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Chiefs feeling sense of urgency after second consecutive lopsided loss

Posted Aug 24, 2012

Kansas City has given up 75 points in its last two preseason contests

Arrowhead Stadium – Chiefs starters played nearly three quarters Friday night against the Seahawks. But once they exited, there wasn’t much good to take away from Seattle’s 44-14 victory.

Seattle scored on six consecutive possessions – four times on offense, once on defense and once on special teams – before the last of Kansas City’s starters were lifted facing a 44-7 third quarter deficit.

“This is a game of response,” linebacker Derrick Johnson said. “It’s a game of responding and we’re going to have to respond quickly because we’re not playing like a good football team right now.”

The Chiefs have looked like a drastically different team over the last two weeks since turning in a dominating performance against Arizona in the preseason opener.

Since that 27-17 victory over the Cardinals, the Rams and Seahawks have combined to score 75 points against what’s expected to be a stout Chiefs defense. Starting quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Russell Wilson each posted passer ratings above 134.0 the last two weeks and Kansas City has given up an average of 5.6 yards per carry this preseason.

Offensively, the Chiefs have turned over the football six times in the past two games. Seattle scored in all three phases of the game Friday night with a 75-yard interception return touchdown from Earl Thomas and a 92-yard punt return touchdown from Golden Tate complimenting three field goals and three offensive touchdowns.

“It wasn't a very good showing,” head coach Romeo Crennel said. “I thought we could do better than we did. We couldn't get anything going on either side of the ball, and as a result of it you see what the score was."

“Basically, we have to try to figure out what we can do well with this team in all phases and try to get that done. Hopefully we can start making progress and get better before we get to the regular season because it is right around the corner.”

Injuries are beginning to mount as well, particularly on the defensive side of the football.

Brandon Flowers has yet to play in a preseason game because of a lingering foot injury and Kendrick Lewis injured his right shoulder last weekend at St. Louis. No official timeline for the return of either starting defensive back has been shared.

In addition, starting nose tackle Anthony Toribio went to the locker room with an ankle injury during the first half of Friday night’s game and did not return. Starting defensive end Glenn Dorsey had his night cut short as well with a left knee injury, but was able to walk off on his own power and remain on the sideline for the third and fourth quarters.

“Injuries happen every year and we went through the worst year you could possibly have with injuries last year,” Johnson said. “It’s nothing compared to what we went through last year, so we’re going to bounce back from these injuries.”

More than anything, the Chiefs sense the regular season closing in. Kickoff against Atlanta is just two weeks away and the Chiefs are feeling a sense of urgency to get healthy and right their overall direction before the games start to count.

“As a team, it was just disappointing,” Johnson said. “We have to do better. It starts up front with me. Somehow leadership has to flow down. We have to get this thing going because the season will be here in a couple of weeks.”

 

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