It’s halftime at Arrowhead Stadium, and the Chiefs lead the Seahawks 14-13. Here are some quick observations.
▪ The Chiefs’ first scoring drive was a play-calling clinic. Unreal job by Andy Reid to set the tone. The Chiefs used six different personnel groupings, 10 runs and five passes to go 86 yards in 15 plays.
▪ By the way, that reverse option pitch that Jamaal Charles scored on? I mean, come on. I haven’t seen that all year. Great call, great execution. Reid really turns it up for big game.
▪ This game has an old-school feel. Lots of power running, lots of playaction, lots of emotion. Both teams are playing hard.
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▪ You’re never going to believe this, but I’m a huge fan of the 4-4 personnel grouping the Chiefs turned to in the second quarter to try to slow down the Seahawks’ running game.
▪ This is the kind of game the Chiefs signed Kevin Vickerson for. He’s already gotten in on a few tackles, and his intensity is good for this defensive unit. He gives them some attitude up front.
▪ The game of football will keep you honest. After a terrific performance against Buffalo last week, Ron Parker was picked on in the first half. He had a rough first drive, drawing a huge penalty and a missed tackle. He was also beat for a touchdown on the drive. He was also targeted a few other times. Keep an eye on how he responds.
▪ The Chiefs never should have allowed the Seahawks to score before halftime — had they just pounded the rock, they could have avoided the Travis Kelce fumble that set up Seattle’s final drive — but the Chiefs’ ability to hold them to a field goal was huge, nonetheless. Had they gone into halftime trailing, that would have been deflating.