• This is the 10th regular season meeting between these teams.
  • The Chiefs have won six of the previous nine regular season games with one tie. The last time these teams met was in 2007 when QB Brett Favre led a second-half comeback and beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium 33-22. Favre threw for 360 yards and two touchdowns in that game.
  • At Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs own a 3-2 record against the Packers, picking up victories in 1977, 1993 and 1996, while losing in 1987 and 2007.
  • The Chiefs and Packers met in the first AFL-NFL Championship Game, now known as the Super Bowl. Green Bay walked away with a 35-10 victory over the representative from the upstart American Football League. The teams met on January 15, 1967 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in a game that was not sold out.
  • One of the Chiefs most recent memorable victories against the Packers came at Lambeau Field in October 2003. They won 40-34 in overtime, on an extra period touchdown pass from QB Trent Green to WR Eddie Kennison.
  • The Chiefs and Packers have met in quite a few different stadiums over the years, ranging from Lambeau Field and Arrowhead Stadium, to Milwaukee County Stadium, the Los Angeles Coliseum and in preseason games at the Tokyo Dome (1998) and Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio at the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2007).


Make something happen in kicking game

Like all aspects of the Packers, their work on special teams has been very good this year. Rookie Randall Cobb ahs returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns. Their kicker Mason Crosby is strong and punter Tim Masthay is serviceable. One spot where they’ve dropped the ball is dropping the ball, as Cobb has lost three fumbles this season. That might be a spot where the Chiefs can turn the tide … knocking the ball out of Cobb’s hands and take it in for a touchdown. To win, the Chiefs need plays like that.


Protect Orton

With Kyle Orton getting his first start with the Chiefs it’s hard to forget his first play, two weeks ago against Chicago when he dislocated his right index finger. That came on a flea-flicker pass where a blitzing Bears safety was in Orton’s lap as he threw the ball away. Pass protection has been poor in recent weeks. That doesn’t bode well for Orton finishing the game. Overall, the Chiefs have given up 33 sacks, with 11 coming in the last four games. The Packers have 27 sacks on the season, led by LB Clay Matthews with a half-dozen. Orton is going to be rusty since he hasn’t played in months, so it’s imperative that the pass protection allows him time to get his feet wet.


Fix the running game

The Chiefs are 15th in rushing yards per game right now, averaging 116.4 yards per game. But anyone who has watched the Chiefs offense in recent weeks knows the running game is broken. The three-headed run game of Jackie Battle-Thomas Jones-Dexter McCluster is not getting the job done. Some of that is their fault, more of that is the fault of the blocking in front of them. Green Bay gives up an average of 106 rushing yards per game, ranking them No. 12 in the league. The best defense against the Packers explosive offense is to limit their possessions. The only way the Chiefs can make that happen is by getting their running game out of the mud and into the race.


Play the perfect game

The Chiefs chances of winning this game depend entirely on them playing without mistakes. That’s right, none. No turnovers, no sacks, no penalties, no mental errors – it’s an impossible task. Coaches and teams have been searching for the perfect game of football for more than a century and it’s never been found. The Chiefs are not going to find it on this Sunday against the Packers. But it’s their only hope of beating a superior team. At no time this season have the Chiefs played with the type of precision necessary to beat a team like the Packers. The final score will be dictated by the number of mistakes Romeo Crennel and his team make. Limit them, and the score won’t get out of hand and anything can happen. Make them at the normal rate for the Chiefs, and the Packers can name their winning margin.


  • December 17, 2011  - Chuck says:

    Yes, Iam being negative but it is really hard to imagine the Chiefs being in this one. The Pack is averaging something around 35 points a game. And we are somewhere around 13 or so. If we were to pull this one off it would be our own personal super bowl victory!!!!

  • December 17, 2011  - el cid says:

    I know it is hard but there is a chance, a reasonable chance. Crennel will not be playing mind games with his boss. The offense needs to run and run, eat up the clock. The defense needs to play on a level not seen this year. I am talking about a single digit event. If we cannot keep the GB offense off the field, we are dead.

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