4 Things Chiefs Must Do To Beat Dolphins

HISTORY

  • These teams have met 27 times before after they both came into pro football as members of the American Football League. The Dolphins have won 15 of those 27 games to date.
  • The last time these teams played was in 2008, under brutally cold weather conditions at Arrowhead Stadium, Miami won 38-31 despite Chiefs QB Tyler Thigpen throwing for 320 yards and two TD passes.
  • The last time the Chiefs beat the Dolphins was in October 2005, when they took a 30-20 victory in an unusual Friday night game. The NFL moved the game from Sunday to Friday because of the approaching Hurricane Wilma.
  • The Chiefs and Dolphins have played three times in the playoffs, with Miami winning all three including the memorable Christmas Day game in 1971 at Kansas City’s now gone Municipal Stadium. The Dolphins won 27-24 in double-overtime in a game where there were 13 Pro Football Hall of Famers on the field.

4

Another victory needed in kicking game

One of the keys to the Chiefs winning streak has been their ability to get solid play out of their special teams. That must continue against the Dolphins, who have not done much in the return game (longest return/42 yards), but also have not given up much (longest return allowed/43 yards). Miami has a solid kicking duo in K Dan Carpenter (15 of 18 on FGs) and P Brandon Fields (49.2-yard gross/41.6-yard net). Overall the stats show the Chiefs with a slight edge in the kicking game and they must take advantage of that and affect field position.

3

Play smart

The Dolphins come into Sunday as the least penalized team in the league, with just 31 flags walked off against them for 274 yards. The next closest team has 35 penalties. The Chiefs have been hit with 46 penalties on the season, right about the league average of 47.8. But in the last two games they’ve picked up 19 flags, far too high a number for a team that plays with such a slim margin of victory to begin with each game. It didn’t hurt them because their opponents had a total of 26 penalties. In their four-game winning streak, they are plus-6 in penalties.

2

Win the turnover battle

In the last two games, the Chiefs had 10 takeaways that all were key factors to their victories over Oakland and San Diego. Over seven games they are minus-1 in the turnover ratio. Defensively, they must continue to take the ball away, while they must do a far better job of protecting it than they did against the Chargers (four giveaways). The Dolphins stand at minus-8 on the season and the biggest reason is the fact they have just four takeaways on the season (2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered). Finishing plus in turnovers is always huge for the Chiefs if they hope to win.

1

Keep throwing to setup the run

In their four-game win streak, the Chiefs have successfully thrown the ball in the first half, and saved the running game for the second half. They need to continue that trend against Miami’s No. 27 pass defense (giving up an average of 270.7 yards per game). Only Indianapolis with 15 has allowed more than the 14 TD passes given up by the Dolphins. Matt Cassel needs to strike early in the game. In the winning streak, the play calling is 54% pass/46% run. Overall, it’s 52% run/48% pass. Success in throwing will be the fastest way of opening things up and jump starting the run game. That will help close a big deficit in time of possession, where they are 3 minutes, 14 seconds in the hole.


4 Responses to “4 Things Chiefs Must Do To Beat Dolphins”

  • November 5, 2011  - TDKC says:

    Agree about throwing to setup the run. Get a lead then run the ball to win the game.


  • November 5, 2011  - KC_Guy says:

    With Vontae Davis out throwing the ball early is a must. Who do the Dolphs have to cover THREE potent WR?

    Next: Keep Moore uncomfortable. He’s 1-4 in TD-INT. Chase him around the field and make him throw more INTs.

    However: That requires to shut down the Dolph’s run. Daniel Thomas’ status is still up in the air (my belief: IF he plays AT ALL he’ll be limited) – so it’s about stopping Reggie Bush dead cold in his tracks early on.


  • November 5, 2011  - Michael says:

    After watching the Giants game, Bush got free more than a few times, and if Thomas plays it could give them a nice one two punch. The fins have been leading at halftime, running in the second half and then stumbling.

    Get the lead first, let Battle do his thing, than sit back and pick off pass after pass.


  • November 6, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Hopefully Haley can get his $30mil under the cap team to play above their talent level again.




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