Yesterday the Kansas City Chiefs ended a six game home losing streak to the Oakland Raiders by beating them 24-7. The last time the Chiefs beat the Raiders at home Trent Green was the leading passer and Herm Edwards was the Chiefs coach!
Yesterday’s game was another ugly one as far as the offense goes. Alex Smith continually checked down passes every chance he got as it seemed like he felt pressure even if it wasn’t there. This is a growing concern of mine that I hope the Chiefs get figured out soon. Even if it is an incompletion, the Chiefs need to take some shots down field at some point to stretch the defense. Jamaal Charles was again the saving grace for the offensive woes accounting for 128 total yards and 2 touchdowns. Charles led the Chiefs in both rushing and receiving yards.
The defense on the other hand proved yet again they are without a doubt the best defense in the league right now. Terrelle Pryor who looked like a future star last week against the San Diego Chargers was sacked 10 times and threw 3 interceptions including one that was returned for a touchdown by Husain Abdullah. Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson led the defense with two great performances. Hali had 3.5 sacks and Johnson had 9 tackles and 2 sacks of his own. This defense appears to be on a collision course with the Denver Broncos offense in a matchup that is going to be a lot of fun to watch.
Finally, the real MVP of yesterday’s game was the fans! The Chiefs faithful set a new Guinness World Record for the loudest outdoor sports stadium with 137.5 decibels. The Raiders struggled with the noise all game which included several penalties for delay of game and false starts because no one could hear quarterback Terrelle Pryor. On one possession in the 4th quarter it was so loud the Raiders had 2 delay of game penalties and 1 false start. Pair the loud noise with this dominant defense and the Arrowhead home field advantage becomes one of the best in the league. Good job Chiefs fans!
Next week is a scary game for the Chiefs as they host a desperate Houston Texans team at home. The Texans have a lot of talent and are much better than their 2-4 record shows. They have a coach in Gary Kubiak and a quarterback in Matt Schuab that are both fighting for their jobs. The Chiefs have to pressure Schaub early and often. He has struggled with turnovers but has the ability to throw it all over the field. If he gets comfortable early in the game the Chiefs could be in trouble. Offensively the Chiefs have to find a way to block JJ Watt. The 2012 defensive player of the year is a beast and causes all sorts of issues for offensive lines. Alex Smith is struggling enough in the pocket right now and with a 6 foot 6 inch 300 pound Watt coming after him I’m worried Smith could be in for an even worse game. The best way to combat this? Get the ball to Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery in space and quickly. If the Chiefs can finally get the ball outside it will slow down the pass rush and give Jamaal Charles some room to run.
Till next time,