Aug 21, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (19) celebrates with quarterback Alex Smith (11) after catching a touchdown pass against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
The Kansas City Chiefs are perfect through the 2015 preseason, sitting at 2-0 on the year. While this record does not mean much, since the games don’t officially count, it is still nice to see the team start off winning.
What has not been exciting to see is the playing time of the first-team offense.
Overshadowed by quarterback Chase Daniel and the second-team offense, Alex Smith, new weapon Jeremy Maclin and the Chiefs offense have not been much to write home about.
Let’s get this out of the way before we dive in. This indeed, is based off of the limited game time by the first-team starters with key players like running back Jamaal Charles barely playing.
Their offensive line has been dealing with injuries as well. Third-year tackle Eric Fisher, who is under the scrutiny of fans, has been injured. Jeff Allen has also been struggling with an injury that kept him out of the game last Friday against the Seattle Seahawks.
The lack of a solid offensive line has led to opponents to get after Smith, who was sacked 45 times during the 2014 season. While two sacks thus far is not a large number, the fact that he has not had a lot of time in the pocket is an issue.
Smith has also been highly out played by his backup in Daniel. Daniel has been completing 75.8% of his passes for 271 yards, four touchdowns for a QB rating of 139.0. Compare that to Smith’s, 60.7% completion rate, one touchdown and two picks, with a rating of 53.1, ouch.
Running back play for the first-team has also been bad. The presumed replacement for Charles, Knile Davis, has only been averaging 3.5 yards per carry, while taking the bulk of the first team rushing attempts; Alex Smith has a better average, 9.5. Charcandrick West has emerged as a man with a future roster spot with his performance of 89 yards off 19 attempts for a 4.7 average. West is also been active in the passing game, catching 4 balls for 45 yards and an average of 11.3.
Speaking of… The wide receivers on the first team have also struggled.
Newly acquired Maclin has only hauled in four receptions for 34 yards, averaging a horrid 8.5 yards per reception. However, he was able to haul in the first touchdown pass Smith has thrown to a receiver since 2013, so that is a plus.
The star of the receivers has been Fred Williams, with his 97 yards for an average of 12.1 yards.
Travis Kelce is showing he is ready for 2015 with his average of 12.7 yards per receptions near the top of the receiving group. He even busted a 23-yard reception during the Seattle game against the Legion of Boom.
But the few lone bright spots in the slow moving first team offense need to turn it around. This is where the Tennessee Titans come into the play.
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