So what can Kansas City Chiefs fans take from the 15-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers Friday night at Arrowhead? The 49ers are really, really, reallllly good. And, so far, so are the Chiefs special teams.
For the second straight week, the Chiefs special teams have been outstanding in the return game as Quinton Demps returned a kickoff 104 yards for the Chiefs only touchdown of the game. In the third quarter, Devon Wylie got into the act, returning a punt 52 yards – his third terrific return in two preseason games.
“I think we’re going to be special on special teams,” Demps said after the game. “I just saw a big hole. My guys did a great job of blocking. All credit to them.”
The Chiefs defense did some good work on Friday for the most part, but the starters lost containment at least three times during the game – including on the 49ers first play on offense where RB Frank Gore seemed to be stopped for a loss, but reversed his field and outran the defense for a 52-yard gain. That set up the 49ers first field goal of the game and set the stage for Demps’ return on the ensuing kickoff.
The Chiefs did get four sacks of their own, knocked down several passes and even got an interception from new cornerback, Sean Smith in the second quarter. The winning touchdown for the 49ers came with 2 minutes left in the game against many guys who may not be on the Chiefs roster in two more weeks.
But then there was the Chiefs offense … woof! The 49ers took out many of their defensive starters after the first series, yet all the good vibrations the Chiefs starting offense generated last week against the Saints disappeared Friday night. The offense looked overwhelmed most of the night and the quarterbacks should have been on the sidelines checking to see if their jerseys had bulls-eyes on them. The 49ers defense recorded 7 sacks for the game and applied plenty of pressure on virtually every play of the night.
These guys are good …. really good! (For a complete box score of the game, click here.)
Chiefs’ starter Alex Smith, he of the near-flawless performance a week ago, came back down to earth on Friday, completing a mere 7 of 16 passes for 62 yards and no touchdowns. The only good part of Smith’s night was the fact that he didn’t have a turnover despite three sacks and constant pressure from the 49ers defensive line.
With Jamaal Charles wisely sitting out with his minor ankle injury, the Chiefs running game was virtually non-existent. However, since the 49ers have taken over the title of “toughest defense to run against in the NFL” from the Pittsburgh Steelers, this shouldn’t be a surprise. Rookie Knile Davis did manage 37 yards on 10 rushes, but considering 17 of those yards came on two carries during a 2-minute drill situation with the San Francisco defense playing a prevent defense, fans can’t get TOO excited about that performance.
I would discuss the Chiefs wide receiving corps here, but other than special teams, no one is really sure if the Chiefs actually employ any wide receivers. I would say that Jon Baldwin will officially go down as one of the Chiefs all-time biggest draft busts, but talking about him just makes all the fans' heads explode.
So the Chiefs coaching staff will have plenty of work to do this week as the Chiefs get ready to take on the Steelers next Saturday night in Pittsburgh for the third preseason game.
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