Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 13-09-2009
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.