The Kansas City Chiefs stomped the Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 38-17 in Week 1 of preseason action. It means absolutely nothing, but it was nice to see the first team offense under Patrick Mahomes fire on all cylinders. Nothing seemed to change from last season, as they sliced through the Bengals’ defense with ease.
The Bengals are going to have one of the worst defensive units in the league, but we already know the kind of damage that the Chiefs can do against any defense. On a play in the 1st quarter, Mahomes slide on the 1-yard line instead of diving in for the score. Smart move which highlights how unimportant these games are.
What didn’t look too hot for the Chiefs was their first team defense. Andy Dalton and a host of lesser known wide receivers walked the ball down the field in the 1st quarter for an easy score. To get over the hump this season, the Chiefs must get better defensive play. They have a better defense against the Patriots in the AFC Championship last year and we might be talking about the Chiefs a defending Super Bowl champs.
Andy Reid will be looking at giving Mahomes a quarter of action in this one. He was scheduled for a quarter last week, but the Bengals kept the ball in their control for the majority of the frame. Mahomes made the most of his one chance with the ball. It’ll likely be the same this week in Pittsburgh. If he looks good in one series, Andy Reid likely isn’t going to press any further.
There is no quarterback battle going on behind Mahomes. Chad Henne is the veteran that has a lot of experience in that role. Barring an injury, Henne is going to go into the regular season as the backup to Mahomes. However, the story is different for the Steelers, as they’re looking for a backup to Roethlisberger.
It’s a close race between Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph. The Steelers drafted Rudolph with the intention of being Roethlisberger’s replacement eventually, so I think he gets the nod in an even race. Both played well last week against the Buccaneers in a 30-28 win. Rudolph converted drives, though, with 2 touchdown passes on 91 yards passing. If Dobbs doesn’t win the backup battle, he certainly deserves to be one elsewhere. Head below for our free Chiefs vs. Steelers pick.
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The Bengals do not have much depth to speak of on their roster. We were on the Chiefs and I think it was the easiest selection of the preseason in Week 1. The Bengals just couldn’t trot out enough talent from their backups to counter the Chiefs at Arrowhead. The Chiefs had a pretty nice crowd for a preseason game as well. Chase Litton, who was picked up as an undrafted rookie last season, was the best-looking reserve quarterback last week.
He threw for 122 yards on 11-of-15 passing with 2 touchdowns. Litton had a mistake, though, and spoiled a near perfect day with an interception. After ten years of NFL experience, Henne does not need too much preseason action. He threw for 26 yards on 2-of-4 passing and was pulled to give Litton and Kyle Shumar some looks. Shumar was decent as well, throwing for a touchdown pass and 77 yards.
Mason Rudolph’s stock went up the most in Week 1 of the preseason on the Steelers’ roster. He was sharp with 91 yards and 2 touchdown passes. Rudolph made an impressive play around the goal line with pressure ramping up around him and nobody home.
Rudolph was patient enough to go through his reads and find a receiver in the back of the end zone after there was nothing there initially. Bad quarterbacks will force something, better quarterbacks wait for something to open up if time permits. If reports out of camp and his first preseason game are any indication, Rudolph has been developing well since his rookie year.
He is getting the start in this one, as Mike Tomlin gives him the reins as a starting QB. Roethlisberger, wisely, is not going to see a snap in Week 2 of the preseason, either. The quarterback battle between Rudolph and Dobbs is going to beat up in this game, and I see both taking advantage of a questionable Chiefs’ defense.
The Chiefs will not have the luxury of beating up on a depthless team this week. Pittsburgh should be able to move the ball frequently. Mahomes will get his quarter of work, but after that the Chiefs are likely going to want to see more of Litton and Shumar. I will take my chances on the team at home who are getting points and in the midst of a QB battle.