Chiefs end preseason on high note against Green Bay

Tristan Allen, Editorial board

The Kansas City Chiefs’ backups shined in their last preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, winning the game 33-26.

None of Kansas City’s offensive or defensive starters played in this last game, as they were preparing for their season debut against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 9. This game was also an important milestone in this season because the Chiefs, and all teams after this week, are now required by the NFL to reduce their roster to 53 men.

In the first quarter, Chad Henne, quarterback, made a 3-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Harris. The Packers followed that up with a touchdown of their own.

Things looked bleak for the Chiefs in the beginning of the second quarter. The Packers scored two touchdowns compared to one 35-yard field goal from Harrison Butker, kicker. Towards the end of the quarter, Matt McGloin made a 7-yard touchdown pass to Darrel Williams, running back. At the end of the half, the Packers were leading the Chiefs 21-17.

In the third quarter, the Chiefs regained the lead with two field goals by Butker, and they sealed their lead in the fourth quarter with a field goal by Butker and an interception which was returned for a 30-yard touchdown by Makinton Dorleant, cornerback.

There is a hotly contested race for the third-string quarterback on the Chiefs’ roster, and this game only seemed to make the decision harder.

McGloin went 10 for 18, passed for 127 yards, scored a touchdown, and finished with a 73.1 quarterback rating. It would have been higher, but he was also intercepted on the very last play of the half on a deep touchdown pass, which was not that big of a deal.

Chase Litton played in the second half. He went 13 for 21, passed for 166 yards, finished with an 86.6 quarterback rating, but did not score a touchdown. He was, however, able to get within field goal range enough times for Butker to retake the lead. Scoring three points is better than scoring no points, after all.

Byron Pringle, wide receiver, had a big game last night. While he did not make a touchdown catch, he received for 122 yards on four receptions, and caught a 62-yard pass. He unfortunately would leave the game with in the third quarter with a hamstring injury.

Jace Amaro, tight end, also had a solid game, picking up 48 yards. Amaro was targeted four times, and caught the ball all four times, which is good for a backup tight end.

The rushing offense did better than they did last week against the Chicago Bears, picking up 71 yards on 22 carries. Darrel Williams led the rushing offense with 41 yards on 11 carries.

Compared to last game, the defense played better. The Packers’ offense was held to 180 passing yards and 73 rushing yards, compared to the Chiefs’ 326 passing yards and 71 rushing yards. In addition to the pick-six by Dorleant, Armani Watts, cornerback, recorded two interceptions: one in the first quarter and one in the third quarter.

Tyrone Holmes and Rob McCray, linebackers, each got a sack against the Packers. The Packers were not able to penetrate the offensive line and get the sack once on Thursday.

Green Bay was able to pick up 16 first downs, but Kansas City recorded 22 first downs.

Another highlight for the Chiefs’ is Butker’s accuracy: 4 for 4 on field goals and 3 for 3 on Points After Touchdowns (PATs).