Preseason Game number 1 is in the books, and it was nothing but a dominate showing from the Kansas City Chiefs. It certainly appears the team is ready to continue the quest for a Super Bowl. This is Winners and Losers versus the Cincinnati Bengals.
First Team Offense: As would be expected, the first team offense came out firing on all cylinders and quickly scored a game tying touchdown. NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes went 4/4 for 66 yards with 36 of those yards coming on a beautiful pass to Travis Kelce. Without a doubt these guys did not miss a beat.
Tanoh Kpassagnon: KPass might actually be back with a vengeance here folks. He immediately started getting noticed when on the field, and seemed to be around the Quarterback nearly every play. He finished the night with 1 sack. Yes it is only preseason, but seeing this out of KPass is assuredly a great thing for Chiefs fans.
Running Backs: Darwin Thompson and Josh Caldwell were fun to watch. It certainly put the cherry on top when Caldwell almost single handily took over that drive in the 4th quarter and got rewarded with a score out of it. This position group will be one to keep an eye on moving forward, but so far so good for preseason game 1.
Chase Litton: Yes his one interception was ugly, but the rest of his night was actually decent. 11/15 for 122 yards and 2 touchdowns along with the aforementioned pick. The team will obviously be taking a long look at these backup Quarterbacks, and Litton certainly helped his case whether it is here in Kansas City or somewhere else.
Mecole Hardman: If you missed it, shame on you, but my oh my that was certainly a great coming out party for Mecole. When he was on the field, he was making plays. I distinctly remember even a couple throws that went his way, that were not catch-able yet he was able to draw defensive pass interference calls. He finished the night catching 2 balls for 31 yards and his first NFL touchdown. Keep an eye out for this kid folks.
Special Teams Unit: The complete opposite of Cincinnati’s unit who might all get fired soon. Harrison Butker was perfect on the night, and we were able to recover 2 fumbles by the Bengals. Dave Toub and company will be pleased with this game tape.
Bashaud Breeland: He was about the only person in the Secondary who looked focused on that opening Bengals drive. Lets hope the rest of the unit comes around, but I believe he will be a welcomed addition as times marches on.
Tight End #2 Battle: Between Blake Bell and Dion Yelder, there was no clear cut winner, but for us Chiefs fans who have been clamoring for serviceable TE2 this is going to be a battle to watch. Both Bell and Yelder looked good, which is a great thing to see early on.
Arrowhead Stadium: Arrowhead is always a winner in my book, but the drum deck is 100% awesome, and was it just me, or did they use some new grass this year? I might just be getting older and noticing the greenery more, but the field looked immaculate. Good job grounds crew, and whomever pitched the idea of a drum deck.
D’Montre Wade: Helmet to helmet hit that gets you ejected from the game is never good. Need to see how he rebounds from this.
Breeland Speaks: Yes he had a sack, but all I noticed all night was how it seemed he was constantly straight up. I am not a defensive film guy, but to me the casual fan it seemed he was just mismatched and overpowered most of the night. I saw zero push on the pocket from him, and he looks out of shape.
Kyle Shurmur: 6/15 for 77 yards is not a good stat line, especially when you have some of the best weapons in the National Football League wearing the same emblem on their helmet as you are. The rookie had his baptism by fire, time to shake it off and regroup.
Tremon Smith: 3 carries for 5 yards and he did not look good getting them. He almost killed an entire drive in the 4th quarter until Josh Caldwell took over. Going to need a far better showing to stick on this squad.
Cincinnati Bengals: I will not typically take digs at other teams here, as I want to keep this series devoted to mainly the Chiefs players, but the Bengals are in for a long season. Their first drive looked great, but even then it was starting to run out of gas, and was helped along by some defensive errors on our part. They still have a few more weeks to get it all sorted out, and they will need every minute of it.
Overall the team played a decent game, with only minor penalties committed by folks who might not even make the squad. It certainly boosted my confidence seeing them come out the gate ready and moving the chains. Up next we travel to Pittsburgh, so we will get to evaluate how the team plays on the road.
Who do you have as winners and losers from preseason game 1 Arrowhead Guys and Gals?