The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
By 25/10/2011 13:09:00
- First road shut-out since the early 70s.
- The win puts the Chiefs back to .500; anything can happen from here.
- Haven’t allowed a 100-yd rusher since week 1 against the Bills; looking ahead at the schedule, there aren’t any obvious threats to break that string anytime within the next several weeks
- Derrick Johnson was an absolute beast: 12 tackles, and often blew up plays in the backfield. He saved a TD on a long Michael Bush run by not giving up and chasing him from behind. He showcased his nose for the ball best in the goal-line stand in the first half, when the Chiefs kept the Raiders out of the end zone.
- 6 Interceptions, 2 for TDs (Lewis, Flowers), 2 by Flowers. Okay, they were against a washed-up Ravens reject and a guy who was on the couch 5 days ago. - - But 6 INTs are nothing to sneeze at, no matter who the competition is.
- Bowe had another set of highlight reel catches and good numbers. He very nearly padded his TD stats, but the knee *was* down.
- Battle continued to move the chains, averaging very close to 5 ypc.
Even with a 2 TD lead, the Chiefs kept passing and handing the ball to Jones and McCluster, rather than letting Battle pound the ball. Battle should have had another 10 carries. Jones and McCluster had some good runs, but got stuffed entirely too many times.
Everyone on the field knew the Raiders needed to run to win the game. But the Chiefs still gave up 5.7 ypc in the rushing game, including a long of 35 to Bush. Sure, that’s nit-picky when you win a game 28-0, but it’s the principle of the thing.
In a game that the biggest drama was whether we would shut out the Raiders or not, there was no reason for Matt Cassel to take any chances, but he still threw 2 picks. Sure, one was at the end of the first half and was almost completely safe, but still… pretty ugly to throw 2 INTs and 0 TDs in this big of a blowout.
The Chiefs lost their composure in the final quarter when the Raiders started cheap-shotting. It isn’t exactly bad, because you gotta push back or get pushed around… but Breaston shouldn’t have needed Albert to keep him out of trouble and calm him down.
If we win next week, we’ll be tied for Division lead. According to some sources, due to tie-breakers, we’ll actually be in first place. But those sorts of tie-breakers really can’t be applied until the end of the season, so I’ll just take it as we would control our own destiny. But that’s next week’s issue.