year after ONE game? We were playing a likely Super Bowl team and we went toe to toe the entire 1st half would have tied it in the 3rd quarter if Succop hadn’t failed. There something to be pissed and worried about Succop. He is terribly inaccurate from 45+ and had responsibility for our playoff hope killing two blocked FG’s last year week #16.
      We did this while turning over the ball THREE times in our own end of the field plus ST’s also setting them up with a short field in the 2nd quarter AND without our best pass rusher which gave Ryan the time, our best cover corner which forced us to play too much zone without our starting FS. Still doing a nice job vs the run (Poe is going to deliver sooner). Add in we also had DJ at less than 100% and went w/o our promising you pass rusher in Bailey and our starting NT in Toribio. Otherwise when we get them back our defense will be fine.
      If Flowers has a bigger problem than we been told then there is something to worry about. I think we need to sign someone immediately as Brown & Reeves don’t appear up to the task. Thank goodness we don’t have to worry about Hali as Studie/Jones/Sheffield were invisible out there. How about we add Henderson at ILB but not sure who at CB or OLB.
      IF you really want something to to play Chicken Little with then focus on why Daboll ran on 1st down EVERY time but 3 times even though we were down 23 points?? That’s why the run game diminished. Worry about why Baldwin was shut out? And why we didn’t see any formations using both Hillis (disappointing) and Charles (Pro Bowl bound) or the 3RB one adding Dexter (Super Star). Why?
      I know ATL has an explosive offense but again if you want something to blow out of proportion then why wasn’t RAC able to make the adjustments to slow them down in the 2nd half?
      THANKS PADDY for being the calm voice of reason. Too help us recover we have the Bills next week who got whooped worse than we did – down 20 by the half. Don’t panic. Take a deep breath and hold on tight we have a long season ahead.

      • mg2098

        I laugh when I read post supporting Matt Cassel. The humor in it is simply this. Although he can hit a receiver in stride from time to time, or place a perfect ball over the middle to a streaking Kevin Boss does not mean he should QB this team. He only is by default. I’ve watched and played plenty of football in my life to say that Cassel’s biggest fault in yesterdays game is that once again when the game falls into his hands his decision making and poise in the pocket folds. He has no sense of what the defense is trying to do to him, and he has zero pre snap reads. He is missing the main intangibles of what makes up a good or even great QB. For example did you watch the Broncos game? I watched Big Ben and Manning both makes checks and audibles at the line to put their offense in the best possible situations so that the plays called would always net positive yards. They were able to read for oncoming blitzes and check to the hot route or change the play entirely. Matt Cassel after four years of starting in this league is still a robot or game manger if you will, and will never posses even a fragment of elite QB qualities. When you have this much talent at the skilled positions there is no reason why Cassel shouldn’t be successful. Another thing that he struggles with is his progressions in the passing game. Their is a big reason why DMC is always the leading receiver, and its not cause he is our number one target. He teleports his passes which was a main reason he and the offense struggled in the second half. His trowing motion is that of a major league pitcher. A slow wind up and a pitch making it easy for defenders to see where he wants to go. All these flaws in his game is the reason why this Chiefs offense will never take flight and is the main reason why Cassel’s performances are always very inconstant. He had a solid running game in the first half, but when the Falcons shut it down in the second Cassel was unable to adapt a carry this team with his arm. People can talk about how the D cost us that game, but I do recall Cassel leaving them on the field much of the second half, and on the bad side of the field. Two picks and a fumble made it easy for Atlanta to run away with this game, and Cassel is easily to blame. Did Trent Green waiver because his D sucked? No he matched tit for tat opposing O’s. So to blame the D in this one is insane. Cassel cant continue to put them on the field the entire second half and expect them to hold. Especially O’s like Atlanta. Until we get a QB that can do all the things Cassel lacks our O and this team will consistently be inconsistent.

        • mg2098

          And if we lost because Atlanta’s a potential Super Bowl team then I guess that makes us almost a playoff team. Some things never change. Don’t get me wrong I love our Chiefs, but its the same song just a different year. If we don’t address the QB situation in the 2013 draft then your looking at another year of more of the same and with all our star players windows closing Pioli would be a fool to let that happen.

          • Sportsfan101

            Agreed!!!!

        • Sportsfan101

          Thank you!! You really understand what I’ve been saying about Cassel for the last 3 years and also about expecting the defense to hold up even after being on the field for so long.. I don’t understand why these Cassel supporters won’t except the truth.. Again I thank you my friend…. I’m sorry for my improper words yesterday to those who keep making excuses for Cassel’s screwups..

  • Ewan the Chiefs Fan

    Hey Castle bashers, no one here thinks he is Matt Ryan. All of us would love to have a great franchise qb. Who is it? I am all in on drafting a qb in round 1 next year but until then he is who we have. If the defense holds we can win games with castle. He will not lead us from behind. He will make mistakes. He and the o did put up 24 points and that is something. Season is a long way from over.

    • KCMikeG

      Actually Cassel repeatedly lead us back from behind tied game at 10 & 17 and if Succop hadn’t missed his kick we would have been tied at 20 in the 3rd quarter. Cassel isn’t the problem.

  • Danny W

    Cassel looked really good in the first half and that was encouraging. The missed fumble wasn’t his fault and neither was the first pick. The next one he threw was a bad decision and he threw another that was dropped that left me scratching my head because I thought Tyler Thigpen was throwing the ball for us again. Crennel I think would be wise to switch from the two gap scheme to more of a bull rush scheme like they use in Baltimore but what do I know? Over all I was pretty pleased with the showing today because I didn’t expect a win with all the injuries we had. I feel like we can do better against Buffalo.

  • KC_Fanactic69

    We saw a MUCH improved offense today, particularly Matt Cassel & Dexter ClUster. Our Offensive Line is much farther along than it has any right to be with 2 new starters and will only get better. If Matt continues to play like he did today we will easily win the AFC West, but only if we get our defense back to some state of health.

    Missing our BOTH #1 &#3 CB, #1 Pass Rusher, along with both our Starting Free Safety and Nose Tackle (Poe & Powe both played well for the most part) put us at a great disadvantage. On top of that, Succop missed game tying FG early in the 2nd half after another long, Cassel led drive with was clearly the turning point in the game.

    It’s WAY too early to throw in the towel on this season. This team will be ok and I still believe we will be in the Playoffs come January as the AFC West Champions!

  • Chief Hokie

    Aside from our lack of pass rush, which I’m not as worried about since we’re getting Hali back, our main concern is our lack of secondary depth. We shouldn’t have gotten rid of Brandon Carr. I know it would have been expensive but I would take Carr, Flowers, AND Routt over Jackson/Dorsey any day. So much has been said about Jackson and Dorsey’s run stopping ability, and yet we were ranked 26th last season in rushing yards allowed. Say what you will, but with the extra cap space we have and the homegrown talent that we had in Carr, Pioli made a big mistake in letting him go. This is a passing league and we need all the elite DB’s we can get our hands on.

    • Chief Hokie

      By the way I thought our offense looked great! We were very fluid and kept the ball moving. No punts in the first half?! Hell yea, I didn’t see that one coming. Moeaki needs to work on those drops but DMC looked great and Charles is back in full swing. I thought Cassel looked the best he’s ever looked in the first half, and I’m willing to chalk up (for now) Cassel’s mistakes in the second half on the flat out failure of the defense to stop Matt Ryan’s passing attack. One positive takeaway here: I started Matt Ryan in my fantasy league this week. =)

  • ArrowFan

    Our Best Trent Green lead Offense would not have won that game yesterday. Remember we lost a couple of playoff games that looked almost just like that Defensibly

  • big chief

    Well there are a couple fair weather fans doing what they do best here but I’m glad to see most of us don’t think the sky is falling. Putting this on Cassel is ignorant. His only bad mistake was the second int. The first hit the receiver in the numbers and the fumble would have happened to any other qb hit while he tried to throw. We need Flowers, Hali, Toribio and Lewis back period. They will be fine.

    • Sportsfan101

      OMG!!!!! Defense Really??? And the pass across the body something every QB is taught not to do that was fine too?? Yeah well be fine with another good QB.. Another Cassel supporter… My god man what is Cassel to you the second coming of the lord. He suck man it’s ok to accept it.. It’ll will be alright..