The Day After: Notes from the Chiefs vs Bengals

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 19: Seantavius Jones
CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 19: Seantavius Jones /
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CINCINNATI, OH – AUGUST 19: Andy Dalton /

The Kansas City Chiefs looked good in their dominating road win over the Cincinnati Bengals, a 30-12 rout at Paul Brown Stadium.

The second pre-season game of the year is over. And it didn’t disappoint if you were a Kansas City Chiefs fan. The Chiefs scored on their first five possessions, as the offense looked stellar, and the defense served up plenty of great plays as well.

Here’s a quarter by quarter breakdown of my thoughts from the game.

1st Quarter

When a team that went 12-4 last season shows consistency that carries over to the next season, that can’t be a bad thing.

The Chiefs defense took the field first against the Cincinnati Bengals. They bent, they didn’t break. Sound familiar?

Bend but doesn’t break became one of those shoulder shrug compliments the defense received last season. Much like the “game manager” label Alex Smith is famous for.

The Bengals didn’t have much of a problem moving down field on their first possession. Andy Dalton picked apart the side of the defense Marcus Peters wasn’t on, helped by a few Dee Ford penalties for cheating. The defense held strong late in the drive forcing a field goal made by Randy Bullock.

The Chiefs offense wasn’t outdone with their first offensive drive, one that gave us a gorgeous deep pass to Travis Kelce for 36 yards and a healthy dose of rookie running back Kareem Hunt. Hunt did not disappoint as we were able to see a sneak peak of what he brings to the table. Offensive cheating in the red zone set the Chiefs up for a 23-yard field goal made by fill-in kicker Sam Ficken.

On Cincy’s next drive they were introduced to Allen Bailey. Two plays in he burst through the line for a 13-yard sack, setting up a gift of a punt by Will Monday that went a total of 11 yards.

A 25-yard run by Hunt and an 8 yard pass to Demetrius Harris brought us to the end of the 1st Quarter.

Score: 3 to 3, all tied up.