Should Have Watched the RoyalsSeptember 21st, 2009 by Lee Eldridge
After Sunday’s performance by the Chiefs, maybe I should have watched the Royals!
Pretty difficult to lose a game when you dominate in so many areas. Yet the Chiefs lost to the Raiders 13-10. The Chiefs more than doubled total yards of the Raiders, and dominated in time of possession. (See the box score here.) Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell was awful, completing only seven passes in 24 attempts for 109 yards. The Chiefs defense played well until their meltdown on the Raiders game winning drive in the fourth quarter.
Pioli and Haley have preached that they want a smart football team. On Sunday, the Chiefs were not very smart. They had nine penalties, two turnovers, and botched a scoring opportunity at the end of the first half because they had wasted their timeouts earlier in the game.
The Good News: The mistakes the Chiefs made are correctable. Their defense is playing better than expected. Bobby Wade appears to have been a nice pickup at wide receiver. And though showing a little rust, quarterback Matt Cassel played fairly well, completing 24 of 39 for 241 yards. The Chiefs got their ground game going, running for 173 yards.
The Bad News: The Chiefs need to win games when given the opportunity, because they will not get many opportunities this year like the Raiders at home.
And we’ve gotta give the Royals a little love while we’re here. Robinson Tejeda pitched another nice game yesterday as the Royals beat the White Sox 2-1. That means the Royals are winners of 10 of their last 13 games. They’ve had a pretty impressive September.