Consider the following: After two games, Kansas City was No. 10 in total defense. The Chiefs held Carson Palmer to 127 passing yards. They went to overtime at Denver, a place that had been a slaughterhouse for past Chiefs teams. And that was with a quarterback who hadn't started a game in six years.
Plus, the two teams the Chiefs have lost to -- Cincinnati and Denver -- are a combined 5-1.
"I told our football team that, to be honest," Chiefs coach Herman Edwards said. "We lost to two pretty good football teams and both went on the road this week and won. So, it kind of tells you what we've faced the last two weeks. That's what I told our guys: you can't get down on
The Chiefs' problems have almost all been on the offensive side. Other than a no-huddle drive by the Bengals and an overtime drive by the Broncos, the Chiefs defense has appeared to have the advantage over the offenses it has faced.
Offensively, Kansas City has been ultra-conservative, partially because Green has been out since the third quarter against the Bengals and partially because Edwards favors that approach, particularly on the road.
Edwards said the Chiefs would open up the playbook this week at home against the San Francisco 49ers, even with Green sidelined.
"We've got to score some touchdowns," he said. "We've only scored 16 points in two games. That's not a lot of points. I think we're giving up 16 a game and defensively if you can hold teams to 16 points every week you've got a chance to win in this league."
--Some of the Chiefs who left Kansas City for the bye week did not make it to practice on Monday. Offensive lineman Kevin Sampson and cornerback Ty Law both had problems with flights back to Kansas City and did not practice Monday.
Edwards was not outwardly displeased with the players, saying they called beforehand to let the team know they would not make it.
--When the schedule came out, Kansas City's Week 4 matchup with the 49ers looked like an easy win.
Not so anymore.
"They've won a game already and we haven't," Edwards said. "So we've got to find a way to win a game. We're playing a team that's a lot better than they were last year."
--QB Trent Green is out for Sunday's game as he recovers from a concussion he suffered in Week 1. Green joined the team last week for the team picture and Edwards expects him at Arrowhead on Wednesday, possibly to attend meetings, though Green won't practice.
--OT Kyle Turley did not practice Monday with a back injury. Edwards said Turley was sore, but will play Sunday.
--DE Tamba Hali, a rookie from Penn State, is Kansas City's leading tackler through two games, his 16 stops topping second-year linebacker Derrick Johnson's 14.
--DT James Reed, who followed Edwards to Kansas City from the New York Jets, has been KC's most productive defensive tackle, registering 12 tackles, which ranks fifth on the team.
--LB Boomer Grigsby, who did not play against the Broncos on Week 2 with a foot injury, has recovered and should be available Sunday.
REPORT CARD AFTER 2 GAMES
PASSING OFFENSE: C-plus -- You can't slam Damon Huard for his 92.5 quarterback rating (No. 10 in the NFL), but the Chiefs haven't given him enough freedom to win or lose a game. Opponents will stack eight men in the box as long as Huard is under center, maybe even after Green returns. The Chiefs have pass protection issues, which limit their ability to go downfield.
RUSHING OFFENSE: A-minus -- The Chiefs are making almost no effort to disguise their intentions to run. Against Denver, they lined up with two tight ends the majority of the game and Larry Johnson still ran for over 126 yards. With almost no passing threat, he's averaging 4.4 yards per carry.
PASS DEFENSE: B-plus -- Kansas City owns the best defensive
performance against Carson Palmer this season and made a handcuffed Jake Plummer look miserable in Week 2. But haven't had much of a pass rush and, when they needed a play from Ty Law against Denver, Javon Walker beat him
for a big play that led to the Broncos game-winning field goal.
RUSH DEFENSE: A -- Two big runs are all the Chiefs have allowed in two games, a marvel when considering the Chiefs defenses of the last five years. The Chiefs 2006 draft class is paying off in this area (a combined 20 tackles from Hali and S Jarrad Page) as Kansas City is allowing just 3.7 yards per carry.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- Punter Dustin Colquitt was a magician against Denver, twice pinning the Broncos inside their 5-yard line. He's also averaging 47 yards per punt. And the Chiefs have allowed three yards per punt return and 12 per kickoff return.
COACHING: C-minus -- Clock management has been quirky and offensive play calling has been troublesome, particularly in the red zone. In the opener, offensive coordinator Mike Solari did not know which down it was on a third-and-5 on the Bengals' 11, calling a failed running play. He made a similar call in a similar situation at Denver.
Scout.com Chiefs Report
WarpaintIllustrated.com Top Stories
Three Backfields With Question MarksEvery week, Fantasy Football Expert Mark Morales-Smith examines the most turbulent backfields in the NFL to help decipher whether or not there are any Fantasy stars in the making..…
Chiefs Put Justin Houston on PUP ListWith roster cuts looming, the Kansas City Chiefs have placed All Pro linebacker Justin Houston on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, meaning he won’t be able to return to…
Schwartz Brothers in Kansas City Makes SenseOn Tuesday afternoon, the Kansas City Chiefs will complete their first roster purge of the week. In order to get down to the league limit of 75 players, the Chiefs who cut eight…
Berry Signs as Chiefs Begin Roster CutsOn Sunday All Pro Safety Eric Berry, signed his one-year tender. That means today the Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff will get their first on field glimpse of their starting…