Red Zone

Chiefs report card

Adam Teicher grades the Chiefs’ loss to the Bengals:

Chiefs rushing offense (B+):

Jamaal Charles managed five yards per carry behind a patchwork offensive line.

Chiefs passing offense (D):

Completed throws for more than just a few yards continue to be unusual.

Chiefs rushing defense (D-):

The Chiefs made stars of two unlikely players, Cedric Peerman and Benjarvus Green-Ellis.

Chiefs passing defense (F):

The Chiefs had no solution for either A.J. Green or Jermaine Gresham.

Chiefs special teams (F):

At times, the Chiefs look like they never spend a minute working on this stuff.

Chiefs coaching (F):

Back to the norm for the Chiefs, who can’t get it consistently right in any phase of the game.

First quarter

Key play:

Cincinnati’s Cedric Peerman ran 32 yards with a fake punt to allow the Bengals to extend their touchdown drive.

Key stat:

2, the number of fourth down conversions for the Bengals on their touchdown drive.

Second quarter

Key play:

Andy Dalton passed 40 yards to A.J. Green to help set up Cincinnati’s second touchdown.

Key stat:

4, the number of Chiefs penalties in the period.

Third quarter

Key play:

Brady Quinn was sacked on third down with the Chiefs at their 49 midway through the period.

Key stat:

0, the number of Chiefs snaps from Cincinnati territory in the period.

Fourth quarter

Key play:

Dalton’s 14-yard scoring pass to Mohamed Sanu allowed the Bengals to pad their lead.

Key stat:

Quinn was 1 for 4 passing for eight yards on snaps from Cincinnati territory.

Player of the game

Jamaal Charles managed more than five yards per carry behind a pieced-together offensive line.

Reason to hope

The Chiefs are just six games away from the first pick in the draft.

Reason to mope

Getting through these last six games is going to be difficult.

Looking ahead

The Chiefs get their first look at Peyton Manning as a division rival when the Broncos come to Arrowhead on Sunday.

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