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Chiefs/Redskins pre-game

It must happen today. As the Redskins head into week six, facing their sixth straight winless opponent, the Chiefs must find a way to add the number one in the win column. The Chiefs will be without safety Jarrad Page. I’m interested to see how Jon McGraw and DaJuan Morgan do when they take over. Left tackle, Branden Albert, will also be out. I hate to say it, but that may be a good thing. Backup center and guard, Wade Smith, will take over Albert’s spot like he did last week. He did very well in that position in which he has not played for in a while. The numbers don’t lie, but they must be fake. Washington is ranked sixth in the NFL in points allowed and fifth in total defense. Again, those are all against opposing teams with no victories. (The only good team on that schedule were the New York Giants, who were obviously winless heading into week one while facing the Redskins.) I’d like to see the Chiefs expose their offense and prove to the NFL that those numbers are not real. The Redskins have struggled this year against the run, ranked 22nd in the league. I’d like to see Larry Johnson and Jamaal Charles run through the Redskins defense. On a side note, Larry Johnson ran the ball 21 times and mustered 37 yards. It may be best in Todd Haley’s case to open his eyes and realize that if LJ struggles the first 20 carries (or even the first 15 or 10 carries,) then it may be best in his interest to give Jamaal Charles a chance, who has a 5.1 yard per carry average off of 15 carries, or abandon the run and stick with the passing game. We’ll see how much aggressiveness Haley and the Chiefs bring to FedEx field. Keys to the game: 1–Tamba the Monster: This season, I’ve been focused on the pass rush and the defensive backs to come through, instead, they haven’t. Linebacker, Tamba Hali, has 14 tackles and two forced fumbles (both on QB sacks.) Haley should use Hali as the number one pass rusher. Simply have Hali blitz once the Redskins offensive line gets distracted and begin blocking the quiet trio of defensive ends, Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson and Tank Tyler/Ron Edwards at the defensive tackle spot spot. Yes, that means use the weak defensive line as a decoy. Oh yeah, offensive tackle, Chris Samuels is out for the Redskins. 2–The Decoy Show: The Redskins pass defense, ranked fifth in the league, will be keeping their eye on Dwayne Bowe. Redskins cornerback, DeAngelo Hall, is the only Redskin with an interception this year. He has three on the season and will be matched up against Bowe, who has three touchdowns in four games this season. Bowe has a tough challenge against him. But Hall will be receiving help, adding a double team on Bowe. Bowe will have to distract the Washington defensive backs and take them away from the field and allow Bobby Wade to catch some passes and get extra yards after the catch. This is similar to the time when Tony Gonzalez always distracted the defense and made every player cover him, allowing other receivers get wide open. 3–Run, Jamaal, Run!: Maybe if LJ is injured and if he plays in the running game, then yes. But Jamaal Charles will need to be a key asset in the kick return game. This will be a low scoring game in which both offenses may go three-and-outs a lot. Charles will need to come through with a pair of big returns to give the Chiefs good field position. Kansas City should be able to win this football game, if they don’t, then this will be a longer season than the way it looked before. The Redskins offense has struggled on the season. They’ve not scored more than 17 points this season against these winless teams. Yes, Kansas City is a winless team also, but I still like KC’s chances. I’m picking Kansas City to win in a 20-10 low scoring game. Chiefs — WR Quinten Lawrence, CB Donald Washignton, FS Jarrad Page, LT Branden Albert, TE Jake O’Connel, TE Brad Cottam and LB Pierre Walters. Serving as the inactive third quarterback is Matt Gutierrez. Redskins — P Hunter Smith, CB Kevin Barnes, RB Anthony Alrdige, OT Chris Samuels, LB Robert Henson, G Chand Rinehart, WR Marko Mitchell and DT Anthony Montgomery. The Redskins have just two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster. The backup for starter Jason Campbell is former Chiefs backup QB Todd Collins.

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Chiefs/Giants pregame

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 04-10-2009

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Here we are one year later. Yes, the lovely Arrowhead magic that now occurs every once in a while rather than every home game. The Chiefs, who were 0-3, snapped their 12 game losing streak against the 3-0 Denver Broncos at home. This year, the 0-3 Chiefs, losers of seven straight dating back to December, will host the 3-0 New York Giants. Will history repeat itself? Let’s not push it. Remember, the Broncos have choked twice in the past three seasons while starting off with a good record. This is the New York Giants we’re talking about. They are still the same Giants team that won the Super Bowl, despite Michael Strahan retiring and Plaxico Burress released by the team. This Giants team still comes out strong and have very good depth. Eli Manning has evolved himself into an elite quarterback as well.

The Chiefs will need to take advantage of New York’s weaknesses, and there obviously aren’t many.

Keys to the game:

Run the ball: I don’t care who it is. Larry Johnson, Jamaal Charles or Jackie Battle. The running backs will need to be very consistent against this 20th ranked run defense. Ryan O’Callaghan will start for the Chiefs at right tackle. Can he help Kansas City do well in the running game? That is a question we’ll have the answer to shortly.
No interceptions: Matt Cassel has a 3-to-2 TD-to-INT ratio in his two games so far. The Giants have five interceptions so far on the season and are ranked number one against the pass. The $60+ million quarterback will need to take advantage of Dwayne Bowe returning. Yes, I said it, Bowe will play! Hopefully Cassel can hook up with Wade and Bowe in the endzone. It will be a very tough task.

We can all sit here and hope for the Arrowhead magic to return this afternoon in Kansas City, but its best if we wait for another day.

Giants win this 41-10.

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