Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 25-10-2009
Saturday was interesting. The Chiefs released their sixth round draft pick, WR Quentin Lawrence. If your not aware by now, GM Scott Pioli and head coach Todd Haley are not afraid to admit to making an error on the players they bring in. This is another case here. Replacing him will be Lance Long, who spent all of 2008 on the Cardinals practice squad.
The Chiefs return to Arrowhead Sunday, with more confidence after a road win, snapping their nine game losing streak. The Chargers lost on Monday Night Football at home against a divisional opponent (Broncos.) And with the short week of practice and having to travel from the west coast helps a little bit, but that won’t guarantee a win.
Here is what will guarantee a win for the Chiefs.
Keys to the game:
1. Pass rush on Rivers: The Chargers are ranked 32nd in the NFL in rushing (then again, the Chiefs are 25th running the ball.) Jon McGraw, who came through last week, will be starting instead of Jarrad Page. The Chiefs have to do what they did last year to Rivers. Simply force him to throw the ball when they don’t want him to. For anyone who saw the two contests last year, it was clear Kansas City outplayed San Diego, but in both games, the Chargers out-coached
the Chiefs, getting the last laugh in both games, winning by one point. The Chiefs need to limit Rivers.
2. Score every time you get a chance: Todd Haley has had his squad attempt to move the chains on fourth down 14 times, being successful 10 times (league high.) But Haley last week could have had the new MVP, Ryan Succop, kick a field goal early in the game last week, but instead forged the field goal and failed on a fourth down attempt. I understand Haley’s explanation, claiming that Succop struggled in pre-game kicking towards the direction they were heading, but in low scoring games like that, the Chiefs have to score every time they have a chance. Simply take advantage of what is given to you. We all know what happened against Oakland in week two before halftime. If the Redskins were to pull away with a win, I’m not sure how any fan would be patient with Todd Haley for a simple play call. He is very aggressive.
3. Move the chains on third down: Here is a solution for number two. How about the Chiefs convert on third down! The Chiefs have ran into 86 third down attempts (fourth highest in the league) and have converted only 18 times (league low. KC is behind San Francisco and Oakland, who have 20.) Third downs are one of the biggest keys for football teams. And with only 18 successful third downs, it should be no surprise as to why Kansas City has one win against an unimpressive Washington football team. For a cool stat fact, three of the top five teams in the NFL with the best third down percentage are undefeated (the Dolphins and Giants are the two who are not undefeated.)
This is a Chargers team that has struggled. I tried to be optimistic with this team, but I even said on CZ, don’t be surprised if this team cannot do well. Ever since Marty left, the Chargers record has gotten worse every year. One can wonder how long Norv Turner can get lucky. An amazing comeback for two years, being one of the best teams in the AFC in 2007 and last year, winning the AFC West with an eight-win record, and managing to find wins in the playoffs.
The Chargers are declining and Kansas City has to go out there and prove that fact. Kansas City wins 30-27.
Chiefs inactive list: CB Donald Washington, FS Jarrad Page, OT Branden Albert, WR Bobby Engram, TE Jake O’Connell, TE Brad Cottam and LB Pierre Walters. The inactive third quarterback is Matt Gutierrez.