Observations from Chiefs' first half

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some observations at halftime from Arrowhead Stadium, where the Kansas City Chiefs lead the Green Bay Packers 13-6 in Thursday's preseason finale:

  • Chase Daniel didn't inspire much confidence during training camp, and he finished the exhibition season on a down note. Daniel started at quarterback in place of Alex Smith, who, like the other starters, didn't play. Daniel forced a throw into coverage on the first offensive play of the game and the pass was intercepted. Daniel later took a sack on a second-and-2 play from the Green Bay 6. He had plenty of time to unload the ball but instead took an eight-yard loss, and the Chiefs had to settle for a field goal.

  • Linebacker Frank Zombo is proving to be a nice free-agent signing. Because Pro Bowler Tamba Hali and Justin Houston are the starters at outside linebacker, Zombo is no threat to break into the lineup. But based on the way he's played in preseason, the Chiefs have reason to feel good about Zombo if he has to play. He had an interception and 27-yard return to set up a field goal. In earlier games, Zombo showed good pass-rush skills and the ability to get pressure on the quarterback.

  • A knee injury that knocked Travis Kelce from the game will force the Chiefs to look for a tight end before the regular season begins. Kansas City already lost Tony Moeaki for an extended period with a shoulder injury.