Five Things Chiefs Need Done Tonight – Update

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There are a lot of agendas on the line Friday night when the Chiefs host the Rams in pre-season game No. 3. Here’s my list of the five most important things they need to get done with their No. 1 units and key contributors:

5. The K.C. defense has given up 4.4 yards per carry in the preseason and an average of 126.5 per game going into Friday’s game vs. the Rams. Improved defense against the run is one of the team’s highest goals for the 2011 season. Last year, they allowed 4.3 yards per carry. So far this pre-season, the Rams have averaged 106.5 yards per game and 3.4 yards per carry.  RESULT – The Rams ran 40 times for 170 yards, a 4.3-yard per carry average. Chiefs failed.

 4. On special teams, the Chiefs have hoped to find returner alternatives to Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas. Going into Friday’s game, they have averaged 2.3 yards on punt returns and 20 yards on kickoff returns and a long return of 26 yards. The player with the most opportunities has been CB Quinten Lawrence, but one kickoff return and three punt returns has produced 30 yards. RESULT -  A total of 3 returns for one, nine and 22 yards. Chiefs failed.

3. TE Tony Moeaki has not been a factor in two preseason games and that must change if the Chiefs offense is going to be consistent and productive. Moeaki has not caught a pass. There are six TEs on the roster now and they’ve caught one pass in two games, that by the now-injured Jake O’Connell and it went for 5 yards.  RESULT – Moeaki did not have a catch, while Leonard Pope-Cody Slate-Charlie Gantt had 4 catches for 78 yards. Slate got a 32-yard TD. Chiefs were successful.

2. In the remaining two preseason games the defense needs to make some big plays. So far, they have no interceptions, no fumble recoveries and five sacks in 73 passing plays, none by a starter. It’s time for OLB Tamba Hali, ILB Derrick Johnson and SS Eric Berry to make something happen. RESULT – they picked up two INTs and a sack. Chiefs were successful.

1. Possibly the most important thing the Chiefs can do Friday night against St. Louis is score points. In 10 preseason games under head coach Todd Haley, they’ve scored nine offensive TDs and no more than 17 points in any single game. That’s why they were 1-9 in the outcome of those games. Pre-season or not, one TD in two games isn’t good at any time.  RESULT – another game with one TD and only 10 points. Chiefs failed.

4 Responses to “Five Things Chiefs Need Done Tonight – Update”

  • August 26, 2011  - ChuckP says:

    6 tight ends on the roster. Sounds like a little overkill to me. I know its “just pre-season” but I must say in the first 2 games the offense really looked bad. Shut out by Tampa Bay and 13 points against the Ravens. We have such a tough schedule this year that one can’t help but think it might be a very loooong year.

  • August 26, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    I’d love to see Cassel complete a quick slant to anyone.

  • August 26, 2011  - CanadaBrad says:

    So much of an NFL offense these days is based on match-ups and the Chiefs do not seem to be paying any attention to possible match-up advantages (which we have a few). I am not that concerned right now. By October? I may be … but not right now.

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