Chiefs Vs Bengals: Winners and Losers.

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Lets take a look at who stood out and who did not from the Kansas City Chiefs first preseason game.

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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.

Winners

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.

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Losers

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.

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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?

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legal_kush
legal_kush

I’m guessing the Josh Caldwell love is a little misplaced; he was just waived.

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES

Yep saw that.

NM_ChiefsFan
NM_ChiefsFan

He’s a kid from Lee’s Summit that got to score a TD with the Chiefs…how much better can it get? He was a fringe roster possibility for KC, but might catch on somewhere else. I wish him the best, but he was a long shot here and his value will never be higher after his game on Saturday.

zulu trader
zulu trader

was it just me, or did they use some new grass this year? I might just be getting older and noticing the greenery more,

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Team Player
Team Player

They resodded the film this summer after monster jam

Cheat Code
Cheat Code

Team Litton. I’m drinking that Litton tea.

EAFOX

Need to add Dieter to the losers as he was not able to play and a whole host of receivers looked sharp in his absence.

Armychiefj
Armychiefj

Slightly O/T: Apparently Dak Prescott has turned down a $30m AAV contract with the Cowboys and is asking for 40m. That’s just crazy talk, he is not anywhere near the best QB in the league. We better hope JJ sticks to his guns and doesn’t give it to him. Because if Dak gets $40m/yr, then Pat is getting $50m/yr

EAFOX

IF Dak is worth 40 million, Mahomes would be underpaid at 60 million.

Z00keeper
Z00keeper

Another source has denied that he’s asking for $40M, so…

SDNativeinTX
SDNativeinTX

Rumor around here (Dallas) is that Jane Slater (the Cowboys beat reporter & stringer for the NFLN), the only one that reported the $40MM number, got punked by her ‘source’. The real number seems to be around ~$28MM. Not sure why anyone would want to prank or punk Slater; she has the rare combination of knowing her s—t and being easy on the eyes.

Mink Farmer
Mink Farmer

I’m getting really excited about this offense. I feel like Hill is going to reek havoc on defenses. Having to deal with his speed along with Mecole is going to be hard, man. Opposing defenses are in trouble.

KCChef
KCChef

ISWYDT … : )

legal_kush
legal_kush

‘Reek can wreak havoc…

Plus Name and Plus Name
Plus Name and Plus Name

I’ll just leave my two cents here because I was at the game. To me it seems like Speaks was actually going even with Kpass all night. But admittedly that’s coming from someone who was in the nosebleeds. Also Shurmur impressed me more than Litton.

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES

Interesting observation on Speaks. I noticed him getting stood straight up on at least 2 plays, and then another play the rest of the line got push on the pocket and he was still in the same spot he came out of his stance at.

Plus Name and Plus Name
Plus Name and Plus Name

Kpass seemed much better on an interior rush to me. I saw several snaps where he was lined up outside and the tackle would push him to the ground. Maybe that is coloring my analysis of him in comparison to Speaks.

Chickennpickles
Chickennpickles

On one play, Speaks got pushed around behind the QB as he stepped up in the pocket. Then it seemed like Speaks just kind of gave up on the play. He was just kinda standing there. Well, the QB ended up scrambling & Speaks missed getting him by an inch or 2. I couldn’t help thinking that, had he hustled instead of just standing there for that second, he would’ve had 2 sacks last night.

Plus Name and Plus Name
Plus Name and Plus Name

I definitely noticed that too. Undisciplined play drives me nuts. But to me it seemed like he had more of a pass rush plan this year than last. Unlike Khalen Saunders who looked like he was being stood up and getting no push every single play.

zulu trader
zulu trader

pre-season?

EAFOX

Speaks has improved. The question will be how much as the season progresses.

Tarkus

PFF agrees with you on Speaks.

zulu trader
zulu trader

looked the same way on TV

NM_ChiefsFan
NM_ChiefsFan

I was impressed with the tackling in general. After watching teams run through our defense due to arm tackles and bad angles, it was refreshing to see even the CBs coming up to make a hit.

Chickennpickles
Chickennpickles

They definitely seemed to swarm to the ball more & were tackling better. I think they seemed more fundamentally sound.

Tarkus

PFF only had us with two missed tackles, which is crazy for first preseason game with a new defense.

Z00keeper
Z00keeper

Spags has really focused on the fundamentals, which I appreciate.

NM_ChiefsFan
NM_ChiefsFan

Winners: Chiefs, Losers: Bengals

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES

Fact. The rest of the article is just my speculative observations.

Tony Sommer

Funny you say that. I eat lunch with my parents every Sunday, and yesterday when I went over to their house my mom was complaining that the sports section of the Star didn’t have the score of the game on it.

NM_ChiefsFan
NM_ChiefsFan

We won’t go into the Star’s competence.

kabrink
kabrink

every player got a participation trophy

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

Was impressed by Bashaud Breeland. Hope he keeps it up.
As far as TE2, Bell clearly won that battle in my opinion. Yelder dropped at least 2 easy passes.
I didn’t even know we had a ‘Josh Caldwell’ on the team until he came in there in the 4th. Tremon is so outta here.
Very excited about Thompson & Hardman.
Bengals look like they’re in for a tough year indeed. Even that first drive they got lucky with that reversed INT call and they got a pretty generous spot on a third & long. They look like a 5-7 win team.

workingmansdead

Agree re: Bell. I thought he clearly opened up a lead on the TE2 race.

EAFOX

Yelder had a few moments but Bell seemed more consistent. I agree that he is in the lead.

Tarkus

Yelder had almost double the snaps. Maybe Bell doesn’t look as consistent if he gets a lot more snaps.

legal_kush
legal_kush

Yelder also got near four times the ST snaps: 15 to 4. Could be he’ll be cut next along with Caldwell.

Chickennpickles
Chickennpickles

Yeah, it’s probably gonna be a tough year for them. They have Cleveland, Pittsburgh & Baltimore twice & all those teams are likely going to be better than them. I’d actually like to see that team have a little success. It’s been a good minute since their fans have had something to look forward to.

sydenham

Excited to hear you mention Arrowhead and the drum deck, looking forward to seeing it. Were the new seats noticeable?

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES

From the TV I noticed the orange seats still in the lower level. The area around the Drum deck is awesome because it’s situated under the big screen, so you are watching them drum, and right above their heads they are on the flat screen.

sydenham

Cool. A friend and I are going to the mid-season Packers game, going to be a thrill.

Chickennpickles
Chickennpickles

I thought they got rid of the orange seats? I just assumed that was one of the reasons they were doing the whole seat replacement thing in the 1st place..

Tarkus

I think they just did the upper deck. Putting in seats with cup holders, and I think the lower decks already had those.

kabrink
kabrink

are they shaped like this?comment image

mgrafton
mgrafton

The drum deck is awesome. The new seats are noticeably thinner than the old ones, and more flexible. They are comfortable (when we actually sat) and the addition of the cupholders is excellent. The jury is still out on them as far as longevity, but they are probably right on par with what other stadiums have. I, for one, liked them overall. There are a few seats in the upper level that weren’t swapped out, on the opposite end zone from the drum deck. The new seats are bright Chiefs red, and the older ones look almost pink in comparison, because of how much they had faded over time.

tl;dr:
Bright red, comfy, but kinda flimsy. Cupholders are great.

Tony Sommer

On the QB3 battle I have to disagree with you. The stats may back you up, but when you actually watched them play Shurmer looked much better than Litton.

jmgunn0124
jmgunn0124

That’s how I felt as well (admittedly I was watching SKC at the same time though). I was shocked to read his stat line just now. I think we’re in the minority in feeling like Shurmur played better. I was starting to think I was the only one.

PFF had Speaks rated as our best player. I liked that when Kpass got his sack Speaks immediately stepped up his game and got one the next play.

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES

Fair enough. I did not rewatch the game. This is just strictly watching the game and then typing up these observations. Between wrangling 3 kiddos, explaining to them what was going on, and trying to enjoy the game, it just appeared to me that Shurmer was a little bit shaky. Which, I mean is to be expected from his first taste of NFL action.

Tony Sommer

I did rewatch the first 3 quarters, but I was looking at other things, so I could be wrong as well.

At this moment I have a hard time getting too worked up over the battle for QB3. The only reason it’s mildly interesting is that that winner will probably be the QB2 after 2020.

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES

Yeah it was a tough list to actually try and find “losers” on our team. I mean Wade was a dead giveaway once his helmet to helmet hit went down. I was even leery about putting Speaks on here because I don’t know anything about defensive line play, but to me he seemed overpowered. We didn’t see much outta Khalen Saunders either, but seriously not everyone is going to flash every game as we all know.

Chickennpickles
Chickennpickles

Especially 1st year DTs. That’s a position that usually takes at least 2 years before the player becomes a force. I’m interested to see how Speaks looks this year, now that he’s had time in the weight program & a year of coaching. I’d love to see Saunders have some flashes here & there, but I’m not expecting all world play out of him this season. Sounds like Nnadi was playing pretty well. That’s reassuring.

kabrink
kabrink

sorry, can’t agree with that, he seemed more lost than Litton – although he should since this is year 1 for him. Also, Shurmer has a big wind up because he has a weak arm, seems to me. I’m kind of surprised he is 6-4 225 (if true) because he appeared small. Anyway, he needs to bring Montana type of intangibles because it doesn’t seem like he’s very physical.

EAFOX

Litton had more zip on his passes. Shurmur did okay for his first game but Litton looked much more seasoned.

Cheat Code
Cheat Code

Hard disagree. Litton had command of the offense. Shurmur started ok, but faded quick. He looked alright, but Litton was surprisingly good.

sydenham

Start by acknowledging I didn’t watch the game, but from the sounds of it a Winner would be the Chiefs coaching staff. The players executed like they were well prepared to play, and it has been a thread throughout AG training camp tracker how much the DC and staff are seriously hands-on and Beinemy too, and as noted above there’s Toub’s gang clicking. A Loser is the separated shoulder for Lovett. If he’s shown bona fide skill so far hopefully the Chiefs are able to keep him (I don’t know the roster implications and Reaser is already on IR, or maybe he’ll be available for the fourth preseason game.)

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES

Yeah I contemplated putting the coaching staff on here. And maybe I should have. Great performance from them.