Posted: September 16, 2010 by The Cheap Seat Fan in NFL
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Here at CHEAP.SEATS.PLEASE I strive to have as many voices speaking to the sporting community and culture as possible. I mean who likes to watch the game by themselves and that’s just it? Nobody likes an empty stadium. It’s about getting as many looks at it as possible. With that said, I’d like to welcome my first guest writer MATTHEW OATES to ranks of the site. An avid sports fan, and die-hard (for better or usually worse) Kansas City area supporter, he’ll be covering the Chiefs for us all year here. Tip your hat to the crowd Oates.

NEW BODY, OLD SOUL. That’s the theme of the 2010 Kansas City Chiefs, which alludes to the completion of $375 Million of renovations to Arrowhead Stadium. It also could be used to describe the performance at Arrowhead by the Chiefs’ defense, special teams & most importantly their fans.

The pregame started off pretty weak for many. KC police did a fine job of controlling traffic coming into the stadium, but the Chiefs parking staff did a horrible job once inside Truman Sports Complex. Some cars spent as much as an hour and a half driving around the parking lot guided by attendants who did not have a clue where or how to move cars. I’m quite confident sitting in a car for that long, surrounded by the sights, and more importantly, the smells of a Kansas City BBQ tailgate qualifies as some form of “Enhanced Interrogation”.

The new look Arrowhead still hosts all the tradition that Chiefs fans embody.

Once inside, it felt like you time-warped back to the Schottenheimer era of the Chiefs. The stadium atmosphere was electric! The fans had on their red & some even brought out the Zubaz pants (a strange phenomenon. The Chiefs had a special video presentation before the game that stoked the crowd into frenzy. It felt as if the ghost of Arrowhead-Past was reminding everyone in attendance that “Hey, This is still Arrowhead. Never forget.” Mr. Achy Breaky Heart-man himself, Billy Ray Cyrus dawning a Joe Montana jersey, led the crowd in the singing of the National Anthem which of course ended with a deafening “Home of the CHIEFS!” by the Arrowhead faithful. The fans were sending a message to both teams, this is the home of the Chiefs and you’re going to deal with us too.

When the game got underway, the Chiefs offense had a quick 3 and out. In the recent past, maybe that would deflate the crowd but no, not tonight. The defense stiffened up & the crowd forced San Diego to burn a timeout & a delay of game on their first drive. It was on from there. The Chiefs defense looked much improved, especially the play of Derrick Johnson (12 Tackles, Forced Fumble) & Glenn Dorsey (6 tackles & combined on a sack). Dorsey looked as impressive as I’ve ever seen him in a Chiefs jersey. Maybe it’s because of San Diego’s makeshift O-line or maybe Dorsey is finally getting the hang of the 3-4 defense. Only time will tell.

The Chiefs rookies & young players played key roles in the game. Javier Arenas & Dexter “Run DMC” McCluster provided electric punt returns, including a record 94-yard punt return for touchdown by McCluster. Chiefs 1st round draft pick, Eric Berry, had a solid game as well. His only mistake coming in the 4th quarter, jumping an under route leaving the Chargers’ Legedu Naanee open over the top for an easy touchdown. Jamaal Charles had 92 yards rushing on 11 attempts including a 56 yard TD scamper in the 1st quarter.

Cassel managed well enough for the Monday Night win, but he still left much to be desired in the process.

There were also many reasons for concern. Matt Cassel had an atrocious night going 10-22 for 68 yards. Perhaps that could be blamed on the steady rain & wind but Philip Rivers (22 of 39, 298 yards) played in those same conditions. The Chiefs offense remains stagnant & there is growing concern around Kansas City about Cassel’s ability to be an effective quarterback. McCluster & Arenas combined for more return yards (219) than total offense by the Chiefs (197). Only mustering 9 first downs & getting dominated on time of possession will probably throw a lot of attention on the offensive unit this week. The defense allowed Rivers to break contain many times & also failed to wrap up & finish tackles on many occasions. The normally dependable foot of punter Dustin Colquitt struggled with a 38.2 yard average on his punts including a 7 yard punt off a failed pooch punt.

The Chiefs would survive a couple of threats from the Chargers late and hold on for the 21-14 win. They caught a couple of lucky breaks with Rivers missing on passes to wide open receivers on their last drive, perhaps a small touch of that Arrowhead Monday Night magic.

Whatever is the case, here’s what we do know: the Chiefs have sole possession of 1st place in the AFC West. That’s definitely enough to make an old soul smile.


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