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Packers vs. Chiefs: Live Game Grades and Player Analysis

Christopher AmickCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2016

Packers vs. Chiefs: Live Game Grades and Player Analysis

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    Chiefs and Packers game action is finally underway on the NFL Network.

    This is the preseason finale for both teams, and there are many players trying to secure a spot on each final roster. 

    We will be giving you live grades and in-game analysis, so be sure to keep this page open while watching to see if the Kansas City Chiefs can put together a better collective effort than they have in the previous two games.

Starting Quarterback: D

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    Overall Game Grade: D

    Starter Matt Cassel handed the ball off during his first ten plays, then threw one nice pass to Dwayne Bowe before ending his night.

    Cassel looks improved overall during the preseason, but depth behind him looks to be a huge issue. Quinn, Stanzi and Tanney combined for less than 100 passing yards and neither of them showed any real pocket awareness.

    Q4: D

    Trick-shot sensation Alex Tanney entered the game, and he had a nice toss down the sideline to rookie Josh Bellamy, but the play was called back on a holding penalty.

    Ricky Stanzi came in to finish the game, and no Kansas City quarterback impressed this evening.

     

    Q3: D

    Ricky Stanzi continues the downward trend of quarterback play tonight. If Matt Cassel gets injured at any point during this season, it could been a rough year for Kansas City fans.

     

    Q2: D

    Backup Brady Quinn looked terrible in the second frame and was wildly inaccurate. He threw a costly interception, and the Chiefs have to be worried about their quarterback depth.

     

    Q1: B

    Matt Cassel threw only one pass, but he has still looked much more comfortable in his new offense during this preseason.

Offense: C

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    Overall Game Grade: C

    The running attack was the only saving grace during this game, and it looks like the Chiefs will feature a dominant rushing game this season.

    Peyton Hillis starred and had 46 yards rushing in the first quarter. Jamaal Charles looked like his shifty self, and Kansas City showcased their depth as well. 

    Nate Eachus and Shaun Draughn played extremely well and are looking to make the final 53.

     

    Q4: C

    Another solid quarter by the Kansas City running backs, and nobody else. The quarterback play was abysmal.

     

    Q3: D

    The lone bright spot tonight remains the Kansas City ground game. Shaun Draughn has built on his success, and had a dazzling 20-yard gain in the third quarter.

    Draughn and Nate Eachus are both making cases for a roster spot this preseason.

    Ricky Stanzi has taken over for Brady Quinn, and has not looked much better.

     

    Q2: C-

    The Chiefs were moving the ball very effectively during the second quarter, but once again red zone troubles haunted them.

    Backup Quarterback Brady Quinn threw an interception in the back of the end zone to end another promising drive without a touchdown.

    The rushing attack looks as advertised, and the Chiefs go very deep at the running back position. Shaun Draughn and Nate Eachus both shined in the second, and the offensive line was impressive as well.

     

    Q1: B+

    The Kansas City running game looked very potent. Both Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis looked ready for big seasons.

    This grade would have been an A, but two false-start penalties in the red zone caused the Chiefs to settle for a 26-yard field goal near the end of the quarter.

    Kansas City still held the ball for over 11 minutes in the frame, and they dictated the pace, while making seven first downs.

Defense: D

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    Overall Game Grade: D

    Easily an F if the starting unit didn't have as much success against the Green Bay starters. Aaron Rodgers struggled in limited action.

    Once the backups came in, the game got out of hand quickly. The Packers boast one of the deepest receiving corps in the NFL, and they torched the Kansas City secondary.

    The Chiefs desperately miss Brandon Flowers, and they will need him to be healthy next week against Atlanta

     

    Q4: D

    It seems like the defense has stopped the bleeding in the final quarter after Graham Harrell left the game. B.J. Coleman came in and was not as successful as his predecessor. 

    The run defense was stout again. Take that with a grain of salt, considering the Packers do not feature a high quality rushing attack.

     

    Q3: F

    Another drive, another touchdown for Graham Harrell and the Packer offense. Harrell has looked fantastic tonight in Green Bay's no-huddle offense.

     

     

    Q2: F

    There was a noticeable difference when the second unit entered the game, and it was remarkably visible in the quality of the pass defense. 

    Quarterback Graham Harrell sparked the Packers and led them on their first touchdown drive during the second quarter.

    Secondary depth was thought to be a real strength of this team, but guys like Chandler Fenner are not cutting it tonight.

    The Packers scored two touchdowns in the second, including a 93-play drive to conclude the half.

     

    Q1: A+

    During Green Bay’s first offensive play, Jovan Belcher caused Cedric Benson to fumble, but Kansas City failed to recover.

    The Kansas City starting defense looked sharp. The first team did not allow a first down to Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Packers’ starters, and they were only called for one penalty.

    Glenn Dorsey looked strong at the point of attack, and the linebackers were in on many tackles.

Special Teams: C+

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    Overall Game Grade: C+

    The only blemish on the evening was the kicking of Ryan Succop, who looked shaky in both of his attempts.

    Dustin Colquitt punted well, and the Chiefs showed they go very deep at returner.

     

    Q4: C

    Not much to speak of here, and it was an average night for the Kansas City special teams unit.

    Punter Dustin Colquitt has looked outstanding tonight, and two of his kicks have pinned Green Bay inside of their own 20.

     

    Q3: C

    It is particularly hard to grade the special teams unit when they aren't playing much. The Chiefs are not making Green Bay punt, and they are not scoring either.

    When Kansas City finally forced a punt late in the third quarter, DeQuan Menzie blocked the attempted kick, which was swiftly picked up by Jerron McMillian who ran for a Packer first down.

     

    Q2: B

    Punter Dustin Colquitt looks like his usual self and blasted a 66-yard punt deep into Packer territory.

    All of the Kansas City returners have done a nice job this evening, and the Chiefs are lucky to have Arenas and Devon Wylie on board.

     

    Q1: C

    Javier Arenas had a nice opening kickoff return, taking the ball from the end zone to the 34-yard line, but kicker Ryan Succop has looked very shaky.

    Succop missed a long 54-yard attempt and narrowly chipped in a short 26-yard field goal in the first. 

Coaching: D

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    Overall Game Grade: D+

     

    Rough night all around. The passing game looked anemic, and the defense was putrid. Romeo Crennel and company don't get a high mark here. Realistically, if the running attack was stagnant, this grade is an F.

     

    Q4: C

    More of the same from the coaching staff in quarter four, and its hard to rank this job tonight as anything higher than a C.  A potent rushing game is the saving grace this evening for the coaching staff.

     

    Q3: D

    The Chiefs defense is getting torched tonight by the Packers' high-octane offense, and they are making Graham Harrell look like an All-Pro. 

    Since the first quarter, the Kansas City offense has been kept off the field and has had no real chance to get into a rhythm.

     

    Q2: C

    Daboll did a good job of calling a balanced game during the limited offensive plays in the second quarter.

    The defense was great stopping the run, but Graham Harrell torched the Chiefs for 159 yards during the frame.

     

    Q1: B

    The play-calling on both sides of the ball was effective, but it wold have been nice to see more from starting quarterback Matt Cassel.

    Obviously, Brian Daboll is trying to keep Cassel healthy, but it would have been nice to see him make a few more throws. The USC product made one nice toss to Dwayne Bowe, and then, called it a night.

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