•Now that the passing game perked up, are the Chiefs’ offensive problems over?
Not by a long shot. The passing game finally looked like it should (that’s what happens when a team gets the ball to the wide receivers) but the running game is a real problem. Not counting a 38-yard run by quarterback Alex Smith, the Chiefs gained 10 yards rushing in eight carries. The Chiefs failed to convert on one possession when they failed to get 1 yard on the final two plays. The Steelers controlled the line of scrimmage on running plays. It will be difficult for the Chiefs to sustain any production with that kind of help from the running game.
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It’s far too early for that, but it’s probably not a coincidence the passing game came alive after the Chiefs unloaded their unproductive wide receiver. Ultimately, the success of that trade from the Chiefs’ standpoint should be based not on what A.J. Jenkins does, but what the Chiefs can get from Donnie Avery, who inherited the starting spot after the trade. Avery caught six passes for 54 yards against the Steelers, so he’s off to a good start.
•What was Andy Reid thinking having the Chiefs try to convert on fourth and 1 from their 21?
Liked the move. Liked it a lot. The Chiefs need to prove they can run the ball in short-yardage situations. Reid made a similar call in last week’s game against San Francisco. He should have ordered the Chiefs to try to convert on fourth and goal from the Pittsburgh 1 later, but the Chiefs instead settled for a 19-yard field goal from Ryan Succop.
He’s a talent when he holds on to the ball, as he demonstrated with his touchdown on a 109-yard kickoff return, but the Chiefs still shouldn’t trust him when the regular season starts. Between dropped passes, pass-protection problems and a fumble on offense Saturday night, Davis has proved too unreliable to count on when the real games begin.