The Chiefs and Steelers are currently squaring off in Pittsburg for preseason game No. 3 of the 2013 season.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to watch a football game like the editor for Arrowhead Addict?
You probably haven’t, but just incase you have, here are my notes and analysis for every series in the first half.
-Special teams can truly swing momentum, and it looks like the Chiefs dodged a proverbial bullet.
Offensive Series No. 1:
-Donnie Avery gets the first two targets and two catches Nice throws from Smith. I have a feeling those were scripted plays, get Avery some touches.
-Oh hey, how awesome is it to see Jamaal Charles gashing the defense? Nice hole there, but also a great run from Charles.
-And he was tackled in the backfield the very next play…
-DWAYNE BOWE GOT HIS FIRST CATCH. Celebrate good times, come ‘on.
-Smith starts off 3-for-3. Remember when I said that we’ll see the real Alex Smith tonight? See how he responds to last week and how he bounces back? 3-for-3 is a small sign, but a good sign.
Defensive Series No. 1:
-Sean Smith simply got outrun and beat deep. Great throw by Big Ben in the face of pressure from Hali.
-Mike DeVito is a big dude. The broadcast is calling him a “lunch pail guy”.
-After a big play on the first drive, once again, the defense plays big and keeps Pittsburgh to just a field goal. Like seeing that kind of resiliency on defense.
Offensive Series No. 2:
-Jamaal Charles in for series No. 2. I, for one, am a bit surprised, but I like the confidence in Charles by Reid.
-Avery with another reception. Are we seeing the emergence of a No. 2 WR?
-Third and one, go to Charles. He keeps moving and churning his feet after contact. Picks up extra yards, brings up fourth and short.
-Great to see Reid going for it, again. Preseason football, baby.
-And Troy Polamalu gets some incredible penetration into the backfield there. Shot the gap and made a big play. That’s why he’s a star in the NFL.
Defensive Series No. 2:
-Sean Smith has great length as a cornerback. Really like what he brings to the defense.
-Jeez, Roethlisberger just makes plays out there. Fun to see one of the best quarterbacks in the league playing football.
-Derrick Johnson with a great sack.
-Roethlisberger makes a great play avoiding the rush and setting up that touchdown pass. Hali almost got a sack here, but he lost outside leverage in the process. Big Ben scrambles and finds a wide open Steeler walking into the end zone.
-Sometimes you just have to shake your head at the plays a talented football player makes. Nothing you can do…
Offensive Series No. 3:
-Junior Hemingway lets a bubble pass go right through his hands. It was a high throw, but you’ve got to make that catch.
-Charles tripped over his own feet. Wonder if that had to do with the time he missed in the past week or two?
-Three and out. Punting from the end zone. Awesome series.
Defensive Series No. 3:
-Dontari Poe making tackles out on the edges. He’s going to be a star this year. Mark. My. Words.
-Eric Berry calls playing inside the box being “inside the paint”. That’s simply awesome.
-Roethlisberger is soo good throwing on the run. To bad his teammates chop block (it wasn’t a chop block).
-Pittsburgh going with draws and roll outs right now. Wonder if they’re trying to negate the Chiefs’ aggressiveness?
Offensive Series No. 4:
-Charles is still out there. Safe to say we can put the injury concerns to rest now.
-Avery with his fourth catch of the night. We may have a No. 2 wide receiver folks.
-Smith looking sharp. Bowe getting involved in the offense (guarantee you it’s because Avery is catching passes). Good stuff right now.
-Pass protection much better today.
-Junior Hemingway apparently has butter on his hands.
-Knile Davis in the game now. Wonder if this means Charles is done?
-Avery with another catch.
-Lots of good things on this drive, but it still ends in a punt. It’s only preseason, but in the regular season, that would be considered a loss.
Defensive Series No. 4:
-Tyson Jackson is having a good game today. Making some good plays in the run game.
-The secondary has not been all that impressive so far. Getting beat for some big gains.
-Blocked field goal. This group is going to really change some games. Tysyn Hartman makes his second big play of the preseason.
Offensive Series No. 5:
-Alex Smith can run ladies and gentlemen. That’s an X-factor that he brings to the position. Also, that wasn’t a late hit. Anthony Fasano blocked the Steelers’ player into Smith.
-Can’t get a touchdown when you’re basically handed a first and goal? That’s unacceptable, even in the preseason.
Defensive Series No. 5:
-Ben Roethlisberger looks like he’s playing 7-on-7 out there in regard to the passing game.
-Tysyn Hartman makes another big play on the blitz. He should be on the roster when all is said and done. Really standing out this preseason.
-Defense does a great job getting the ball back to the offense with just over a minute left. One timeout.
Offensive Series No 6:
-DWAYNE BOWE HAS CAUGHT HIS THIRD RECEPTION. Celebrate good times come-on.
-Anthony Fasano is going to be a great target for the Chiefs in 2013. Really like the matchups he’ll present at tight end for Smith.
-Smith took a HUGE hit on the bootleg. Gets right back up. That’s good stuff right there folks. That’s how a quarterback earns the respect of his teammates and becomes a leader.
-Smith 4-for-4 on this drive. Impressive.
-Dwayne Bowe makings plays tonight. Very impressed by the two-minute offense here.
-Touchdown Chiefs. Can’t ask for more, Addicts.