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Chiefs vs. 49ers Stats: Breaking Down Kansas City's Numbers


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The least important stat to come out of the Kansas City Chiefs’ preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers is the score. For the record, the Chiefs lost 15-13.

49ers quarterback B.J. Daniels was able to lead a drive, down four points, against the Chiefs’ backups, and that culminated in a touchdown with just over two minutes left.

Again, those aren’t the stats that matter though.

What matters the most is how the first team looked on both sides of the ball, and really how the team played overall.

Preseason games don’t mean anything, but they can give you a look at what a team is doing well, and what a team needs to continue working on.

The same thing can be said for statistics. Here are some of the numbers from tonight’s game, per ESPN.com, and what they mean:

Let’s start with the quarterback.

 

Alex Smith: 7-of-16 passing for 62 yards, 3.9 average.

By the numbers, Smith did not have a good night. I could have told you that from just watching the game, but the numbers back it up as well. He did make a few accurate throws but they were mostly to the Anthony Fasano or Knile Davis. Running backs and tight ends? The “Captain Checkdown” nickname lives on for another week.

 

Knile Davis: 10 carries for 37 yards. 3.7 average long of 9.

Davis actually looked a lot better than these numbers indicate. He picked up a huge first down on a fourth down run, which came during the first drive mind you. He also displayed good patience and vision. He looked like a capable No. 2 running back.

 

Dexter McCluster: 1 reception for nine yards.

If Kansas City wants to have success in 2013, Andy Reid and his staff are going to have to find ways to get McCluster involved in the offense. This isn’t good enough, even for just one half.

 

Dwayne Bowe: 0 receptions, 1 target.

Unacceptable.

 

Jon Baldwin: 0 receptions, 3 targets. 

 

Sean Smith: 1 interception

Sean Smith looks like he can be a real game-changer for the Chiefs’ defense. He’s a big, lanky, physical corner who can make plays.

 

Dontari Poe: 4 tackles, 2 tackles for loss

For a nose tackle playing half of the game? Those are great numbers. Poe is a star.

 

Quintin Demps: 2 kick returns, 132 yards, long of 104 yards, 1 touchdown

Devon Wylie: 2 kick returns, 47 yards, long of 30 yards, 2 punt returns, 61 yards, long of 52.

Chiefs’ Kick Return: 5 returns for 204 yards and one touchdown

Chiefs’ Punt Return: 5 returns for 61 yards.

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The numbers speak for themselves here. Even with a punt blocked, Kansas City’s special teams has the chance to be great. This is an exciting unit.

 

Offensive overview: 12 first downs, 170 total yards, 2.8 yards per play, 98 yards passing.

This just won’t cut it, even for the preseason. Coach Reid has made his name as an offensive-minded coach, but we didn’t see it against the 49ers. Notice the 98 yards passing and 2.8 yards per play.

I’m not sure which stat is worse.

 

Turnovers: 0

This is a great stat, especially in the preseason.

 

Preseason Record: 0-2

This means nothing so don’t fixate on it. I’d worry more about those offensive numbers, and especially the lack of a passing game.

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  • Pealvin

    I like what I saw. AS11 looked nervous about facing his old team. D was solid. Dontari, Jackson and Devito were stuffing holes and the JH was coming hard off the edge. Kniles looked good and so did Nico, he was everywhere! Sean Smith, Flowers and the rest of the group also looked good. Berry showed good coverage and great burst on a tfl. We have two more games to get ready for Jacksonville. I believe we’ll be ready.

    • Justin R Groth

      What game were you watching?

      • micah stephenson

        Lol.

      • Calchiefsfan

        The game where a team that went 2-14 last year held their own against one of the top 3 teams in the NFL. Justin, did you really expect the Chiefs to roll over arguably the best D in the NFL? Yes the Chiefs have a long way to go but at this pace we are going to have a good first half of the season based on the caliber of teams they will be facing. We’ll struggle against the elite defenses, cream the teams like Jacksonville and beat the average teams based on the play of our D and special teams. I’m not ready to mail it in quite yet.

        • Justin R Groth

          No but I expected Alex to know how to read a D that he practiced against for years. Also I would expect him to understand how to set up his blitz pick ups. Cal I like you however nothing I saw from the O gave me much to be exited about. It honestly looked like the 2-14 that I saw last year. No I hope we are not that bad and I am planning on waiting till the regular season. However I want a AT LEAST decent team, not one where the only time I think they will win is against JACKSONVILLE. Special teams did very well, our D did well however any 1st team O’s minus the stars makes a big difference. So this game in my mind is a loss, because Alex looked like Cassel, The D should have given up a TD except for a bad throw by Keap.

          • Calchiefsfan

            Keap looked like Cassel on that throw, (sorry I had to throw that in there). lol. This team does need a lot of work but I just think the Smith/Cassel comparisons are getting a little carried away. I’ve watched a lot of tape on both and Smith is way more talented than Cassel. Honestly, I don’t think Cassel is nearly as bad as the wrap he got last year. With a good OC, (Weiss), he played okay. Then again, think of all the times Cassel missed wide open receivers or threw it behind them negating any chance of YAC. If Bowe was covered then it was panic time, even with no pressure!

            The Chiefs o line got owned last night by the best front 7 in the NFL. Given a little more time Smith will find the open man and hit him in stride. As I said above, from my perspective right now we’ll cream the bad teams, beat the average teams and struggle against the better D’s this year. San Francisco showed us that. But it also seems that our special teams just might make us competitive against the top teams as well. They are looking unbelievable so far.

            Pittsburgh is the next test. Can’t wait. Maybe we’ll actually have a Bowe sighting! Plus I’m fine with letting Charles rest again or at least play only 1 series and let Davis get the rest of the snaps. Charles not being there last night affected us but it wasn’t the main reason we crapped out. I’m putting most of the blame on our o line.

          • Justin R Groth

            Funny thing is we agree about Smith> Cassel and Cassel> what he did last year. However when I say Smith had a Cassel moment I am referring to last year. One good example of this was at the end of the half Smith took a sack instead of dropping it off to the fullback wide open in the flats that at the angle of the camera seemed to be open. Also there were a few plays where alex stepped up into the pocket and ALMOST pulled the trigger. I would almost be happy with a few forced passes to bowe right now.

          • Calchiefsfan

            I saw those. Where I’m coming from is that Smith will eventually make those plays as he continues to get more comfortable with this offense and our o line gets it together. Where as Cassel was much more limited.

          • Justin R Groth

            oh and the Keap looked like Cassel statement was funny but I think Cassel couldn’t of over thrown that ball he would have underthrew it into robinson’s hands

          • Calchiefsfan

            You’re right, what was I thinking? When there was potential for a turnover our QB’s last year found a way to get it done!

          • Justin R Groth

            Sad but true.

    • Suzi Conger

      agree with you Pealvin

  • Deaudrey Dre-Mac MacDonald

    A lot of play was left on the field…the defense besides the Frank Gore play looks like it will be special… Offense still looks weak in certain area’s without Jamaal Charles!! Shaun Droughn needs to be cut..

    • 44WinMag

      They took their starters out after the first drive, we kept ours in there the whole 1st half. There’s no putting lip stick on this pig.

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

      Yeah, sorry but the defense had a bad day vs. SF starters. It is a small sample size so I am not freaking out but they should have gave up a TD. They surrendered a big run and then Robinson got smoked. Kaep overthrew the receiver but most decent NFL QBs are going to hit that every time for 6.

      The D was very good against the SF scrub QB unit but that doesn’t tell us a whole lot. The SF backup QBs are about as bad as the Chiefs’ backup QBs.

      It just wasn’t a good night for the Chiefs on offense or defense. Special teams was great, save the block.

      • micah stephenson

        I’m glad you said it and not me. Dont keep it TOO real now. They can’t handle the truth.

        • berttheclock

          Oh, please do tell us how Geno is really lighting up the Jets, Micah, please do tell. You have such insight into the game. Anyone who posts that top offensive linemen are “boring” really really really understands the game, eh?

          • micah stephenson

            Bills 1st rd pk E J.Manual went 10/12 92 yrd and a td. Geno sprained his foot so I’m not sure if he is starting tonight. But can you name any of the jets wrs or olinemen. Jets are a mess.

          • Suzi Conger

            stop making excuses for ‘kool-aid geno’… o poor baby, he sprained his footie lol
            ps…he has played since…horribly CHIEFS!

          • micah stephenson

            Albert and Winston or Stephenson wud b dam good OTs if you had a real good QB. Forgive me for feeling like you get a QB 1st THEN a Olinemen to proctect him not a bunch of olinemen then a QB some day/yr/decade/its been 20 yrs sinse we drafted 1.

          • Suzi Conger

            words of wisdom

  • Joe Myers

    Ok I expected this much . We all know early in the year the defense allways have the edge . Its clear the off still needs to click and baldwin has a short two games to get it together . I can see him playing in the sec and third string . Realy we just need the off to click withc will come in time just wait chiefs fans !!!!

  • 44WinMag

    I just watched the 1st half, don’t think I can stomach the 2nd. Was that Matt Smith or Alex Cassel out there playing QB…………I forget which??????????

    • micah stephenson

      I been saying it all summer. You put Alex Smith on the Chiefs and he will look like Cassel. You put Cassel on the Patriots or 49s and he will look good.

      • Danny W

        I agree with a lot of what you come up with but Matt Cassel isn’t good dude. He just doesn’t have it.

  • Caleb Wylie

    I liked what I saw on defense, it seems to be a top ten unit, I liked what Knile did he played wanting to earn that second rb spot, special teams look amazing, but AS had a regress and so the offense in general, this has to change NOW

  • BWrangler

    Dropped. Passes. These are what will kill this team as the season goes on.Too many Dropped. Passes.

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

      I counted 3 drops for for Smith. They hurt, for sure, but the offense still played like crap. They couldn’t move the ball against SF’s #2 defense and that is discouraging.

      • micah stephenson

        Bowe, Baldwin, Avery have a combine 0 catches now that’s even more discouraging.

  • BWrangler

    Also, picks thrown into your hands. Not just once, but twice!!! Yes, you get a stat called a “defensed pass”, but to drop TWO picks!?!? I could’ve caught one and rolled around calling for a life flight!!

  • Doc

    As I read through some of the posts, it raises questions in my mind – all go back to coaching. AS and Bowe connection? Seems to me that is an O- cord responsibility to send in plays to target Bowe. Baldwin needing more throws? Please, he has been in the NFL three years now and dropped passes are unacceptable. So which coach has the man crush on Baldwin to keep him around any longer? I saw pressing in AS with playing his old team. Probably trying too hard to prove he should not have been cut. Albert? Why the man crush with him? He should nothing tonight of being worthy of F-tag, nor big money in the future. Kind of odd no other team was interested in him during FA. Do they see what we refuse to see? The D looked good but if the O can’t score points, the D won’t be able to hold games close forever. Special teams looked better than it has in recent history. Overall I am ok with first team play – after that there is the glaring exposure of no depth if a player goes down. This was obvious on O with no JC in the game. SF had one less player to focus on and our receivers were not helping eithe. It’s a wonder AS made it out alive. Still some work to do as a team, but I would start cutting the deadwood players now. I can see a 5-3 or 6-2 by mid point, but I can also see 3-5 or 2-6 if the O can’t score points. I won’t get to excited about pre-season games because they are about player evaluation to get to the final 53 for the opening bell on Septmber 8th. Go Chiefs!!!

    • steve james

      Your last sentence. Exactly why Bowe was only targeted once. They don’t need to see what he can do. Use the snaps on someone who needs them. Baldwin is only around because of his cap hit if we cut him. He is gone as soon as they can make the numbers work IMHO. One of the biggest busts I can remember. Real shame he
      Looked out of this world good in camp last year.

      • Doc

        I am in agreement with you James. We already know what Bowe is capable of doing, but the OC should have called a play his way more than once, otherwise how does AS develop timing with him? Practice is not real game tempo. Still, it is about evaluating the players in camp to find the most capable to make the final 58 (53 dressed and 5 practice). I am not sold on Daniel as the #2 QB either. IMHO, Bray appears better suited to fill the role. Gray and Droughn, not impressing at all. You can’t miss blocks and let your QB get hit. Blocking is part of the job at RB.

        • Suzi Conger

          good points

      • Justin R Groth

        I agree but disagree with you SJ. We do know what Bowe can do. However when the first team O is on the field there is no excuse for not trying to get the ball to Bowe at least a couple of times. Smith and Bowe need to build on their timing and what better way to get live training to work on said timing.

  • micah stephenson

    I’m not suprised the offense couldn’t move the ball in big chunks. They hav no deep threat wrs and a weak armed QB. Bowe and baldwin are good possesion wrs. Dex got speed but no height. Wylie has speed but no height. Avery decent high ok speed. We shuda drafted a QB and a wr for him to throw to but noone wants to listen to me.

    • 44WinMag

      Amen

    • Danny W

      I’ve been on the draft a quarterback in the first round bandwagon since Joe Montana was taking snaps. I know how you feel. But Smith isn’t horrible yet. He could end up being serviceable. Hopefully so anyway.

      • Justin R Groth

        The problem about what you said is that Smith could be serviceable. You don’t trade two second round picks for serviceable. The thing is there are TONS of people claiming Alex is very good. Servicable is not very good. Servicable is needs replaced with a young star. Servicable means looking at next years draft class for QBs. We have had servicable for years, I want a guy who can WIN the game. I hate how all the excuses I have been hearing for the performance on friday where the same excuses that I heard for Cassel.

  • Jarad

    Im so sick of watching the Checkdown Chiefs. Being a WR on this team has to be one of the most frustrating positions you play in the league. Seats on the Hype train are becoming more and more available. I had a ton of hope for this year, but after the first 2 games, they haven’t proven they can compete passes 10 yards down field. Im more excited to see the D on the field. At least that unit can make plays

    • Vaughn Morris

      I don’t care if they throw a 5 yard screen every play. As long as they move the chains and score points. I would rather have 10 five yards sceens for a TD than one 50 yard bomb.

      • Jarad

        To each their own. And you dont care as long as the chains move and they score points, BUT youd rather have dump offs than a 50 yd bomb?? So ….. you do care. Ha

    • Suzi Conger

      it’s preseason; AS is executing according to Reid’s instructions…Reid has reported this fact many times…

      • Jarad

        2 weeks later, yes things have come to light. But after the last few years the overreaction is warranted. 3rd game was promising

  • Pealvin

    I think at this point it’s ok to struggle a little bit. We need to be ready for the regular season. Some of you really need to calm down. We let our defense and offense get some real reps for the first time. It’s ok if they were off a bit. We will be fine. It’s a marathon not a sprint!

    • Andrew Kulha

      Preseason = Overreaction Season. It’s only natural.

  • obrien5

    Anybody else fell that the reason we didn’t throw the deep ball was because the o line did a horrible job preventing the defense from putting continuous pressure on Alex?i didn’t think he ever had time to set up the deep ball.IMO

    • davethoman

      Absolutely. That and, even if Baldwin is open, why throw to the guy that’s just gonna drop the ball?

      • Justin R Groth

        I’m sorry but he was thrown to three times and only once was it on target. One incomplete because of a trip up one because of a bad throw and one for a drop. Also on that one drop it looked like he was expecting the LB underneath to tip it up, notice that awkward half jump. Baldwin didn’t do so great but most to all the blame falls on the Oline and the QB. And really it’s the QB and the C’s responsibility to call out protections so really it falls on Hudson and Smith. Smith should have read and adjusted the blocking or the WR hot routes, Harbraugh blitzed us and Smith crumbled under pressure.

        • JordanPollock

          Smith did not crumble under pressure. Matt Cassel “crumbles” under pressure. As soon as Cassel feels any sort of pressure his eyes go to the ground and he falls down like a tumbling wall of bricks. Smith trys every way possible to roll out and always has his eyes downfield. Baldwin had two drops. The one he threw right at his hip to protect his body and the one that hit him in the chest. If he thought the LB was going to tip it up then he has some really bad awareness. It was just an awful play by Baldwin.

          • Justin R Groth

            In two plays in a row Smith Locked Loaded and Didn’t Fire. He showed indecision a Matty Nice mentality. The hip toss was to Kelce number 87. So no Baldwin only had one drop, and it was an awful play by Baldwin, however misreading how high the LB could jump is much better than just dropping a pass for no reason.

          • Danny W

            I think my take on Smith is still yet to be determined. He could be pretty serviceable. As of right now he looks avg, to below avg. Could be play calling though. One thing I do know is is that he actually hits his check downs and if hits them in stride. Matt Cassel couldn’t do that. So some upgrade anyway. Not two seconds worth yet IMO but still yet to be determined.

          • Suzi Conger

            agreed, well said

        • Suzi Conger

          According to AReid, the OLine crumbled under SF’s Top NFL defense; the OL did not execute… AS was rated #1 QB in NFL calling ‘blitz picks’ in ’12. AReid (contrary to yourself) stated the QB ‘missed a couple (2) well-hidden blitz’s, but for the most part the OL was over-powered, did not execute, and were out-played’…

          sorry, I believe AReid, nfl break-down film, and game commentators wayyy before your ‘anti-negative-smith ‘ vison and mentality. I have not seen ONE positive comment about our QB from you (or your 3-4 negative buddies)..only inaccurate untruthful statements. It’s interesting that you make excuses for opposing QB’s, but are so critical of Chief’s QB Smith. For example; ck7 has #1 OL QB protection ( = longest time to make plays w/o pressure/sacks/rushes ) , Top 3 D’s in nfl, elite receivers … it is ck7 that crumbles with any pressure; still no TD in pre-season and finished with his typical ‘strong-arm’ RedZone OverThrow to an open receiver,,,but I have faith that you will make excuses for SF’s QB…versus our own QB

      • Suzi Conger

        you’re right,… Besides, Baldwin had more drops from other QB’s in addition to AS

    • Jamie Denton

      In my opinion I have to agree that A. Smith did not have enough time for the deep ball as he was being swarmed by the 49er defense! Especially these so called hidden blitzes where there was a guy coming off the line un-touched by anyone on our O-line. I mean on several occasions there were guys coming off the edge completely un-touched at all with a free shot at the QB and one time the RB did see him and tried to pick him up but totally missed him! Then there was the un-touched man up the middle as well! Bad night for the O-line. And as for the receivers I don’t see them getting a lot of separation from the defender to enable them to be thrown to! But going through Baldwin’s body of work since becoming a Chief I would much rather see Avery at the No. 2 position than Baldwin! Maybe that would get him motivated because nothing else has worked! Also get McCluster more involved as a slot receiver then we have the TE’s and RB’s also. Plus I like Wylie as a WR as well but if he is going to be a return guy they don’t need to wear him out as a WR. But in the end it all boils down to the QB has to have enough time to throw the ball in the pocket, or scramble and set his feet to throw! Once again just my opinion! GO CHIEFS PLAYOFF BOUND IN 2013!!!!!!!

      • Suzi Conger

        Well said

    • Suzi Conger

      You are right about the OL, plus Reid has stated several times that Alex executed what he (AR) told him to do

  • Joe Myers

    We seen what wee needed to see and thats that everyone needs to stay focused . Thier still aalot to learn about this system

  • Justin R Groth

    I’m sorry but anybody who took positives from the O as a whole in this game is looking through rose color glasses. Blaming Baldwin for dropping the one pass, of three thrown to him, is ridiculous unless you also blame Smith for a poor job. Smith did not look like a huge upgrade, Smith did look like Cassel, except Cassel was willing to try to get it to Bowe. Everything done by the D has to be taken with a grain of salt because the 49ers O with out Kaep, Davis, and Gore is not their starting O. If this was a real game and those three were out we would EXPECT to dominate on that side of the ball. Also the only phase game that I am impressed with was the Special Teams. Toub is doing great.

    • micah stephenson

      Truth

    • JordanPollock

      Blaming Smith for a poor job? Of those three targets one was placed precisely at his hip so he wouldn’t be led into the defender and get destroyed. The sideline throw was just a lack of communication, Baldwin looked like he had no idea what was going on. The last throw that hit Baldwin right in the bread basket and fell to the ground on the slant was absolutely terrible. If you think Smith had anything to do with Baldwins numbers last night then you are delusional. Avery will be the starter Week 1.

      • Justin R Groth

        Baldwins three targets were when his feet got tangled up on a fly and Alex over threw him. Then there was the drop with the odd jump, followed by a ridiculous over throw on the sideline.

  • Vaughn Morris

    U guys are banannas. U think Reid is gonna show his cards in the preseason.

    • Andrew Kulha

      That’s a good point. Still, the passes that are thrown need to connect.

      • Vaughn Morris

        If the 3 dropped balls that did connect, were caught, Smith would have completed 10 out of what 17 attempts, and probably over 100 yards and possibly more points. So those dropped balls hurt a lot. Seems like a different team without Jamaal in there. Jamaal really keeps defenses honest.

        • Suzi Conger

          agreed

    • Justin R Groth

      No but i don’t think he will hold back his blitz pick ups and allow smith to be killed in the preseason.

  • thabear04

    We turn the ball over on 4th and down when we could kick a field goal.

  • Danny W

    I’m hoping to see our defense implement a spy with quarterbacks like Cam Newton, Mike Vick, RG3, Kapernick, et al. Colt McCoy gashed our defense on several third and long plays just running threw a prevent type umbrella. I know we tried pressure but we have to have someone fast like Berry maybe watch the QB in case he bolts.