Reading the box score says it all about Friday’s preseason opener for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs picked up six first downs and were one for 10 on third down. The Chiefs mustered 137 total yards and never had possession of the football beyond the Tampa Bay 44 yard-line.
With all of those numbers, it shouldn’t surprise you as to why the Chiefs lost to the Buccaneers 25-0. Regardless of how much time teams were given to prepare for their first preseason game, the Buccaneers came to make a statement while the Chiefs sat back.
Chiefs fans shouldn’t get worked up over this game. Jackie Battle led the team in carries and receptions. Matt Cassel didn’t have the opportunity to throw a pass. There were a lot of starters from Kansas City, such as Jamaal Charles, who played for only a couple of snaps and watched the rest of the game from the sidelines.
Although a majority of the Chiefs starters did not play, it should concern most fans that Kansas City’s depth won’t be as strong. It’s understandable that the Chiefs backups were burned by the Buccaneers starters. But even when Tampa Bay took out their starters, they managed to beat the Chiefs in every form.
The Chiefs offensive line did not do their quarterbacks any favors by picking up blocks Friday night. Tyler Palko and Ricky Stanzi spent most of their time running around in the pocket avoiding sacks. In the end, Palko and Stanzi were sacked for a total of six times and Palko was sacked once in the endzone for a safety.
Kansas City will need their starters to remain healthy this year. It may be just one preseason game, but I would not be comfortable if the backups we saw Friday night remained as backups on the 53-man roster going into the season opener September 11th against Buffalo.
According to Josh Looney, the following players did not play against the Buccaneers: RB Tervaris Johnson, WR Steve Breaston, TE Tony Moeaki, FB Le’Ron McClain, FB Mike Cox, C Casey Wiegmann, OT Jared Gaither, DE Glenn Dorsey, DE Wallace Gilberry, NT Kelly Gregg, ILB Derrick Johnson, OLB Tamba Hali, CB Brandon Flowers, S Jon McGraw and K Todd Carter.