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It’s been 70 hours since Chiefs head coach, Todd Haley, lost his first game as an NFL head coach. He’s learned a lot, and I must say, he’s done a great job the past 70 hours finding ways to improve his football team. He started off by bringing in former Vikings wide receiver, Bobby Wade, who previously worked with Haley in Chicago. The Chiefs also brought in another receiver from Arizona, Lance Long, to the practice squad. The Chiefs waived linebacker Turk McBride and wide receiver Rodney Wright. Although these are improvements, the Chiefs will need to bring in some offensive lineman. Left tackle Branden Albert allowed two sacks and right guard Mike Goff allowed one. I’m not pushing for the panic button asking for new players after one game just because of sacks, but the Chiefs offensive coordinator (we all know who that is), needs to be cautious and get ready to bring in linemen soon. The Chiefs did not provide the best protection for the backfield this past Sunday. Newly acquired defensive end for the Raiders, Richard Seymour, got off to a fast start this past Monday. Seymour and seven others are leading the NFL in sacks with two. This past Monday, the Raiders put Seymour on every position at defensive line. Seymour came through with sacks and applied pressure on Philip Rivers throughout the night in front of millions of people on ESPN. Without a doubt, the Raiders will place Seymour against the weakest Chief on the line of scrimmage. On episode 166 of “The Chiefs Zone,” I suggested that the Chiefs stick their 6-7 tight end on whatever side Seymour is on for most of the game. That way, the Chiefs will have protection and the offensive lineman will receive blocking help throughout the game against Seymour. Seymour will definitely be a game changer for the Raiders this year and will take advantage of his pass rushing abilities. How will Todd Haley prepare for the former three time Super Bowl champion?

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Chiefs/Eagles pregame

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 27-09-2009

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Early in the week, it was reported that Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson won’t play Sunday. The ESPN scrolling news ticker on the bottom says that he is questionable. To be honest with all of you, I have no idea what the deal is. I’ll assume he is out because that was the word from the Kansas City Chiefs PR. WR Dwayne Bowe is questionable and we’ll all find out momentarily if he can play or not. The Chiefs do have WR Bobby Wade, but if Bowe is gone, Wade will have to do a lot for the team due to Bowe’s absence. Bowe so far has been the best player on the team, despite he hasn’t gained many yards receiving. He’s caught a game-leading touchdown against Oakland and Baltimore.

This past week on CZ, my keys to the game were simply to play good football on all three phases of the game. But there have to be three key ones to pick and I’ve got those three.

Pass rush: Why did the Patriots lose to the Giants in the Super Bowl? Because Tom Brady got sacked five times. No, he never through an interception, however, sack-by-sack, Brady’s confidence continued to decline throughout the game, eventually giving the Giants the rings. Kevin Kolb is the (projected) starting QB due to Donavon McNabb’s injury. Despite throwing for over 391 yards, Kolb did threw two touchdowns and three interceptions, going 31/51. A young guy like Kolb may not get sacked a lot, instead, if the pass rush is applied, Kolb will complete passes to Brandon Flowers. I don’t expect the Eagles to pass heavy like they were last week.
Stop the run: This 3-4 defense did a fine job last week against two good running backs. Brian Westbrook may not be available. Whether he is or not, I imagine Andy Reid will try to keep the ball on the ground rather than forcing interceptions. The Chiefs need to be ready and play good defense all around.
Run LJ, RUN!: Larry Johnson and the rest of the running backs were used a lot last week. LJ had over 100 total yards from scrimmage while Dantrell Savage caught six passes, tied first on the team last week. Jackie Battle was also used on a couple occasions. Offensive coordinator (and head coach..) Todd Haley needs to fire LJ up and have him run over that Philadelphia defense.

I really do feel like this Chiefs team can pick up the win due to injuries sustained on McNabb, Westbrook and DeSean Jackson. Winning against an injured team isn’t much to brag over, but no matter how good or bad you are, you must take advantage of that. That’s the way it works in the NFL. If your opponents have key players on the sideline for the entire game, your being given a chance to draw first blood, and hopefully not allow the other team to unleash with their backups. I’ll pick Kansas City to win 20-17.

EDIT: These in-actives are official. Dwayne Bowe, Donavon McNabb, Brian Westbrook, Kevin Curtis.

DeSean Jackson will play. But here is the question I still propose: Can Kolb get the ball to him successfully? We’ll find out.

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