Drum Beats: Jacksonville Grades

In one of the ugliest home games in recent memory, the Chiefs dropped a 17-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Except for the first drive, the Chiefs were never really in the game, and it was clear almost from the beginning that this wasn't Kansas City's day. It was appropriate at the tail end of the game when the skies opened up and started pouring rain on Arrowhead.

Credit the Jaguars, who played a masterful game against the Chiefs. Their offense stayed on the field for much of the afternoon, converting eight of 15 third downs, shortening the game. Defensively, the Jags took the run away from the Chiefs, stopping running back Larry Johnson with only seven in the box. The Chiefs didn't have an answer on either side of the ball for Jacksonville's attack and narrowly avoided an embarrassing shut out, which would have been the first time since 1994.

Pass Offense


Chiefs Quarterback Line: 25/43, 261 Yards, 1 Touchdown, 1 Interception

If anyone in Kansas City can explain this week's offensive play calling, drop me an email. The Chiefs ignored rookie sensation Dwayne Bowe for the better part of three quarters, focused in on him for four or five plays and went away from him again.

Quarterback Damon Huard hung in for as long as he could, but eventually the pounding he sustained over the course of the game forced him out in the fourth quarter. Tight end Tony Gonzalez was a factor, but neither he nor anyone else could find his way into the end zone before the fourth quarter. Brodie Croyle subbed in for Huard, and threw a touchdown with no time left to avoid the shutout.

Grade: C-


The Chiefs executed and made some plays, but in the end, it wasn't enough.

Run Offense


Chiefs Running Back Line: 10 Carries, 10 Yards, 1.0 Yards Per Carry, 0 Touchdowns

The offensive line isn't blocking well, but running back Larry Johnson hasn't exactly been stellar either. Either way, the team netted 10 yards on 10 carries. That's humiliating. Worse still is that the Jaguars did it with only seven in the box.

Grade: F


10 yards!?!

Pass Defense


Jaguars Quarterback Line: 20/27, 201 Yards, 1 Touchdown, 0 Interceptions

Quarterback David Garrard put together a great game considering all the pressure he saw from the Chiefs. Kansas City's defense harassed Garrard all day, sacking him four times. The biggest drawback for the Chiefs was third downs, even long third downs. They let Garrard convert several big plays to keep drives alive. The Chiefs didn't force a single turnover, and couldn't get to any of his passes.

Grade: D


Forcing a team into a long third down doesn't help if you let them convert it.

Run Defense


Jaguars Running Back Line: 35 Carries, 156 Yards, 4.5 Yards Per Carry, 1 Touchdown

The Chiefs just couldn't seem to stop Jacksonville's running game. They'd get a handle on them for a play or two, but then Jaguars running backs Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones Drew would break a nice play. Neither player was able to get 100 yards, but they ran effectively.

Grade: F


MoJo averaged 9.1 yards a carry, on the strength of the huge 52-yard touchdown run.

Special Teams:


Punter Dustin Colquitt played great yet again, but kicker Dave Rayner's missed field goal after the first drive of the game hung over the team for the rest of the afternoon. The Chiefs started fast, only to come up short when they got close. They still have one of the worst return teams in football.

Grade: F


The missed field goal and poor starting field position helped seal Kansas City's fate.

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