5 Takeaways From Kansas City Chiefs' Preseason Week 2 Loss

Kansas City Chiefs Preseason 2014: 5 Takeaways From Week 2 Loss

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The Kansas City Chiefs suffered a 28-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night, and it served as a great learning experience. There were some mistakes to correct, but plenty of bright spots as well. Here are five things we learned from the Chiefs' second preseason game of 2014.

5. They Need to Put a Lid on the Penalties

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5. They Need to Put a Lid on the Penalties

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How does a team lose 28-16 when they outgained their opponent 330-279? The inexcusable 13 penalties for 131 yards is one place to look. Turnovers and red zone efficiency also factor in such equations, but the penalties stuck out like a sore thumb in this game. The secondary was flagged three times in the first half, sending the message that teams better adjust to tighter illegal contact and pass interference rules.

4. Ryan Succop Boosted His Stock

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4. Ryan Succop Boosted His Stock

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Succop's position battle with Cairo Santos is a close one, but the edge has to go to Succop at this point. He sends almost every kickoff into the back of the end zone, while Santos struggled to get his to the end zone. Furthermore, he sailed a 54-yard field goal directly between the uprights on Sunday with distance to spare. Succop made a statement that the discount Kansas City gets with the rookie kicker may not be worth it.

3. The Offensive Line Still Needs a Lot of Work

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3. The Offensive Line Still Needs a Lot of Work

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The three sacks, six tackles for losses and six quarterback hits don't even tell the entire story, as Alex Smith and Chase Daniel scrambled their way out of trouble several times. Eric Fisher got plenty of motivation from the game because he was beaten regularly, and he wasn't the only one. This young line has plenty of potential and they need to fulfill it fast.

2. Dwayne Bowe Looks As Good As Ever

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2. Dwayne Bowe Looks As Good As Ever

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Bowe caught five balls for 62 yards and took four of them for a first downs against Carolina's first-team defense -- not bad for one half of work. The claims of improvements in his conditioning seem to be legitimate.

1. Travis Kelce Needs to be Heavily Involved in the Offense

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1. Travis Kelce Needs to be Heavily Involved in the Offense

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For the second straight game, Kelce took a long catch and ran into the end zone. This time, it was a 43-yard play on Aaron Murray's first NFL pass. Kelce's playmaking abilities clearly have not been exaggerated. The Chiefs need another element in the passing game, and he is it. Whether the Chiefs use a lot of two-TE sets, or just sit Anthony Fasano on the bench, they need to put Kelce on the field as often as possible.