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Chiefs vs. Cardinals: 11 Observations

Here are 11 things that stood out about Saturday’s 34-19 win

The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 34-19 Saturday night at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona.

Here are 11 things that stood out about the game:

1. Eric Berry's return to the field

This game was about more than football.


Just nine months removed from a cancer diagnosis, Eric Berry returned to the field on Saturday night for the Chiefs defense. In an emotional moment just seconds before kickoff, Berry ran over to his mother, Carol, who was on the sideline, and hugged her before joining his teammates.

Berry spoke after the game to the media about how much Saturday night meant to him with everything that he's been through.

Simply put, it was an amazing night in Arizona for the Berry family, the Chiefs organization and all of Chiefs Kingdom.

2. Chase Daniel's performance

Daniel finished the game 17 of 21 for 189 yards and three touchdowns.

His three touchdowns went to three different receivers in Frankie Hammond Jr., Fred Williams and Da'Ron Brown.

Daniel said in the locker room after the game that it might not have been the best preseason game of his career, but that he felt pretty good about how things were clicking for the second-team offense.

3. Receiver Fred Williams has a big day

With six catches for 82 yards and a touchdown, Williams led a Chiefs receiving group that finished the game with 168 of the team's 231 total yards receiving.

Williams was all smiles in the locker room after the game and said he's simply blessed to be out on the field with his teammates.

4. Running back Charcandrick West continues momentum from camp

West has been a breakout player at training camp so far this season, and his performance on Saturday night did nothing to dissuade that momentum.

He finished the game with six rushes for 49 yards, also chipping in three receptions for 43 yards. His 92 total yards combined led the Chiefs on Saturday night.

He showed some nice moves in the open field and even lowered his shoulder a few times to break some tackles. West was also all smiles in the locker room after the game.

5. The first team offense looked a little "sloppy," according to coach Andy Reid

It wasn't the start that coach Reid wanted for his first team offense, as quarterback Alex Smith finished the game 6 of 10 for 42 yards and an interception, but they did come back on their last drive and put three points on the board.

That drive started with a nice throw and catch from Smith to receiver Jeremy Maclin, who made a nice adjustment to the ball and made the contested catch on the outside.

The Chiefs took their shot down on the field on the first play of the game, although the pass was just out of the reach of Maclin, who was covered well on the play.


The Kansas City Chiefs take on the Arizona Cardinals in week one of the 2015 preseason.


6. Hoping the injuries aren't serious

Coach Reid announced four injuries during the postgame press conference.

Jeff Allen has a MCL sprain, Knile Davis has a knee sprain, De'Anthony Thomas has a calf strain and Eric Kush has a shoulder contusion.

More information will be available on these injuries in the next couple of days.

7. Chiefs get touchdown in two-minute offense

At the end of the first half and getting the ball with just 1:15 left in the first half, Daniel led the Chiefs 78 yards down the field in just seven plays to get the touchdown.

Daniel went 5-for-5 on the drive for 68 yards, finishing the drive with a beautiful throw to Hammond in the corner of the end zone.


Reid was seen smiling on the sideline after that touchdown pass.

The two-minute offense is an area the Chiefs have struggled over the past few seasons, scoring just six points during the regular season in that situation last year.

8. Arizona Cardinals showing class before the game

Before Saturday night's game began, the Cardinals had a tribute to Berry on their jumbotron.

It was a classy move by the Cardinals, who showed that same class last season.

9. Derrick Johnson and Mike DeVito return to the field

After missing all of last year with season-ending Achilles injuries, both Johnson and DeVito were excited to be back on the field on Saturday night.

Johnson finished the game with two tackles and DeVito had one.

"I just feel really grateful to be out here," DeVito said during an in-game interview.

10. Ramik Wilson's interception

Rookie linebacker Ramik Wilson, who was the team's fourth-round pick (No. 118 overall) out of Georgia, picked off a deflected pass in the third quarter and returned it 27 yards to the Cardinals 4-yard line.

With the score sitting at 24-10 at the time, Wilson's interception set up Darrin Reaves' 1-yard touchdown run that really broke the game open for the Chiefs at 31-10.

Wilson also led the Chiefs with six tackles and two passes defensed.

Coach Reid praised Wilson as well as fellow rookie Justin March for their performances on Saturday night. With veteran Josh Mauga sitting out with an injury, Wilson and March saw the majority of the action at inside linebacker, although Frank Zombo moved from outside to inside for a bit as well.

11. Picking up the Dub'

Sure, it's just the preseason, but the Chiefs won the game.

That's never a bad thing.

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