Red Zone

December 9, 2012

Chiefs report card

The Star's Adam Teicher breaks down Sunday's loss to the Browns. Jamaal Charles brought his A game, but he was the only one.

Red Zone

The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

Chiefs rushing offense (A):

Even without his long touchdown run, Jamaal Charles still had a productive game.

Chiefs passing offense (D):

Once Dwayne Bowe went out of the game, the Chiefs struggled to get receivers open.

Chiefs rushing defense (C-):

The Chiefs did a nice job on Trent Richardson but couldn’t contain Cleveland’s other runners.

Chiefs passing defense (C):

The Chiefs struggled to generate consistent pressure on Brandon Weeden.

Chiefs special teams (F):

A disaster in many ways.

Chiefs coaching (D):

The Chiefs couldn’t find a way to make their offense work after Bowe left the game.

First quarter

Key play:

Jamaal Charles ran 80 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.

Key stat:

The Chiefs scored a touchdown on the first possession for the second straight game.

Second quarter

Key play:

Travis Benjamin returned a punt 93 yards for a touchdown to put the Browns ahead 10-7.

Key stat:

The Chiefs had just one first down in the period.

Third quarter

Key play:

Eric Berry dropped what would have been an interception on the first possession of the half. The Browns eventually scored a touchdown.

Key stat:

The Chiefs had just 28 yards.

Fourth quarter

Key play:

Trent Richardson’s 1-yard touchdown run early in the period gave the Browns a commanding 27-7 lead.

Key stat:

The Chiefs were zero for three in converting third-down plays in the period.

Player of the game:

Jamaal Charles had another big game, rushing for more than 100 yards for the third straight week and the fourth time in five games.

Reason to hope:

The Raiders now might be as bad as the Chiefs are.

Reason to mope:

Things got back to football Sunday and the reality is the Chiefs are a lousy team.

Looking ahead: The 2-11 Chiefs are on the road against the 3-10 Raiders next Sunday.

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