Kansas City Chiefs Week 12 Report Card: Grading Each Unit

Bill RobbinsCorrespondent INovember 28, 2011

Kansas City Chiefs Week 12 Report Card: Grading Each Unit

0 of 5

    The Kansas City Chiefs let one get away from this in a Week 12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Trailing for nearly the entire game, fill-in starting QB Tyler Palko failed to get the Kansas City offense into the end zone in the final minute, which sealed the win for the Steelers.

    Here are my report card grades for each unit in this nail-biting loss for KC.

Offense

1 of 5

    To put it bluntly, the offense was miserable once again for the Chiefs.

    Although they were able to put together a few nice drives, they failed to reach the end zone for the third straight game.

    QB Tyler Palko looked like the captain of a sinking ship for most of the game, as he threw three interceptions for the second straight game.

    The only reason that I'm not giving this unit an F is because they were able to move the ball on the Steelers defense at different points in this game.

    Overall Grade: D

Defense

2 of 5

    The Chiefs defense had one of their better performances of the season against the Steelers in this game.

    They went toe-to-toe with a two-time Super Bowl champion QB to go along with one of the best wideouts in the league, and they did very well.

    Any team that can hold Big Ben under 200 yards passing and only give up 17 yards receiving to Mike Wallace could say that they outplayed the Steelers defense on any night.

    I would give the Kansas City D an A in this game, but I didn't feel that they came up with enough big plays to receive this grade.

    Overall Grade: B+

Special Teams

3 of 5

    The Chiefs special teams had a solid night overall.

    Kicker Ryan Succop was magnificent in the kicking game once again, as he had four long kickoffs and made all three of his field goal attempts.

    Dustin Colquitt didn't have one of his best nights punting the ball, but he still manged to average just over 37 yards per punt in the game.

    KC's kick coverage had a good night and second-year man Jeremy Horne even returned a kick for 20 yards for the Chiefs.

    Overall Grade: B

Coaching

4 of 5

    Head coach Todd Haley and the Chiefs had a good coaching strategy for this game.

    It seemed that the plan was to score some points early and then slow the game down with a series of runs and short passes on offense.

    It went well for the most of the contest, but ultimately, it did not work out for KC in the end.

    Still, this loss was more on Tyler Palko than it was with the Chiefs coaching staff.

    Overall Grade: B

Fans

5 of 5

    I realize that the picture that I used for this slide was of a fan from the Chiefs/Chargers game on Halloween, but I liked it so much that I decided to use it here.

    The fans were great once again for KC in this game.

    It's just really unfortunate that the team couldn't deliver for the Arrowhead crowd and bring home a victory against the Steelers.

    The only reason that I'm not giving the fans an A is partly because there were some Steelers fans that were being very loud as well, almost drowning out some of the Chiefs fans.

    Overall Grade: B+