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The Kansas City Chiefs struggled mightily in a 44-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Friday night, with the defense in particular looking vulnerable. It appears a key cog on the Kansas City defense, cornerback Brandon Flowers, will continue his extended absence this preseason. Via Arrowhead Pride:
"I'd say it's doubtful," Crennel said when asked if he's expecting Flowers back next week, "because we're going to play on Thursday, and he hasn't practiced. If you don't practice, it's hard to play."
Last week at this time I was only mildly concerned about Flowers being ready for the opener. Now? We may have ourselves a serious problem, folks. Tuesday will be four weeks since Flowers was initially hurt. The Chiefs have been honest in saying they don't know exactly what's going on. There is no known timetable. I just don't know what to say.
The preseason has been ugly for Crennel and the Chiefs, with the exhibition season mercifully wrapping up on Thursday when Kansas City takes on the Packers in Green Bay.
The Kansas City Chiefs struggled in front of their home crowd on Friday night, losing 44-14 to the Seattle Seahawks and raising concerns about the defense as they continue to prepare for the NFL regular season. Veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson was among those concerned, and after falling behind 23-7 at the half, Johnson felt it would be hard to pinpoint any particular problems from the loss.
"This is football," Johnson said about the blow-out loss. "This is about bouncing back. It's about taking the good with the bad. This is a game of responding. We're going to have to respond quickly. We're not playing like a very good football team right now, but our job as players is to get the job done."
After such a lopsided loss, the team can learn more about themselves by how they react to the loss.
"It's hard to learn when you get beat the way we got beat today," Johnson said. "Of course, we'll go back and look at the film. I'm sure with X's and O's we can do certain things better. Penalties hurt us tonight, but as a team, it was just disappointing. We have to do better. It starts up front with me. Somehow leadership has to flow down. We have to get this thing going because the season will be here in a couple of weeks."
With rookie quarterback Russell Wilson starting for the Seahawks, the Kansas City defense focused on making him beat them. Unfortunately, the rookie responded to the challenge.
"We thought that we could stop the run," Johnson said of the Chiefs' defensive plan heading into the game. "I think we did a good job at it. The quarterback played tremendously, especially when things broke down he took off running. He threw a couple of good balls. We had a lot of penalties tonight. Seattle is a good team, and when you get penalties the way we did, it's hard to win. It's hard to be in the game."
The Chiefs get back to work this week to prepare for their final preseason game at Green Bay on Thursday.
Bowe, who signed his franchise tender earlier this week, says he's been putting in extra work to get caught up on the Chiefs' playbook after missing all but two practices of the first three weeks of training camp. But he admitted he's still doesn't know "100 percent" of the playbook.
"I'm quite into it," Bowe said. "I'm pretty smart. I want to say 90 to 95 percent. Next week, I should be at 100."
Bowe was limited during the Chiefs' 44-14 blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks, catching one pass for 9 yards. After the game he said rust hasn't been an issue for him so far.
"Not rust, but just being acclimated to the speed is what I've missed." Bowe said. "But, we've got one more preseason game. Once I get that down, I'll be ready for the regular season."
Bowe and the Chiefs travel to Green Bay next Thursday for their final preseason tune up before opening the regular season at home against the Arizona Cardinals.
Before the 2012 NFL Draft, many analysts were singing the praises of Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson with the belief that the starter would be able to overcome his short stature to become a capable starter for some lucky team. The Seattle Seahawks pounced in the third round, just one choice after the Kansas City Chiefs, and last night the Seahawks preseason win showed exactly what they got. It also showed the Chiefs exactly what they missed.
Wilson led Seattle to an incredible 44-14 win that included dominating performances all around by the Seahawks. Pete Carroll, the team's head coach, was very pleased after the game knowing that his team showed up on the road and performed better in all phases of the game. However it starts with the quarterback and Wilson was excellent.
"Honestly, this is what we had hoped to see," said Carroll after the game. "We wanted to see if he could go do it again and play well. He was very comfortable in the pocket. He had good protection for the most part. He took off when he needed to. He did that really well. He had run so much in the first two games, and I wanted to see if he would hold in there and read it out and he did exactly that. It was a nice job by him."
Wilson finished with a final stat line of 13 of 19 for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also rushed twice for 58 yards.
After losing a game by 30 points at Arrowhead Stadium, the Kansas City Chiefs were surprisingly optimistic on Friday night. Therein lies the beauty of the NFL preseason, where wins and losses go down the drain after just a few weeks.
The Seattle Seahawks came into Kansas City and bullied them on offense, defense and special teams for an ultimate 44-14 win. After the game, it was clear that everyone just wanted to move on from the loss knowing that the preseason allows the slate to be wiped clean.
"You have to respond," said wide receiver Steve Breaston. "That's just the way it is. I know everybody is frustrated now. The things we did on the field are correctable. As players we have to take coaching. It's hard, after a loss like this, to move on to next week but it's what you have to do. You have to push a little bit more in practice and apply it to the next game.
"We did some good things out there but it was over shadowed by some turnovers. Those are all correctable. We have to make plays and keep drives alive. We have to keep grinding and keep our heads down."
Peyton Hillis didn't even acknowledge concern after the team's performance knowing that it was just a preseason game.
"I'm not [concerned]," said the Chiefs running back after the game. "This still is the preseason. It is no excuse for what happened tonight, but it is still the preseason. We still have time to get things accomplished. Hopefully we will do that."
Jon Baldwin agreed that the team just needed to focus on what is ahead and learn from what they can possibly take from such a lopsided loss.
"We've got to go back to the drawing board and make the corrections. [We need to] go back to practice and try to execute as much as possible and get ready for the next game."
The Chiefs certainly hope so. There's only one more meaningless game before the performances are set in stone. If they don't figure it out in the next two weeks, this could be a long season.
It was a dismal night for the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday against the Seattle Seahawks. There's just no way around that one. Few teams have any standout players on the field when they lose by 30 points, and that's what happened on the Chiefs home field when they lost 44-14 to Russell Wilson and the rest of the upstart Seahawks.
However, at least one player made a name for himself and earned a bit of praise amidst the frustration vented after the game. Nate Eachus is trying to do everything right as an undrafted free agent out of Colgate vying for a spot on special teams and perhaps a few reps at fullback and running back. Eachus has been used at a number of spots in training camp and he's earned some praise from reporters covering the action in St. Joseph earlier in August. Now, however, he's earning praise from the people who count.
"Well, I think the starters played quite a bit tonight, and they were the ones that weren't able to get much done," said head coach Romeo Crennel after the game. "Maybe I should have played that No. 45 [Nate Eachus] more."
Late in the game, Eachus scored the Chiefs final touchdown of the night with a seven-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. He also had 98 yards on 10 carries and easily had the strongest offensive production of the night.
It will be a night to forget for nearly all of the Kansas City Chiefs, but at least one player stood out heading into the final week of the preseason.
The Kansas City Chiefs offense failed to show up as they lost 44-14 to the Seattle Seahawks Friday night. Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson had a great game and carved up with the Chiefs defense by completing 13-of-19 for 185 yards and rushed for another 58 yards.
The Chiefs offense did not fair as well as starting quarterback Matt Cassel completed 19-of-34 passes for 168 yards as with one touchdown plus he also threw an interception which was returned for a touchdown.
The offense for the Chiefs had a bad night with the exception of rookie running back Nate Eachus, who had 98 yards on just 10 carries plus a touchdown, and wide receiver Dexter McCluster, who caught seven passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.
In Week 3 of the NFL preseason, the Kansas City Chiefs offense is struggling against the Seattle Seahawks as they trail 23-7 at the half. The one touchdown that the Chiefs scored came on a lengthy 17-play, 80 yard drive that ate up 7:43 of the clock, and the scoring play came on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Matt Cassel to Dexter McCluster.
The best thing about the drive was the unintentional comedic celebration after the fact by Cassel:
That was the only real positive thing the Chiefs offense did in the first half. Cassel played the entire first half and has played fairly well by completing 11-of-19 passes for 84 yards with the one touchdown pass to McCluster.
As for the Chiefs defense, Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is having a big game and is shredding the Chiefs. Wilson has thrown for 139 yards on 10-of-15 passes, and he has also thrown two touchdown passes.
Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Anthony Toribio suffered an ankle injury in their third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks on Friday night. Toribio suffered the injury late in the first half and his return to the game is questionable. His status will not be known until later on the game as he is getting evaluated in the locker room.
Toribio is expected to make an impact this year with the Chiefs as he is near the top of the depth chart after beating out first round draft pick Dontari Poe who has been slow to pick up the system.
The Chiefs do not need this to be a major injury as they want to have depth at that nose tackle position, and while they drafted Poe in the first round they do not want to rely on him as the starting nose tackle for an extended period of time.
Dwayne Bowe will play in his first preseason game of 2012 on Friday night against the Seahawks, and will likely see just limited action in the game. Bowe recently signed his franchise tag and has just two practices in pads since returning, and the Chiefs will likely try to take it easy with their star receiver, says Josh Looney of KCChiefs.com.
If Bowe can get the ball in his hands at least once, take a hit and throw a few blocks it will be a successful debut. Playing Bowe for an extended amount of snaps would be counterproductive and a disservice to the player.
The receiver is said to be in great condition yet is likely far from being in "game shape" after missing most of training camp and the preseason. The Chiefs don't want to risk injury or overexposing Bowe and will likely have the receiver play just a handful of snaps in his first game back.
Bowe is looking for a rebound season after an up-and-down year in 2011 that followed up a 15-touchdown campaign in 2010.
For more updates on the Chiefs preseason, be sure to check out SB Nation's Chiefs blog, Arrowhead Pride.
After starting each of the first two games for the Seahawks, Matt Flynn will serve as Russell Wilson's backup Friday night, while the third-round rookie will get an audition for the starting role after playing very well in a second-string role during each of his first two preseason games.
For the Chiefs, not much will be different in week three, although this week will be the game when former Pro Bowl wide receiver Dwayne Bowe returns to the lineup after a lengthy holdout that finally ended when Bowe decided to sign his franchise tender last Friday.
Game Date/Time: Friday, Aug. 24; 8 p.m. ET
Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
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National: Sirius XM Radio: 92, Audio Pass via NFL.com
Seattle: 710 AM ESPN, 97.3 FM KIRO
In trying to contain Lynch, the Chiefs are missing out on a solid test for their run defense, writes Arrowhead Pride:
Friday night won't be as good of a test without Lynch playing but it'll still be a chance to improve on what went down last week. It'll also be a nice warm-up into remembering how to tackle since none of that goes on at training camp or practices anymore.
Lynch churned for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns, along with a receiving touchdown, last season for the Seahawks.
Kansas City hosts Seattle Friday with kickoff set for 7 p.m. CT.
Former Chiefs defensive lineman Curley Culp was officially named a senior nominee by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Wednesday.
Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is starting under center for the Seattle Seahawks against the Kansas City Chiefs in Friday's preseason tilt. The Chiefs will be the first team to face Wilson as a starter.
Wilson has played well enough in two preseason games to at least give the Chiefs' coaches something to consider when deciding who should be the Week 1 starter between the rookie from Wisconsin and free agent acquisition Matt Flynn. The decision to start Wilson is a bit unconventional, coach Pete Carroll admitted, but it will give the coaching staff a chance to see what the QB can do against a first-team defense.
It was expected to be a three-man race between Wilson, Flynn and last year's starter, Tavaris Jackson, who has been held out of preseason action so far. It now appears to be a two-man race with Jackson on the outside and a possible trade target for other teams seeking an experienced QB.
The Chiefs at least have the luxury of knowing their starter, barring injury, will be Matt Cassel, but behind him it's still an open competition between Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi. Cassel commented recently on Stanzi's preseason struggles to date.
It wasn't too long ago that Kevin Boss was the breakout tight end for the New York Giants in a postseason run that put Boss on the map as a pass-catching option that opened up the Giants' offense a bit more. The ultimate reward was a four-year contract with the Oakland Raiders in the open market. Unfortunately for both sides, it didn't work out after an injury plagued year and Boss was released after one year into the deal.
This offseason, however, Boss has become a nice bounce-back option for the Kansas City Chiefs on the open market. With Tony Moeaki at tight end, the team already has a well-rounded starter in place, but Moeaki's injury history leaves little confidence that he'll be a mainstay at the position for an entire season.
Having another tight end who can catch the ball is key for the Chiefs. Yet that player also needs to be able to handle "A little bit of everything when Moeaki is around. That's what Kevin Boss says he's excited to do for Kansas City.
"I feel my strength is being able to do a little bit of everything as a tight end. I feel comfortable whether they ask me to run block, pass block, catch the ball, I feel comfortable doing it all and I think that's important as a tight end to be well-rounded.
"They ask us to do it all. That's something we need to be comfortable in, doing all that, and I do."
Boss has been excited to get out there in the preseason so far and earn some solid stats, including a team leading 62 receiving yards against the St. Louis Rams in the team's second preseason game.
"Yeah, it's great. It's nice to get out there and catch a few balls and get involved in the offense and hopefully it carries on throughout the preseason and carries over into the regular season."
Despite the recent 31-17 loss to the Rams, Boss has been around enough to know a solid team when he sees one, and that's exactly what he believes the Chiefs are.
"I think we've got a real strong team. If you look from top to bottom at each position, we're deep. It's a very finely-run organization and it's a classy organization and I'm happy to be part of it."
For more on the Kansas City Chiefs, check out Arrowhead Pride.
Matt Cassel has received the his share of criticism in his time with the Kansas City Chiefs as the team's starting quarterback. Ricky Stanzi has been praised for his potential and fans have clamored to see him play. This preseason, the wheels have come off just a bit for Stanzi with two straight performances that look hurried, overwhelmed and have removed some of the luster. Yet Cassel recently took to praising Stanzi when discussing him in some remarks from Arrowhead on Tuesday.
Stanzi's most recent performance included two turnovers -- a fumble and interception -- against the St. Louis Rams in a game where the entire Chiefs team looked anemic. Romeo Crennel, the team's head coach, was frustrated all around, so it's hardly a case of Stanzi letting his teammates down. Yet it was also clear that turnovers killed the team's momentum and he was responsible for two of four for the Chiefs.
"When you go and watch the film it's not always as bad as it seems and I thought Ricky went out there and competed," said Cassel, "and sometimes as a quarterback it doesn't always go as you planned, but at the same time, the thing about Ricky and that I love to see is he bounces back, even after the interception or if something bad happens, he comes back and says ‘What's next?'
"You've got to have that kind of demeanor and I love that about Ricky; he's ready to come back and get back to work this week and he's not hanging his head or anything like that. That's part of playing the quarterback position, you've got to take the good with the bad."
Overall, Cassel says the foursome that also includes Brady Quinn, the team's second string quarterback, and Alex Tanney, the fourth string undrafted free agent from Monmouth, is a group he's proud of.
"I love our group this year. I think we all are pushing each other. You know the thing about the quarterback position, the quarterback room, is we spend so much time together. Maybe unlike some of the other positions, we really do spend a ton of time in the room watching film dedicating a lot of our time after practice.
"To have a good room makes all the world of difference and we've got four great guys in there right now and we're all competing and pushing each other and talking about stuff. It's been a great experience so far with these guys."
The Kansas City Chiefs will take another look at their quarterback situation against the Seattle Seahawks.
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