Despite another subpar performance from Matt Cassel and the offense, the Chiefs used strong defense again to find a way to win in a 16-14 final at Cleveland. It is the first time since 2005 that the Chiefs have started the season with two wins.
The Chiefs got their scoring off three Ryan Succop field goals and an interception by Brandon Flowers, who returned Seneca Wallace’s pass attempt 33 yards for a touchdown. The Browns found a way to answer right back on the next drive when Wallace found Joshua Cribbs for a 65 yard touchdown off a nice play action on third and one.
In week 15 last season, Jerome Harrison burned the Chiefs for 286 yards rushing with three touchdowns, but in this game the Chiefs shut him down holding him to just 33 yards on 16 carries.
The Chiefs had a great opportunity in the first quarter when they stripped Harrison of the ball and took over inside the 25, but Matt Cassel was unable to move the offense and the Chiefs settled for a field goal. Cleveland took a 7-3 lead on Peyton Hillis’ one yard run. (Sidenote, Hillis was the fullback for Darren McFadden when the Missouri Tigers beat Arkansas in the 2008 Cotton Bowl)
Cassel was just 16 of 28 for 176 yards with two more interceptions. Thomas Jones ran the ball 22 times for 89 yards, a nice 3.8 yards per carry and Jamaal Charles carried 11 times for 49 yards.