Here are some quick observations at halftime from Bank of America Stadium, where the Chiefs trailed the Panthers 14-6 after two quarters Sunday.
*What a rough night for the offensive line. Eric Fisher allowed a quarterback hit, Jeff Allen allowed a sack and Zach Fulton struggled in space on screens. Every time you turned around a lineman seemed to be on the ground (true or not) while Alex Smith ran for his life. This group needs to get better.
*It sure wasn’t pretty to see what the offense looked like with Jamaal Charles, was it? Lots of quick passes, lots of two tight-end sets (presumably to help the offensive line) and not enough juice. It’s the preseason, so Andy Reid certainly didn’t pull out all the stops, but you would have liked to have seen more production against a Carolina team that also wasn’t calling its best stuff.
*The secondary was whistled for two pass interference penalties and an illegal contact penalty (which was waved off), so this is something to keep an eye on going forward. The group needs to be perfect with its technique to stay with these receivers, because you simply can’t touch them anymore.
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*The Panthers scored two touchdowns on the ground and also averaged 4.8 yards per carry. Mike DeVito, who missed the game with a hand injury, would have helped here. Eric Berry would have helped, too.
*One bright spot was the play of receiver Dwayne Bowe, who was targeted six times and caught five passes for 62 yards. Reid said he was bothered by a finger injury recently but it certainly didn’t bother him Sundy.