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Chiefs vs. Steelers Recap: Earning Their Arrowheads

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The Chiefs beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-20 last Saturday night, and it was done it epic fashion.

Yes, a preseason game can be considered epic, especially when that preseason game goes into overtime.

Chase Daniel led the Chiefs down the field to score a touchdown on the first drive of overtime, and Kansas City left Pittsburgh with its first win of the 2013 preseason.

It was a big moment for the Chiefs as a unit, but it wasn’t Kansas City’s only big moment that game. Throughout the course of the game there were some big plays made, and some very important players stepped up.

Here are the three Arrowheads that will be awarded by us here at Arrowhead Addict.


Arrowhead #3: Chase Daniel, QB

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Chase Daniel had himself a nice night, which is all you can ask for as a backup in the preseason. He led the Chiefs downfield in overtime and won the game by hitting a wide open Rico Richardson in the corner of the end zone.

Overall, Daniel went 14-of-24 for 158 yards and one touchdown.


Arrowhead #2: Knile Davis, RB

Knile Davis looks like he’s going to be a good No. 2 running back for Kansas City. He also looks like he’s starting to get into the swing of things in regard to returning kicks. Davis returned two kicks, and took one 109 yards to the house. He finished with 129 total kick return yards on the night, averaging 64.5 yards per return.

He did have one fumble vs. the Steelers, but that return more than made up for it.

Note: This is the second week in a row Davis has earned an Arrowhead.


Arrowhead #1: Alex Smith, QB

Alex Smith deserves this Arrowhead simply because he took huge hit from Troy Polamalu and bounced right back up as if nothing happened. That’s called being a leader as a quarterback, and that’s the moment I’ll personally remember from this 2013 preseason.

Oh, Smith also went 17-of-24 for 158 yards and a touchdown. He also notched a 38 yard run, so there’s that.

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  • Jason Seibel

    Yes, there’s that. Taking a hit from Polumalu (an illegal one at that) is nothing to balk at. Especially when you consider the history Smith has had with concussions. I was impressed.

    • steve james

      It has me worried that last part. I think you will see Daniels start this year, most especially if the online doesn’t continue todevelop together. Everyone seems high on Daniels. I see a quarterback who was nervous, had more passes sail on him than he should have & some bad decisions. He did settle down at the end & closed the deal so I am high on that. Hopeing he continues to improve next game assuming he plays a quarter.

      • Calchiefsfan

        I think the normal scenario is for Smith to play one series, Daniels to play the rest of the half and then let Bray get some experience.
        After Daniels performance Saturday I feel a lot better about him. I’m chalking it up to everyone learning Reid’s system and getting the timing down etc.
        I’m with you on the o line, they really need to steadily improve and get their assignments and execution down. Hudson could be the key to it all. Lucky for us we play the Jags and Cowboys the first 2 games. Both are very winnable, (actually we should win those games if we expect to be competitive this year).

  • Calchiefsfan

    Don’t forget D Bowe, 6 catches for 73 yards in the first half is pretty awesome. Especially since there had been no wide receiver play to speak of up until that point.

    You know it appears that Reid had the offense doing different things in each game. Check downs to the TEs and running backs against NO, Trying to get Baldwin involved against SF and finally the WR’s/Bowe against the Steelers. It will be interesting to see the whole offense unleashed against the Jags.

    • PunjabiPete

      I know, right? I was just turning to my wife to say “does Smith know we have a wideout not named Donnie A-” oh, nevermind.

      • Calchiefsfan

        Smith to Bowe could turn out to be pretty sweet this year if Saturday night’s game is any indication. If Avery and McCluster can take some of the heat off of Bowe he could have his best year yet.

    • Jared Watson

      I’m really hoping this offense and Andy Reid don’t so caught up in the passing game that they forget they have no. 25 in the backfield ever ready to run with it. If there is one thing that will frustrate me this year it will be just that, by far.

      • Calchiefsfan

        This is pure speculation but I get the feeling that Reid knows what he has in Jamaal and didn’t feel he had to show much of it in the preseason. I’m thinking that there is a lot in this offense we haven’t seen yet, at least I hope so! Personally, I’m expecting Charles to have another 1500 yard rushing season.

        • Jared Watson

          I agree, the offense will show all their cards starting in Jax. I want to see JC still get around 17/18 carries a game. Don’t know how feasible that will be with the style of offense we will be running and with JC playing a larger part in the pass game. We will see.

          • Troy Utt

            Jared… See my post to Calchiefsfan, I replied to you both…

        • Troy Utt

          I believe you are very correct in your assumption… In just the time I spent at camp it was very obvious that JC was a very integral part of the offense! Not only running out of the backfield, but I was also surprised how often I saw him lined up as a wide-out… When he is wide open in real-estate… MAN! Granted at times he was lined up as such in an effort to get the ball to Davis, none-the-less, we are no worse for having done it. IMO we have been running a vanilla offense, & base defense thru-out the pre-season, playing it safe yet not showing our hand. As far as giving out Arrowheads for game changer’s -vs- PITT, as well getting to the bottom of the roster where we now must make cuts… I tip my hat & say give an Arrowhead to T. Hartman, his effort & ability should scare the (some of the) others!
          Whether he makes the roster or not, they should be thankful the position was so deep! As always… WAR CHIEFS!!!

      • Jim Harper

        It is all about touches that Jamaal gets. It matters not whether that comes from the pass or a handoff. His total number of touches will go up and he is going to be a defensive nightmare.

    • mnelson52

      Avery also had 6 catches.

      • Calchiefsfan

        Absolutely! Looks like we have our #2 WR.

  • chief4ever

    No idea how many games we will win, but THESE GUYS know what they are doing ! We will be proud of this team and how we play all year. Hard to give just a few Arowheads. Daniels, Hemmingway,Abdullah, Poe , Jackson,Derrick etc etc….it would be easy to give all the team an Arrowhead for this game. NO FEAR ! Go Chiefs

  • ArrowFan

    If you watch closely there is still evidence that the entire team ins’t on the same page on every play. I saw minor things but I did see them non the less. The type of things I saw are to be expected with the lack of experience this team has with one another and the system. I’m confident that when it counts, that most of it will be taken care of. But this team is not going to playing it’s best out of the gate. But come the end of the year they should be running on all cylinders and should be a very tough team if not a playoff caliber one.