Williams could have had an interception to add to his resume for the game had it not slipped out of his hands. A sack from defensive end Dion Gales late in the game put the cherry on top of an impressive defensive outing by the Chiefs. But it wasn't enough.
There were times where the Chiefs' defense got fooled by the Eagles' offense, especially early in the game. They showed a lot of conservative coverage schemes to try and stop the pass, but the Chiefs' linebackers didn't learn quickly enough. There was a short period early in the first quarter where all of the Chiefs' starting linebackers got switched out with the second teamers. Surely it was the time where Todd Haley gave them an earful.
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The Chiefs still showed deep coverage in plays where Michael Vick took snaps at quarterback, and clearly don't know that Vick likes to run up the middle of the field and not pass deep.
Thankfully for the Chiefs' defense, the Eagles struggled on offense for most of the game with Kolb under center. It didn't help Philly any that their top threat DeSean Jackson left the game early. Jackson injured his back after getting hit hard by Chiefs safety Eric Berry. It was after Kolb left that backup quarterback Mike Kafka tossed a touchdown pass to Riley Cooper and clinched the 20-17 win for the Eagles. In effect, the Chiefs' defenders got caught looking like fools with their pants on the ground.
While Studebaker was steamrolling his opposing linemen, it was Eric Berry who had his part of the field covered like a groundskeeper. He was stuffing the run, tipping passes, and swatting down lobs from Kolb left and right. Sadly, Berry wasn't in the game when the Eagles struck their fatal blow.
While Berry was the guy seeing the most action at safety throughout the game, it was an interception in the third quarter by his rookie counterpart Kendrick Lewis which helped set up the go-ahead touchdown for the offense. That play by Lewis will surely help his chances in getting a future starting spot alongside Berry.
Safety Kendrick Lewis made the defensive play of the night with athletic interception.
There was a scary moment in the third quarter with linebacker Cameron Sheffield sprawled out in the middle of the field just in front of the Chiefs' sideline. Sheffield's helmet made contact with the helmet of Eagles running back Mike Bell and he had to be carted off the field. It was eerily similar of the incident, which felled Maurice Leggett against Tampa Bay last week and a serious reminder that even preseason football can be very physical.
This third preseason game is pretty much the last chance for the fans and coaches to get a view of how their team looks before the regular season begins. You might say it's a dress rehearsal before the players sit out most of the game next week against the Green Bay Packers. To say the least, there should be plenty of encouragement on the defensive side of the ball, at least from the starters.
However, it gets pretty old seeing the Chiefs blow games with just minutes to go. The team needs to stay rock solid on defense for 60 minutes, not 59.5 minutes.
Now that the defense has had months of working with coordinator Romeo Crennel, it's easy to see that the team has progressed very well under him. But what Crennel needs to stress is for his defense not to give up. This was the third week in a row where the Chiefs gave up 20 points, and in order to win, that number surely needs to go down.
With players like Studebaker and Lewis – two diamonds in the rough – there's plenty of shining moments ahead for the Chiefs' defense heading into the future. However, it's going to be up to the other nine guys on defense to stay solid throughout the game as well. While fans will get excited enough with a lead late in the fourth quarter in order to leave the game early, the devoted few who stick around for the final seconds want to be fully satisfied. They want to see a win, not a slap in the face.