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The Kansas City Chiefs made the announcement this morning that Brodie Croyle would start due to the injury sustained to Matt Cassel back in week three of the preseason. Croyle was the most impressive Chiefs quarterback in the offseason and got an opportunity to shine. The Ravens offense opened up with a bang in the first half. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco came off of an impressive rookie season helping his team reach the AFC Championship. He hopes to duplicate his success heading into his sophomore season. Flacco came threw 26 passes in the first half with one of those passes turning into a touchdown pass to running back, Willis McGahee. Flacco finished off going 26 for 43 passing over 300 yards and passed for three touchdowns along with one interception. Good thing Flacco played well in this game. There is no doubt that this guy loves trash talking after saying that he’d be surprised if the Chiefs would want to play in the fourth quarter. It turned out that the Chiefs did compete in the fourth quarter. It was a complete opposite of last year. The Chiefs took the lead once and tied the game twice after a 10-0 deficit early in the game. Safety and special teams captain, Jon McGraw, came through with a double play on special teams, blocking a punt and recovering his own block in the endzone for the first touchdown this season for the Chiefs. The momentum shift continued after touchdown passes to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and tight end Sean Ryan. 2009 Mr. Irrelevant, Ryan Succop, came through with a 53 yard field goal to help the Chiefs stay in the game. Succop ties for the second longest field goal in Chiefs history (Lawrence Tynes scored a 53-yarder to win a game against the San Diego Chargers in 2006.) However, the Chiefs offense could not keep up with Baltimore’s explosive offense. The Ravens were successful in scoring 21 points alone in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs were out numbered in many key categories. Larry Johnson rushing yards: 20 Ray Rice rushing yards: 108 Willis McGahee still had more than Johnson with 44 yards on the ground. Chiefs first downs: 11 Ravens first downs: 32 The Chiefs did not move the chains until late in the second half. Chiefs third downs: 2/10 Ravens third downs: 10/17 Chiefs total net yards: 188 Ravens total net yards: 501 Chiefs time of possession: 20:11 Ravens time of possession: 39:49 The numbers clearly explain why the Chiefs did not win the football game. The Chiefs had many three-and-outs and failed to convert on third down. There are a couple positives that can be brought up. The Chiefs don’t give up any turnovers while linebackers Derrick Johnson came through with an interception and Tamba Hali forced a fumble off of Flacco’s hands. The Chiefs receiving core came through with a couple key receptions. The biggest con in this game was the fourth quarter, especially during the “must score” drive in the fourth quarter. On third and fourth down with a lot of yards to go, Brodie Croyle makes short passes during a critical part of the game, eventually allowing the Ravens to not only get the ball back, but score one more touchdown before the end of the game. Cassel and cornerback Brandon Flowers were certainly missed in this game and it was relevant as the Ravens offense continued to target back up, Maurice Leggett. For the second consecutive year, the Chiefs will open their home game in week two against the same team, the Oakland Raiders, who have a short week due to a Monday night game, which also occurred last year. The Raiders prevailed last year, but with a new team, and another short week for Oakland, Kansas City will be ready for the Raiders in the new Arrowhead Stadium.

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Chiefs/Raiders pregame

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 15-11-2009

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This afternoon, the Chiefs are facing the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have won the previous three meetings at Arrowhead Stadium, however, Kansas City has not lost to Oakland at the Black Hole since 2002. That was the final regular season game with a majority of the AFC still in contention to make the playoffs. The Raiders drenched Kansas City’s dream under the rain in a 24-0 shut out. Since then, the Chiefs have not lost at Oakland since 2003.

I feel Kansas City can keep that up. Despite getting humiliated by Oakland in week two, Todd Haley has a more focused team without Larry Johnson. The team also has added more power to their receiving core with Chris Chambers in the mix. The Chiefs will also feature running backs Jamaal Charles and Kolby Smith in this game. Despite fumbling the ball, Charles has been effective running the ball due to the speed he brings to the game. Smith has a good history against the Raiders. His first NFL debut consisted him of running 150 yards off of 30 carries against the Raiders.

The Raiders are dealing with many issues on and off the field, mainly surrounding head coach, Tom Cable. Jamarcus Russell has been negatively consistent throughout the season. He’s only thrown two touchdowns and nine interceptions. Russell completed only seven passes against the Chiefs in week two, however, more than 50% of his completions came in the game winning drive for the Raiders.

Cable seems to be very obsessed with Russell as Russell has thrown the ball 182 times and has been sacked 23 times with an even 1,000 yards passing. Giving him an atrocious 48.3 QB rating.

There is only one key in this game for the Chiefs. Simply apply the pass rush on Russell. If outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Mike Vrabel can get to him, Russell will eventually be forced to make passes that Cable does not want to see. It will either force a turnover or three-and-outs. Allowing the Chiefs to win the time of possession battle. The only question remains, how will Todd Haley mange his football team when they have the football? The Chiefs worked with their new offense last week. Can we see an improvement this week? That will be up to Haley’s play calling. I’ll give Kansas City the small victory, hoping Haley, Cassel and everyone else has learned from their errors in week two.

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