4 THINGS THE CHIEFS MUST DO TO BEAT DETROIT

HISTORY

  • This is the 12th meeting between these teams with very different backgrounds. The Lions came into the NFL in 1934 after four seasons as the Portsmouth Spartans. The Chiefs were born as the Dallas Texans in 1960.
  • The Chiefs hold a 7-4 edge in the series.
  • Most recent meeting was in 2007 at Ford Field in Detroit, that the Lions won 25-20.
  • The most recent victory for the Chiefs was in 2003 at Arrowhead Stadium, 45-17.
  • Last time the Chiefs won in Detroit was Thanksgiving Day 1996 at the Pontiac Silverdome, 28-24. That was the game Marcus Allen scored his NFL record setting 101 rushing touchdown.

4

HOLD THE BALL

After points scored, the turnover ratio is the No. 1 statistics for deciding who wins and who loses football games. It’s not infalliable, but it’s a good 75 percent plus advantage to winning for the team that’s on the plus side of the turnovers. The Chiefs ended up on the negative side last week against Buffalo, minus-2 to be exact. The 34-point outcome was more than just the two fumbles and an interception.

 But when Dexter McCluster coughed up the opening kickoff, it set the tone for the afternoon. Last year, one of the keys to the Chiefs division championship was their ability to protect the ball. They fumbled just 15 times, less than once a game. They lost only six of those. They’ve already lost two in one game. The 2011 Chiefs are not good enough to giveaway possession of the ball.

3

PLAY SMART, FUNDAMENTAL FOOTBALL

Protecting the ball falls into this category as well, but the Chiefs must play the game the way they are taught and the way they have played before. That’s remaining fundamentally sound, not breaking from the scheme, not trying to be Superman and win the game themselves. It’s working together and believing in what they are doing. Yes, I know that all sounds like a bunch of football pabulum but it’s hugely important. There was no cohesion and there are a lot of excuses that could be made for it happening, but the fact is until the Chiefs get on the same page and work together, it’s going to be a disappointing system. This is especially important on defense, and truly important against a Lions team that has some unique weapons. Fundamental football is the only way to win a game like this one.

2

PROTECT CASSEL

The Chiefs offense has been struggling for some time and part of that can be traced to poor protection for QB Matt Cassel when he’s throwing the ball. Some of this falls to the passer as well, but Cassel has been taken down far too many times. The Bills defense is not one that will rack up a lot of sacks, but they dropped him twice in 38 pass plays. That’s not way out of line, in any fashion. But the Lions present a different matter, with the type of pressure that can come from Kyle Vanden Bosch and the big stud inside, Ndamukong Suh. If Cassel goes down, so do the Chiefs chances for victory.

1

RUN THE BALL

There’s no doubt what the offensive personality of this Chiefs team is – they run the ball. If they can’t run the ball, they can’t win. They are not that good a passing team, Cassel is not that good a quarterback and the protection is not good enough to keep the Lions defense off the passer enough to zoom the ball up and down the field. If they are going to win, they must run. Last week they got 108 rushing yards on 18 carries. That’s an average of six yards per carry, which is pretty darn good. But two of those runs produced 45 yards. That means the other 16 averaged just 3.9 yards per carry. Whether it’s Jamaal Charles, Thomas Jones, Dexter McCluster, Le’Ron McClain or all of the above, they must run. That requires the offensive line controlling the point of attack.


One Response to “4 THINGS THE CHIEFS MUST DO TO BEAT DETROIT”

  • September 17, 2011  - aPauled says:

    Big day for Jon Asamoah to show us what’s he got. Good size, good strength, bit of nasty…just what the Chiefs need against Suh. Now let’s see if Asamoah is up to the challenge with some help from the crafty Wiegmann.

    Matt Cassel and the Chiefs O…football games started 5 weeks ago and they started counting last week. Just Say’n.




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