Much was made this past week over Allen's return to Kansas City but the welcoming party was anything but triumphant. Allen was held in check for 60 minutes on Sunday accumulating only two tackles and two sacks, one of which came on a scramble for no gain by Matt Cassel.
Part of the reason Allen was held in check was a result of the Vikings-Chiefs trade in 2008. The Chiefs received a first-round draft pick and a third-round pick from Minnesota for Allen and selected left tackle Brandon Albert with that first-round pick. The Vikings attempted to free Allen up by shifting him to the opposite side of the line but Chiefs right tackle Barry Richardson also held his ground. Although Allen will be missed by many at Arrowhead, there is no disputing that the Chiefs got fair value in return.
Coralling Adrian Peterson
One of the Chiefs most pressing concerns heading into to Sunday's game against the Vikings was how they were going to contain Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson, one of the NFL's most dominating runners since entering the league in 2007 out of Oklahoma University.
The Chiefs held Peterson to just 80 yards on 23 carries and he was not a factor in the game. Kansas City's defensive front deserves a good portion of the credit for slowing down Peterson as every player on the line played well. Sunday was a far cry from what we have seen from players like Tyson Jackson and Kelly Gregg, who had both struggled earlier this season. If they continue to improve, this Chiefs defense could be a force to be reckoned with late into the season.
For the first time this season we finally saw the Chiefs getting significant pressure on the the opposing offense and a big part of that was linebacker Tamba Hali. The reigning AFC sack leader pestered Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb all day and notched his third and fourth sacks of the season, putting him fifth on the Chiefs' all-time sack list.
Hali began his career in Kansas City as a defensive end opposite of Jared Allen when the Chiefs were one of the best pass rushing teams in the NFL. But even with the subtraction of Allen and after being converted to linebacker Hali has kept his production at the same level. Although Hali is still 81 sacks shy of the great Derrick Thomas, by the time his career in Kansas City is over, he will go down in the record books as one of the great Chiefs of all time.
Breaston was sold as Kansas City's big free agent acquisition during the offseason but so far Chiefs fans had not seen what they were getting for their money. Sunday Breaston had a coming out party in front of 72,931 loyal Chiefs fans. It was not an easy road before Sunday as Breaston had accumulated just six receptions for 88 yards through his first three games.
Sunday, however, Breaston showed just why the Chiefs made him a top priority back in August when the free agency signing period began. Breaston hauled in four of his five targeted passes for 91 yards and a 22.8 average per catch. With Breaston as a legitimate threat, fellow receiver Dwayne Bowe was left one-on-one early in the fourth quarter which resulted in a 52-yard touchdown. With the addition of Jonathan Baldwin to the lineup in the coming weeks, this Chiefs offense can only get better.
Ryan Succop Back on Track
After struggling since early in training camp, Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop finally returned to form Sunday and was a major factor for the Chiefs breaking out of the winless club. Succop told reporters late last week that he had one of his best weeks of practice last week and felt special teams coordinator Steve Hoffman slowed down his approach.
I have not been a big fan of Hoffman's, but you have to give him credit for correcting Succop, who made five field goals Sunday including 51 and 54-yard kicks. Sunday was one of the best games by a Chiefs kicker in franchise history. With Succop struggling, many started calling for a new kicker in town but the critics were quieted Sunday.
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