Comparisons At The Quarter Pole … Friday Cup O’Chiefs

Without a doubt I think everyone on all sides of the various debates in the Chiefs Nation would agree that after four games, this year’s edition is improved over last year and more recent teams.

Just the 3-1 record is enough evidence, especially when considering that in the previous three seasons they started 0-4, 1-3 and 2-2. Remember that 2-2 start in 2007 was a team that was coming off an appearance in the AFC playoffs.

Thus, I think that’s a better comparison for the 2010 Chiefs after four games. Not last year’s 0-4 team; we already know they are better than that. But the last team to make the post-season, Herm Edwards team in 2006.

And just for fun, let’s throw in the numbers for the best teams of the last 15 years for the Chiefs. That would be the 1995, 1997 and 2003 teams that all finished 13-3, had home-field advantage in the playoffs and a week off to rest up.

We all know what happened there – they lost by three, four and seven points and went home and watched the rest of the tournament.

This is not to say that the ’10 Chiefs are on their way to a 13-3 season.  

They haven’t shown themselves to be that powerful just yet. But given the way their defense has started this season, the odds are better that they can reach the double-digit victories they will probably need to assure themselves a ticket to the post-season. Of the five teams we are comparing over the opening four weeks of the season, only the ’06 team allowed fewer points (52) than what the ’10 defense has given up with 57 points. However, among those five teams, none had scored just 77 points like this year’s squad. The previous low was also that ’06 game that scored 80 points.

Here are the numbers. Look them over and we’ll meet you at the end.

OVERALL

Category

2010

2006

2003

1997

1995

Record

3-1

2-2

4-0

3-1

3-1

At Home

2-0

1-1

2-0

1-0

2-0

On Road

1-1

1-1

2-0

2-1

1-1

NFL Rank in Offensive Yards

24

18

9

18

15

NFL Rank in Defensive Yards

16

4

18

26

14

Opponents Record

6-14

9-9

6-10

9-7

8-7

Avg. Opp. Rank in Off. Yards

13

17

12

8

18

Avg. Opp. Rank in Def. Yards

16

23

16

14

20

Point Differential

+20

+28

+69

+12

+15

Turnover Differential

+1

E

+8

+4

+3

Penalties/Yards

18/143

17/145

19/140

32/293

30/241

OFFENSE

Category

2010

2006

2003

1997

1995

TDs Scored

6

7

12

7

9

First Downs

62

75

80

68

73

Total Offensive Plays

240

251

247

237

265

Avg. Net Yards

306.8

299.8

340.8

316.8

334

Avg. Rushing Yards

148.8

105.5

146.8

121.3

119

Per Carry

4.5

3.5

4.5

4.7

4.2

Avg. Passing Yards

158

194.3

194

195.5

215

Avg. Per Attempt

6.13

7.22

7.59

6.59

6.10

Attempts/Completions

106/58

119/84

109/69

126/71

147/95

Completion %

54.7%

70.6%

63.3%

56.3%

64.6%

Sacks Allowed

3

11

8

7

5

TD Passes

4

5

4

6

8

Had Intercepted

3

1

5

2

3

Total Giveaways

4

7

6

5

5

Third-Down Percentage

28%

40%

42%

30%

28%

Avg. Time of Possession

28:48

31:12

31:04

27:15

30:36

DEFENSE

Category

2010

2006

2003

1997

1995

TDs Allowed

6

4

6

7

7

Defensive TDs scored

1

0

2

2

1

First Downs Allowed

65

58

71

82

76

Total Defensive Plays

266

236

251

281

257

Avg. Net Yards Allowed

320

254.3

313.5

364

317.3

Avg. Rushing Yards Given Up

80.5

106.5

108.3

97.5

113.8

Per Carry

3.2

3.6

4.5

3.5

3.8

Avg. Passing Yards Allowed

239.5

147.8

205.3

266.5

203.5

Avg. Per Attempt Against

6.43

5.92

6.22

7.43

6.84

Attempts/Completions

156/87

109/64

144/85

157/82

127/75

Completion %

55.8%

58.7%

59%

52.2%

59.1%

Sacks

9

9

11

12

10

TD Passes Against

4

2

5

4

4

Intercepted

3

4

10

8

3

Total Takeaways

5

7

14

9

8

Opp. Third-Down Percentage

32%

24%

32%

36%

37%

Avg. Time of Possession

31:13

28:48

28:56

32:45

29:24

SPECIAL TEAMS

Category

2010

2006

2003

1997

1995

Touchdowns

1

1

3

1

1

Touchdowns Allowed

0

0

0

0

0

FGA-FGM

9/7

9/8

3/3

8/7

8/6

PATs

8-8

8/8

17/16

8/7

10/10

Gross Punting Avg.

42.7

46.7

40.3

45.2

45.5

Net Punting Avg.

40

40.8

33.3

39.8

38.6

Kickoff Return Avg.

21

25.6

35.5

31.3

26.9

Punt Return Avg.

15.4

12.4

17.1

9

6.4

Kickoff Coverage Avg.

14.5

22.8

22.9

24.5

22.2

Punt Return Coverage Avg.

4.2

5.3

7.3

9.4

10.7

Blocked FG-PAT-Punts For

0

1

0

0

0

Blocked FG-PAT-Punts Against

0

0

0

0

0

I must admit to being a bit surprised when I reviewed these numbers. When it comes to defense and special teams, the 2010 Chiefs are a match and in some categories better than those previous post-season teams. That’s two-thirds of the team and their attack. I never would have guessed that.

Not surprisingly from watching the first four games, the same cannot be said about the offense, which is lagging behind previous teams and is not producing the yardage or points to keep the victory trend going. Offensively, they need more touchdowns, first downs and completions. They need to be better on third down and that will help improve time of possession. The defense is good, but they are going to get worn out if they continue to stay on the field as long as they have been in the season’s first quarter.

Fixing third down and being more productive on first down must be the top priorities for the ’10 team if they want to recreate their 3-1 record in coming quarters of the season.

Defensively, the ’10 Chiefs need to force more turnovers, something those previous post-season teams were always able to do. More interceptions and fumble recoveries will have a domino effect on the team, leading to fewer snaps for the defense, more opportunities for the offense and help in controlling field position.

In the kicking game, the current team needs to generate a higher average on kickoff returns. That will help in the field position battle as well. Right now they are a good four yards behind what those other teams did, especially Dante Hall with that 2003 team that averaged 14.5 yards more per kickoff. It’s time to put Javier Arenas back as the primary kickoff returner.

NFL PERSONNEL FILE FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14

  • COWBOYS – signed OT Jermey Parnell off the Saints practice squad.
  • LIONS – released injured LB Spencer Havner (hamstring).

4 Responses to “Comparisons At The Quarter Pole … Friday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • October 15, 2010  - BayouCityChief says:

    For any of y’all planning to attend the game Sunday, the new tailgating policy should make it a better experience than the last game at Reliant.

    I barely avoided getting jumped in the parking lot last go around.


  • October 15, 2010  - Jimbo says:

    The 2003 squad was by far the most exciting team to watch. Explosive is an understatement. We scored at will & the defense was good enough to secure alot of victories. That being said, we were eye candy on offense & average at best on defense.

    Good to great defenses win alot of games & ultimately reach deeper into the playoffs. The Chiefs are a good defense this year & continue to progress. With the exception of Vrabel & Smith Derrick Johnson is the old guy. Many of our expensive & talented #1 picks are starting to play like we hoped they would. It would be hard to argue that the Chiefs will be contenders for many years to come.

    Our offense on the other hand is still a work in progress. If we can get some sort of reliable passing game going, the sky is the limit.

    Our special teams at this point are rock solid & like Bob eluded to, our kick return yardage is the only category that needs improvement.

    I truly believe our team is for real this year & my confidence in them increases weekly. Barring any health issues, we have no excuse in not making the playoffs this year & for that matter, many years to come. I’m enjoying the ride thus far & look forward to each & every Sunday, not just hoping we can avoid embarrassing ourselves(like the last few seasons) but competing & winning games. Just like the old days.
    Go Chiefs.


  • October 15, 2010  - jim says:

    Sitting here waiting for the Offensive Light bulb to come on. We’re due. Hope it happens this week.

    Go Chiefs, and let’s stop their run game so the “kids in the back yard” can have some fun.


  • October 16, 2010  - Graig says:

    Anyone else questioning how our long snapper is in the above picture? How is he celebrating in the end zone? Did he run on the field from the sideline or what?




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