4 Things Chiefs Must Do to Win/Recap

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Keep the offense on the field

The Chiefs have been in the time of possession hole all season, but they’ve closed the gap lately and now are down 3 minutes, 12 seconds to their opponents. In the last two games, they’ve had an edge of six minutes or more in each outing, both victories. The Chargers have built a huge time of possession advantage in six games with a 7:52 edge for the season. The Chiefs cannot allow Philip Rivers and that offense to spend a lot of time on the field. Whether through the air or with the running game, Matt Cassel and the offense need to string together some long possessions and they must finish with points. FAILED – the Chargers ended the game with a time of possession advantage of over 5 minutes. Only in the second quarter and most importantly overtime did the Chiefs hold the ball longer than San Diego.


Grab special teams advantage

The Chargers had a horrible season in the kicking game last year. They’ve made a lot of changes in personnel, both coaching and playing, and they’ve stabilized the units, but they have not been able to produce much in their return game. Across the board, the numbers show the Chiefs kicking game has had a better season than San Diego. Last Sunday, the Chiefs controlled the special teams in a victory over Oakland. They need a similar type of performance against the Chargers. It happened last year when Dexter McCluster returned a punt 94 yards for a touchdown. The Chiefs need something of the same nature to help beat San Diego. PUSH – These teams played the kicking game pretty even throughout the night. The kickers and punters were the stars and head-to-head battles between Ryan Succop and Nick Novak, and then Dustin Colquitt and Mike Scifres came out pretty even.


Take the pass rush battle

The Chiefs defense has not racked up a lot of sacks this season with just six by three players in the first half-dozen games. That one per game average must improve. As for pass protection, they’ve allowed 10 sacks in 181 passing plays and that ranks them right in the middle of the league. On the other side, the Chargers have 10 sacks, but have given up 14. San Diego’s best pass rusher is OLB Shaun Phillips and he will not play in this game, giving the Chiefs an advantage with his absence. Those 14 sacks in 232 passing plays ranks the Chargers protection group near the middle of the league. A plus in the sack ratio in this game will mean points on the board for the Chiefs. FAILED – Both teams finished with 3 sacks each. According to press box stats, both teams had four other hits on the quarterback. The Chiefs needed to win this battle and they tied.


Take the turnover battle

The Chiefs were able to shutout Oakland last week thanks to six interceptions and a plus-4 in the turnover ratio. On the season, they are minus-1. That’s better than the Chargers who are minus-4. Todd Haley’s team has yet to recover an opponent’s fumble among the seven balls that were lost. The importance of turnovers and their effect on winning and losing can be summarized by these numbers: the Chiefs went 0-3 while turning the ball over 10 times in those games. They won the next three games due in part to just 2 giveaways. The Chargers have not scored a lot of points this year and every time the Chiefs can take the ball away will limit their chances to breakout in this game. FAILED – both teams had four turnovers in the game and while the final fumble of the Chargers was the most devastating, they all had an influence on the final score and the game’s outcome. How the Chiefs won in a game when they broke even in turnovers is hard to believe.


2 Responses to “4 Things Chiefs Must Do to Win/Recap”

  • November 1, 2011  - Craig says:

    There were obvious problems with offense. The game should have been out of reach by the first half, but the offense was sputtering. Im not sure if not getting the plays in on time interferred with Casssel or he is just that inaccurate, but the recievers made some incredible catches. The ball was high, low, wide, etc. Im glad we won for Cassel’s sake, but he was part of the problem the game was so close. The lack of offense hurt the defense, who defended the short end of the field the whole second half. Go Chiefs!

  • November 1, 2011  - Canada Brad says:

    Interesting to note that of the 4 things the Chiefs “must do to win”, they FAILED at 3 of them and the fourth was a PUSH.

    Yet they won … GO CHIEFS !!

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