Yes we can.
It’s been a magical, ugly, fast, pound the rock first three weeks of the Chiefs season. The Chiefs are a national story now and are quite possibly on the verge of something extraordinary. The Chiefs are 3-0 heading into the bye week and lead the NFL in rushing and are ranked sixth in rushing defense. If there is any better, more consistent formula to winning football games other than run the ball well and stop the run, you should give every head coach in the NFL a phone call, because you may be on to something.
But you’re not. That is how football games are won. Throw in a few playmakers and a good coaching staff, and voila, you’ve got it. Or more descriptively, the Chiefs have got it.
Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles just gashed the San Francisco 49ers for nearly 100 yards a piece. Oh what’s that you say? The 49ers aren’t that good? Well, they were ranked sixth in rushing defense last year and allowed less than 100 rushing yards per game to their opponents. The Chiefs doubled that total last Sunday.
So now you say, Oh lawdy! Here comes Dwight Freeney and that scaaaaaaaaary Indianapolis defense!
Indianapolis’ defense is FAR from scary. Sure Dwight Freeney gets a lot of sacks and Bob Sanders is possibly the best safety in the league when healthy. But outside of that, the Colts are horrendous against the run. Freeney isn’t much of a run stopper, he’s a get-to-the-QB-fast pass rusher, who sheds blocks and doesn’t clog up running lanes. He’ll be a threat to our passing game, but other than that, I’m not scared one bit by this Colts’ defense. Oh yeah, Bob Sanders is hurt again.
I expect us to run the ball down their throat. They expect us to run the ball down their throat. But I don’t expect Charlie Weis to expect to run the ball down their throat. This coaching staff gameplans just about as well as any staff in the league. I’m sure that Todd Haley, Charlie Weis and Maurice Carthon are already working on something that will blow the doors off last week’s gameplan.
Now here’s the scary part. Peyton Manning. He’s the best quarterback of our generation. We have a young defense, but I don’t think that will be a problem. Indy’s offense has been potent and scary and the Chiefs’ defense has been flaccid and embarrassing. But we may be seeing a shift in that. The Chiefs defense has been dominant so far this year. We shut down the run about as well as any team in the league.
Guess what? Indy can’t run the ball either. If you can’t run the ball, you can’t execute your offense to it’s fullest extent if you can’t run the ball. Of course, Peyton Manning is the exception to the rule, but I expect the Chiefs’ defense to cause a few problems for the Colts.
All in all, I think the Chiefs match up EXTREMELY well with the Colts. The contrast between the two teams is striking. The Colts execute their passing game with precision and unpredictability. The Chiefs passing offense is frustrating. The Colts can’t run the ball. The Chiefs can. The Colts can’t stop the run. The Chiefs can.
This is going to be a good game. I’ll pick it as my sleeper “game of the year” in the NFL as this one could go down to the wire. Which team comes out on top? I’m not sure, but don’t count the Chiefs out of this one.