- Eric Fisher got beat, and badly, on the first two snaps of the game. Figured that meant a looooooooooong day for the rookie returning from the concussion, but he held up pretty well after that.
By SAM MELLINGER
The Kansas City Star
- At least some of that credit should go to the coaches for making adjustments.
- Weve talked a lot here and other places about Alex Smiths mobility, his athleticism. A few times against the Raiders, he added strength, breaking out of sacks to extend plays or run. Thats a big plus. Even when his throws are off and hes been WAY off the last two weeks this is a way for him to keep moving the chains.
- Terrelle Pryor is, even by NFL standards, a freak athlete. So six runs for 60 yards might just be the cost of doing business. But the Chiefs did a really good job against him, in large part by surrounding him, putting some panic in him, and forcing decisions. This accomplished two things: it kept him in the pocket, and kept him throwing to places and at times he didnt plan. They picked him off three times including one of the worst decisions-and-throws youll ever see in the NFL and came close at least four other times.
- As he is wont to do, Terez Paylor explains all of that better here.
- Pryors first interception came a snap after throwing deep down the right sideline, even though Marcus Cooper had blanket coverage. Cooper nearly picked it, and really, the back judge couldve called offensive pass interference. Then Pryor lobbed one down the middle of the field off his back foot. Theres a lot of potential in him, but you cant win with episodes like that.
- Toward that end, this was one game where defensive coordinator Bob Suttons different looks were particularly effective.
- One more game where Jamaal Charles does his toughness thing, one more game he does it without breaking a long run.
- The sack where Tamba Hali and Justin Houston hit Pryor basically simultaneously, then got him and gave each other a thousand low-fives will and probably should be on some Chiefs commercials.
- I think weve talked about this on these things before, but Tyson Jackson is, somewhat quietly, playing a hell of a season. Takes up blockers, makes plays when he can, sets edges on other downs.
- Marcus Cooper got beat, finally. Moores 39-yard touchdown went straight through Coopers defense, which is notable because Cooper has been so good. And other than Moores touchdown, and one other reception he gave up, Cooper was again spectacular. His interception had some shades of the one he closed the Titans game with: the preparation to know what was coming, the instincts and guts to jump the route.
- Ive never seen a 3rd and 48 before, I dont think.
- Actually, I just looked it up on Pro Football References awesome database. Washington had a 3rd and 50 last year against the Bengals. Didnt convert.