Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, the Kansas City Chiefs played an ugly game of football on Sunday and still walked away with the win.
This time around it was the Carolina Panthers that were on the losing end of the Chiefs freakish ability to find a way to win a game by any means possible. This week it was definitely the defense that bailed the team out as both Eric Berry and Marcus Peters forced key turnovers late in the game that ultimately lead to the Chiefs victory.
Last week my post after the win over the Jaguars was titled “The good, the bad, and the ugly” and I definitely could have gone with that same approach this week. In an attempt to not get too “schticky” I think I’ll just go with some basic reflections on this one.
* Alex Smith wasn’t good. At all. Let’s get the biggest negative out of the way first so we can move on. There are no excuses for Smith. I don’t care if Jeremy Maclin was out. I don’t care how good the Carolina defense is. I don’t care if he had multiple balls dropped by his receivers. Smith was bad. He missed two EASY touchdowns where all he had to do was not panic and deliver an average throw and its six points. He has to be better. Period. That having been said, I’m still not on the Nick Foles bandwagon and wouldn’t be surprised at all if Smith rebounds with a great game next week.
* Spencer Ware is good. I know most of us know this by now, but I honestly wasn’t expecting KC to move the ball on the ground at all in this game. While his 61 yards rushing isn’t a huge total, his 4.9 yards per carry was impressive. The Panthers are only allowing 3.4 yards per carry on the season and they clearly were keyed in on stopping the run. Despite that Ware was able to be productive. That bodes well for KC as they move forward.
* I don’t want to beat a dead horse but how much more would Rod Streater be helping this offense with Maclin out compared to Albert Wilson? I am absolutely done with that guy giving up on balls while they are in the air. I can’t believe his teammates stand for it and I sure don’t get why they continue putting him out there AND why Smith continues to target him. Heck, let’s give Demarcus Robinson a look and see what he has to offer. The amount of targets being wasted on Albert Wilson and Demetrius Harris right now is absurd. They could cut both of those guys today and sign new guys off the street and I’d be just fine.