Some Cheese Curds & Other Appetizers

It’s the No. 1 question heading into Sunday’s game at Arrowhead Stadium. It has nothing to do with new head coach Romeo Crennel, or new starting quarterback Kyle Orton.

The question is this: will there be more Cheeseheads in the Arrowhead crowd than Chiefs fans come time for kickoff?

My prediction – yes, there will be more fans wearing green and gold than wearing red and gold. It’s just a fact of Packers life.

No team has the fans that travel like the Packers. The Steelers are close, sometimes the Cowboys when they are really playing well. But no group can take over a stadium the way Packers fans can. And, they aren’t necessarily all traveling from the land of beer and cheese.

The Packers are a national brand, and they have fans everywhere. In fact, I’d be willing to wager that the majority of the Green Bay fans in the house on Sunday will have driven 200 miles or less to get to the Truman Sports Complex.

When the Steelers were at Arrowhead a month ago, I pegged the crowd at 60 percent Chiefs fans, 40 percent Steelers fans. I’m figuring this Sunday it will be 50-50 or 60-40 Packers over Chiefs.


The Packers are 13-0 on the season, but they have a 19-game winning streak going back to almost exactly a year ago. If they can get through the Chiefs, and then back-to-back home games against Chicago and Detroit, that would move their streak to 22 games.

A week off, two more victories in the NFC playoffs and a Super Bowl repeat victory, would push that to 25 games. That’s why every time the Packers step on the field these days, they are re-writing history. In this 19-game streak, they’ve averaged 33.8 points per game, while giving up 19.7 points. That’s a winning margin in those 19 games of 14 points. They’ve won by 38 points, and by 3 points.

The guy who has led the Packers to those 19 victories has been QB Aaron Rodgers. In those games, he’s thrown for 5,846 yards, with 53 touchdown passes and only 9 interceptions. With 634 passes thrown, that means Rodgers has hit for a touchdown on every 12 throws. His completion percentage is 69.1 percent and he’s averaged 9.2 yards per attempt and 13.4 yards per completion.


After a four-game stint on the sidelines, offensive coordinator Bill Muir is heading back to the Arrowhead coaching booth for Sunday’s game.

Although there is no standard in the league, traditionally most offensive play callers like to be up high, while defensive coordinators prefer the sidelines.

Romeo Crennel has always worked the sidelines in pro football and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

“I feel like getting a feel for the players is best for me,” said Crennel. “I like that feel of being able to talk to a player, to look him in the eye, to get a pulse of what’s going on so that’s what I do. Now with that being said, you do have to have good eyes upstairs and people upstairs that do a good job for you and that you can count on and depend on and I’m comfortable with the guys that we have upstairs getting the information to me because I do have to rely on them to get information to me.”

Crennel relies on Otis Smith and Adam Zimmer to handle the duties he wants done in the box.


As he spoke to the coaching staff this week, Crennel did not dance around what he wants this team to get done and how he wants to see it operate over the last three weeks of the season.

“Basically what he said was ‘my belief is fundamentals and to have a strong foundation’,” said Muir. “Basically, the point was do not do a lot of razzle dazzle stuff. Let’s be meat and potatoes and let’s concentrate on fundamentals and building a strong foundation from a technique standpoint.”


This won’t be Kyle Orton’s first rodeo against Green Bay, not even this year. Back on October 2, Orton started for Denver against the Packers at Lambeau Field.

It was not a great afternoon for Orton. The Packers grabbed a 49-23 victory and despite throwing three TD passes, Orton also threw three interceptions, including one that was returned 30 yards for a touchdown by CB Charles Woodson.

On the day, Orton was 22 of 33 for 273 yards. He threw a pair of TD passes to WR Eric Decker.

“They have a lot of smart guys who have played a lot of football,” Orton said of the Packers defense. “I think their secondary does as good a job of reading the routes and turning the ball over in the league. They don’t sit back and give you a catch and try to make a tackle. They go for the ball and try to make the interceptions.

“We have to be smart where we throw it, and when we get chances to make plays, we have to hit them.”

4 Responses to “Some Cheese Curds & Other Appetizers”

  • December 17, 2011  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    As far as Milwaukee or Green Bay Wisconsin may be from Kansas City, it helps that both MKE and KCI are Frontier Airline hubs. Direct flight is 2 hours or less.

    Go CHIEFS!

  • December 17, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    This week is a cluster.
    But if we beat the Raiders and then compete well at Denver, I want Romeo to get a 2 year contract and hire a competent OC.

  • December 17, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    This week is a cluster.
    But if we beat the Raiders and then compete well at Denver, I want Romeo to get a 2 year contract and hire a competent OC.

  • December 18, 2011  - bhive01 says:

    I just want to be competitive. This team is too good to think we’re going to win without some devine intervention. I don’t think it’s impossible, but…

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