Kansas City's Offense Must Step and Make Progress Against Pittsburgh

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIAugust 24, 2013

Aug 9, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) makes a throw against the New Orleans Saints in the first quarter. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
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It’s a known fact around the league that an offense may take a little bit of time to build after undergoing changes with its quarterback, offensive coordinator and head coach. With Matt Cassel, Brian Daboll and Romeo Crennel out of Kansas City, Alex Smith, Doug Pederson and Andy Reid are working to turn the offense into the right direction.

Judging off Kansas City’s two preseason games, the offense is limited in its success and could have a hard time finding the end zone in the regular season. After the opening possession in Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints, the Chiefs offense has yet to produce a touchdown drive.

Kansas City’s only touchdown last week came on special teams when Quintin Demps took a kick return back for a touchdown. Smith led the offense to the field for seven drives, but only two of them resulted in scoring drives, per field goals by Ryan Succop.

The third preseason game traditionally features the starters all the way through the early part of the third quarter. For Kansas City, it will be tested offensively against a dominant Steelers defense and an opportunity for the offense to address some holes.

Although Dwayne Bowe is projected to rebound in 2013, he hasn’t caught a pass this preseason. While Bowe’s job is not in jeopardy, it would be encouraging to see him establish rapport with his new quarterback before the games begin to count in September.

It’s no secret that Kansas City’s offense is behind where it thought it would be by now.

Jon Baldwin, who was hoping to improve and keep the No. 2 receiver spot, was traded away to San Francisco in exchange for A.J. Jenkins. Along with dropped passes and marginal achievement from the ground game, the offensive line has made Smith’s job a challenge by allowing defenders slip through into the pocket.

The defense has rewarded the offense many times by giving up 17 points in Week 1 and 15 points last week, putting the offense in position to win.

However, the offense couldn’t return the favor. As a result, the Chiefs fell short in a pair of low-scoring exhibition games.

If Kansas City’s offense can’t adjust going into the regular season, the low-scoring games in the preseason could be a reality in the regular season as well.

With the starters expected to play into the third quarter, this is the time for them to refocus and get the offense where it needs to be before the regular season kicks off.