Most fans want to forget about the last game played at Arrowhead on August 23. Preseason is designed to find the right players for the team and to see what things work and don’t. Unfortunately, watching ugly football is hard to do even if it is just preseason.
The starting offense and defense played the entire first half and the first drive of the third quarter. Alex Smith was pulled after the opening drive of the second half but the rest of the starting offense stayed in to work with Tyler Bray. Smith was 14/24 for 140 yards and 2 interceptions, both of which occurred in the red zone. Bray was 9/15 for 85 yards, one interception, and one touchdown. The defense did have one interception off Matt Cassel by Ron Parker and a safety. The safety gave the Chiefs their first points of the game.
The Chiefs scoring drive included one field goal in the 2nd quarter and a touchdown in the 4th quarter with only 25 seconds left in the game. The Vikings won with a final score of 30-12.
Not everything about the game was bad. While the Chiefs were playing the Panthers it was raining penalty flags. Several of those penalties led to points for Carolina. The Chiefs had a total of 13 penalties for 131 yards, two of those being pass interference on the secondary. While playing the Vikings, the Chiefs only had two penalties for 15 yards.
The only good news about the Vikings game is that some star players did not make an appearance on the field, including Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry. Coach Andy Reid also pulled Donald Stephenson from playing after it was announced last Friday that he would be suspended four games for violating a league policy on performance enhancing substances. The offensive line had moments of strength but there were several times where Smith had to run and he avoided more than one sack. This last preseason game should give fans a look of the line for the first four games of the season.
Chiefs will travel to Wisconsin to take on the Packers Thursday at 6pm.