Here are three good things we know about the Chiefs through their first two games of the season:
▪ The offense is capable of coming back in a way it hasn’t since, well, ever.
▪ The inexperienced secondary is holding up pretty dang well.
▪ Spencer Ware is a beast, and fully capable of being someone’s featured back.
Three bad things we know about the Chiefs through two games:
▪ The offense is capable of no-showing large chunks of games.
▪ The offensive line may be improved, but it got whipped by the Texans last week.
The next chance to show improvement is this weekend against the Jets. The big news around that team right now is the availability of receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Each could be a gametime decision, and if they’re unavailable, or hampered, it will make a huge difference because so much of the Jets’ offense depends on the mismatches with a deep and talented group of receivers.
Anyway, 10 more thoughts from watching their 37-31 win at the imploding Bills last week.
▪ Marshall and Decker get most of the attention, but Quincy Enunwa is a heck of a player, too. He made a great catch down the left sideline on very good coverage. He certainly benefits from the attention defenses have to pay those other two guys, but the Bills just could not cover Enunwa.
▪ Ryan Clady, the left tackle who Chiefs fans might remember with the Broncos, had a terrible night. He was beat on a simple speed rush, causing a fumble by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, got away with at least two more blatant holds, and was called for a hold on what would’ve otherwise been a big gain to Decker. Fitzpatrick was getting the ball out on time, too. Clady just didn’t give his quarterback enough of it:
▪ Darrelle Revis isn’t what he used to be, especially against speed. Marquise Goodwin ran by Revis, and beat him easily on a long touchdown. I wonder if Andy Reid can figure a way to get Revis and Tyreek Hill in a race down the sideline. After Goodwin’s big play, Revis appeared tentative, giving way more cushion than a great cornerback should.
▪ Sheldon Richardson, in his first game back from suspension, got called for taunting on a play in which the Jets gave up a long touchdown. What the heck, man.
▪ Matt Forte is smart, patient, and has good vision, but he doesn’t get much that his line doesn’t give him. He had 100 yards and three touchdowns, so I know this probably sounds silly, but you don’t have to gameplan around him. He got 30 carries.
▪ This was weird: on a touchdown pass to Decker near the goal line, Marshall must’ve known the ball wasn’t coming his way, because he literally just stood there after the snap. Didn’t move a foot. Just watched. Bottom of the frame here:
▪ The Jets will throw deep. Fitzpatrick is better than people give him credit for. He can move his feet a bit, and loves to take chances deep, which is a heck of a good idea with those thoroughbreds he has as receivers. The Chiefs’ pass rush is going to be extra crucial here.
▪ Bills QB Tyrod Taylor broke the pocket, bought time, and was able to find wide receiver Greg Salas all alone for a long touchdown. The Jets have some beasts up front, but if quarterback Alex Smith can use his legs to create time, the cornerbacks can break down.
▪ LeSean McCoy — who isn’t what he used to be, but who I’ve always thought is the closest thing to Jamaal Charles — had a big run when the Jets’ linebackers got sucked in too close to the line of scrimmage. McCoy saw that, and hit a wider gap. Might be something the Chiefs’ backs can exploit.
▪ The Jets’ front seven is strong, particularly in the middle of the defensive line, which means they’re lined up against the weaker part of the Chiefs’ offensive line. The Chiefs are probably going to need to double these guys more times than not, and the Jets’ linebackers are better tacklers than in years past.