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Chiefs/Cowboys (Texans/Cowboys) pregame

With the way this Chiefs team has performed this year, its apparent that the Chiefs have to rely on deactivated players from the opposing team. This week, the Cowboys number one kick returner and leader in receiving yards will sit out for todays old school game. The Cowboys offense will have some setbacks without Felix Jones and Roy Williams. They’ll have to rely highly on Marion Barber, Tashard Choice, Patrick Crayton and Jason Witten. Witten, the leader in receptions for the Cowboys and only two yards behind Williams. Crayton has also been a key asset as well for the Cowboys receiving core this year. Barber is not going to be able to take all the carries for the Cowboys. Choice has struggled a little bit this year while trying to fill in for Barber. The Chiefs have limited their key injuries heading into this game, that means its time for the Chiefs to take advantage of the injuries and woes of the Cowboys. –Keys to the game 1. LSU Ends–Glenn Dorsey and rookie Tyson Jackson, both defensive ends that played in LSU (also, Dorsey was the first Chiefs pick in the 2008 draft while Tyson was the first pick in 2009 for the Chiefs), will need to step up. They have been very quite ever since they’ve entered the NFL. Both players have a combined 13 tackles (11 Dorsey, 2 Jackson) and no sacks. Despite the Cowboys have a strong offensive line, Tony Romo cannot handle pressure. It’s been proven ever since he has came off the bench to become the number one quarterback for the Cowboys. 2. Flowers pick 6–Brandon Flowers has been quiet this season so far in his three games with one key interception early in vs the Giant last week before New York put the game away. Flowers could be a game changer if Romo cannot make the right decisions, especially with Williams out. 3. Two minute drill–As mentioned before, Romo simply cannot get the job done while under pressure. If Romo has to put together a game winning drive, then the Chiefs defense will need to hold. This game will come down to Tony Romo and whether or not he can play under pressure in one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL. The Chiefs offense should put some points on the score board. The defense will have to come through and limit the Cowboys offense in scoring. Gameday Inactives CHIEFS 15 Matt Gutierrez – 3rd QB 14 WR Quinten Lawrence 23 CB Mike Richardson 29 RB Dantrell Savage 60 G/T Ikechuku Ndukwe 84 WR Bobby Engram 85 TE Jake O’Connell 97 LB Pierre Walters   COWBOYS 7 Stephen McGee – 3rd QB 11 WR Roy Williams 28 RB Felix Jones 36 S Michael Hamlin 43 S Gerald Sensabaugh 64 G Montrae Holland 77 T Pat McQuistan 98 LB Curtis Johnson

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Chiefs/Raiders pregame

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 15-11-2009

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This afternoon, the Chiefs are facing the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have won the previous three meetings at Arrowhead Stadium, however, Kansas City has not lost to Oakland at the Black Hole since 2002. That was the final regular season game with a majority of the AFC still in contention to make the playoffs. The Raiders drenched Kansas City’s dream under the rain in a 24-0 shut out. Since then, the Chiefs have not lost at Oakland since 2003.

I feel Kansas City can keep that up. Despite getting humiliated by Oakland in week two, Todd Haley has a more focused team without Larry Johnson. The team also has added more power to their receiving core with Chris Chambers in the mix. The Chiefs will also feature running backs Jamaal Charles and Kolby Smith in this game. Despite fumbling the ball, Charles has been effective running the ball due to the speed he brings to the game. Smith has a good history against the Raiders. His first NFL debut consisted him of running 150 yards off of 30 carries against the Raiders.

The Raiders are dealing with many issues on and off the field, mainly surrounding head coach, Tom Cable. Jamarcus Russell has been negatively consistent throughout the season. He’s only thrown two touchdowns and nine interceptions. Russell completed only seven passes against the Chiefs in week two, however, more than 50% of his completions came in the game winning drive for the Raiders.

Cable seems to be very obsessed with Russell as Russell has thrown the ball 182 times and has been sacked 23 times with an even 1,000 yards passing. Giving him an atrocious 48.3 QB rating.

There is only one key in this game for the Chiefs. Simply apply the pass rush on Russell. If outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Mike Vrabel can get to him, Russell will eventually be forced to make passes that Cable does not want to see. It will either force a turnover or three-and-outs. Allowing the Chiefs to win the time of possession battle. The only question remains, how will Todd Haley mange his football team when they have the football? The Chiefs worked with their new offense last week. Can we see an improvement this week? That will be up to Haley’s play calling. I’ll give Kansas City the small victory, hoping Haley, Cassel and everyone else has learned from their errors in week two.

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