4 Things For The Chiefs To Do At Lambeau

From Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

It was an odd off-season and it has been an odd training camp and pre-season for the National Football League.

And especially for the Kansas City Chiefs.

All that will be put behind them tonight after four quarters of play against the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. Or, at least some guys wearing the Packers uniforms. It would be a surprise if guys like QB Aaron Rodgers gets on the field tonight. Green Bay opens the regular season a week from tonight against New Orleans.

Even as the end of the pre-season is near, there are items on the to-do list that the Chiefs need to get done to make entry into the regular season smoother and with more confidence. They are:


Score Some Damn Points

It’s the No. 1 statistic in any game or sport and the Chiefs need to figure out how to get on the scoreboard with a bit more frequency than the 7.7 points per game they are averaging in the 2011 pre-season. It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that they are the lowest scoring team in the league. Under Todd Haley’s direction, the pre-season Chiefs have never topped 17 points. They’ve reached that “height” twice, both times last year and they did it against the Packers, in the only pre-season game the team has won under Haley. If this team lost the game 24-21 would make it a step forward. RESULTS – The 19 points they scored against the Packers is the most pre-season points the Chiefs have scored under Todd Haley in 12 games. Successful – sort of.


Defensive Front Needs to Establish Line of Scrimmage

There are as many philosophies on playing defense in the NFL as there are coordinators. Whether the coach wants the defensive front to play on the opponent’s side of the line of scrimmage, or to hold firm at the snap and then read and react, the idea is to take over. The Chiefs haven’t been able to do that, not with No. 1 defense, or the second and third team. Until that gets straightened out, this defense will be suspect because opponents will be able to run the ball. That’s got to stop and Thursday night is a good a time as any to get that done. RESULTS – Overall, they allowed only 3.8 yards per carry and picked up a pair of sacks. Green Bay had only 133 total offensive yards. But 56 yards came on the first possession against Green Bay’s No. 1 offense. Successful – sort of.


Don’t Overreact To Bad Offense

There’s no question that the very poor offensive performance of the pre-season causes some concerns. The Chiefs should take every opportunity to work on the problems. But, the final pre-season game is not a time to go overboard. Todd Haley has resisted the urge to change things and he should continue to do so against the Packers. Yes, the starters should get on the field, including QB Matt Cassel, RB Jamaal Charles and C Casey Wiegmann. But their play time should match the first pre-season game. A series, maybe two, and then out. The offense needs fixed, but it won’t happen in one night at Lambeau. RESULTS – Haley said the plan all along was to play the veterans into the fourth quarter. We’ll take him at his word, but there were too many starters out there in the fourth quarter that should not have been there. Failed.


Just Win Baby!

Sorry to steal the identification line of Darth Raider, but a victory would be a wonderful thing for the Chiefs, whether it was against the 2011 Packers, or the Vikings of nearby St. Norbert College. In 51 seasons of play, the Chiefs have gone winless in the pre-season only four times, in all cases their record was 0-4:





Reg. Season

















Yes, Thursday night’s game and outcome will quickly be forgotten. But there’s nothing wrong with winning. It’s a habit and one the Chiefs need to establish. Counting the last regular season game of 2010 and the playoffs, they have now lost 5 in a row. RESULTS – make that six in a row now, with Oakland, Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, St. Louis and now Green Bay. Todd Haley is 1-11 all-time in the pre-season. Failed.

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