Numbers – Chicago

Saw something Sunday you don’t see all that often from the Chiefs – seven sacks in a game. It was the most in 13 years (10 against the Raiders in September of 1998). It also provided the pressure that helped lead to three interceptions that helped lead to the 10-3 win.

The Chiefs defense has turned in some stellar numbers:

  • No third-down conversions allowed
  • Fourth quarter shutout for the fourth straight game.
  • Three interceptions.
  • Dating to Nov. 1, the Chiefs are allowing 161.2 net passing yards per game, best in the NFL in that time frame.

All I can say about that is . . . good thing because they are getting next to no help from the offense.

Against the Jets, the defense needs to come up with a similar effort and rattle quarterback Mark Sanchez in the same fashion that they harassed Caleb Hanie. In two starts, Hanie has almost as bad of numbers as the Chiefs Tyler Palko – two touchdowns and six interceptions. He has been sacked 11 times.

And the Chiefs defense turned this performance in after Bears starter Matt Forte went out with a knee injury. In his absence, the Chiefs got gashed for just three big runs and stuffed the Bears for no yards on a third-and-1 conversion attempt.

DEFENSE

Opp. Rushing

Runs/Yds* 

3-less 

4-plus 

Big play 

Def. Succ.*

Avg. 

Bears 

24-93 

14 

10 

11 

3.91 

* Caleb Hanie’s 3-yard scramble isn’t considered for average purposes.

Opp.Passing

Total

Less than 7 

7-10 yards 

10-plus 

Avg/Att* 

Bears 

11-24-133-0T-3I 

4.29 

Chiefs sacks by down

Game 

First 

Second 

Third 

Total

Passing situation* 

Bears 

Season 

20 

15 

*Passing situation defined as second- or third-and-long (more than 6), two-minute drill or second half when down by more than two scores.

OFFENSE

As good as the defense was, the offense was just as inept – save Palko’s lack of interceptions this past week.

One of the most misleading numbers in the NFL is the Chiefs rank as the ninth best rushing team in the NFL. They average 120.7 yards per game. But in terms of gaining yardage consistently, they have an abysmal record.

Jackie Battle, who had such a promising start in his first chance as the primary ball carrier is showing why he was a special-teams specialist most of his career. In 11 carries, just three runs were of 4 or more yards. Three times he got stoned for zero yards, and you can toss in losses of 5 and 2 yards into his total.

That brings the Chiefs back to Thomas Jones as the primary ball carrier. He was better than Battle, but not much – including gaining 0 yards on a third-and 1 situation. But he did have a 2-yard run for first down.

Dexter McCluster had the most productive day – as a runner and receiver. But there are also some hollow yards in his total. He had a 7-yard run (normally a winning effort) in a third-and-10 situation (turning it into a losing play). He remains nothing more than a specialty back – albeit an exciting specialty.

In the passing game, Palko was way better than the previous two starts. If the touchdown was a lucky break – which it might have been – he at least took care of the ball better this week with zero interceptions.

I will re-emphasize this to the chagrin of those who don’t like to talk about offensive lines . . . The Chiefs do not have good enough offensive linemen. In one stretch, Palko was sacked on consecutive plays and Kyle Orton was knocked out of the game when his only play resulted in a defender in his face almost immediately.

While some may have issues with the play call on Orton’s first play, it is defensible. Orton hadn’t played in weeks. The Chiefs would be likely to let him get a feel for the game with a handoff (they are a running team don’t you know), and a play-action flea flicker had a reasonable chance of working. But the line didn’t sell the play-action part well enough to have a defender even pause before zeroing in on the quarterback.

Chiefs rushing 

4 or more 

3 or less 

Big runs 

Winning plays 

Battle (11-15) 

Jones (16-36) 

10 

McCluster (9-61) 

Palko (1-1) 

Total (37-113) 

25 

11 

 

Passing 

Total 

Less than 7 

7-10 yards

10-plus 

Avg/Att* 

Palko 

17-30-157-1T-0I 

6* 

4.76 

* Does not include a spike that stopped the clock.

Receiver 

Target 

Catches 

Yards 

Big plays 

Bowe 

49 

Breaston 

41 

Baldwin 

McCluster 

46 

Copper 

10 

McClain 

Urban

Horne 

Totals 

30 

17 

157 

Opponents’ sacks by down

Game 

First 

Second 

Third 

Fourth 

Passing situation* 

Bears 

Season 

21 

21 

 

Turnover ratio by game

Game 

Chiefs 

Opponents 

 
 

Interception 

Fumble 

Interception 

Fumble 

Ratio 

Buffalo (L)

-2 

Detroit (L) 

-5 

San Diego (L) 

+1 

Minnesota (W) 

+1 

Indianapolis (W) 

Oakland (W) 

+4 

San Diego (W) 

Miami (L) 

Denver (L) 

Patriots (L) 

-2 

Steelers (L)

-2 

Bears (W) 

+ 2 

Field position    

Kansas City

Chicago

Overall

Scoring Drives 

Overall

Scoring drives 

K26

K12 

C34

50 

Big picture

Winning at Chicago was the Chiefs third road win, almost making up for the four home losses. They have another on the road this week at the Jets. If teams play to form, the Raiders likely lose at Green Bay. That could put the Tebows in first place with a home game against the Bears. The Chargers have Buffalo at home.

AFC WEST 

Vs. AFC East

Vs. NFC No. 

Other 

Vs. AFC West

Raiders 7-5 

L/Bills (R)

W/Jets (H)

L/Patriots (H)

L/Dolphins (R) 

W/Vikings (R)

W/Bears (H)

At Packers

Vs. Detroit 

W/Texans (R)

W/Browns (H) 

W/Broncos (R)

L/Chiefs (H)

L/Broncos (H)

W/Chargers (R)

At Chiefs

Vs. Chargers 

Broncos 7-5 

W/Dolphins (R)

W/ Jets (H)

At Buffalo

Vs. Patriots 

L/Packers (R)

L/Lions (H)

Vs. Chicago

W/Minnesota (R) 

W/Bengals (H)

L/Titans (R) 

L/Raiders (H)

L/Chargers (H)

W/Raiders (R)

W/Chiefs (R)

W/Chargers (R)

Vs. Chiefs

Vs. Raiders 

Chiefs 5-7 

L/Bills (H)

L/Dolphins (H)

L/ Patriots (R)

At Jets 

L/Lions (R)

W/Vikings (H)

W/Chicago (R)

Vs. Packers 

W/Colts (R)

L/Steelers (H) 

L/Chargers (R)

W/Raiders (R)

W/Chargers (H)

L/Broncos (H)

At Broncos

Vs. Raiders 

Chargers 5-7 

L/Patriots (R)

W/Miami (H)

L/Jets (R)

Vs. Bills 

W/Vikings (H)

L/Packers (H)

L/ Bears (R)

At Lions 

W/Jaguars (R)

Vs. Ravens 

W/Chiefs (H)

W/Broncos (R)

L/Chiefs (R)

L/Raiders (H)

L/Broncos (H)

At Raiders 


3 Responses to “Numbers – Chicago”

  • December 7, 2011  - Johnfromwichita says:

    I love the way the Chiefs have been playing on defense and can only dream what it could of been with Berry. The offense, on the other hand, is simply bad. 1974 to 1987 bad. Injuries. Of course. But that’s part of any sport. You have to be able to continue with enough talent to overcome. We don’t have it on the offense side. Hunt should commit and start spending some money or sell the team. That wasn’t an earthquake I felt; it was Lamar turning over.


  • December 8, 2011  - iwriter says:

    again another spend money and win comment. Please have you paid attention to what has happened to all the spend and win …well those teams do not win? So I do not get why people like you keep making the same response. Check out Phili…they had a great off season spending and now they are the favorite for the superbowl? Not… Pay attention instead of respeating the same old mantra. According to free agent signings Wash should have by far the best record in the past 14 years…and yes they have won numerous superbowls… Hmmm I wonder why they never made the superbowl… Spending more money is one thing….but first the players have to want to be here. MY bet is that that tried to get many free agents and we got rejected. Come on …what free agent would want to play for a team that has only a mediocre quarterback. Players know that they need to have a great quarterback in order to get into the playoffs. So that maybe the biggest factor in which team a free agent decides to go to and why they do not come here.

    We have spent good money on our own free agents…. so far we have not been proven to be cheap at all. We pay what players are worth. What you do not understand is that this is not fantasy football where you can chose any player you want. They have to want to be with us… The Jets every year overpay for players…has it done them any good as far as making a superbowl? NO what it has done is that a few players have huge salaries and many of the rest are not making near that kind of money…so you have a huge imblance in salaries… Not a good thing for those who are making less money….


  • December 8, 2011  - aPauled says:

    “Fourth quarter shutout for the fourth straight game.”

    Except for the New England and Denver games. I assume should read “…for the second straight game.”




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