Kansas City Chiefs: Moving on

October, 3, 2011
10/03/11
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Here are some areas the Kansas City Chiefs need to focus on after a 22-17 win over the visiting Minnesota Vikings on Sunday:

Recap: The Chiefs won their first game of the season as they made key plays on both sides of the ball later in the game. Kansas City has played improved football in the past six quarters. I think the shock of the string of injuries is wearing off and this young squad is ready to fight.

Biggest area to fix: The Chiefs are not going to give up on the running game even though Jamaal Charles is out for the year. But it’s a far cry from the attack that was ranked No. 1 in the NFL last season. The Chiefs had 103 yards rushing on 28 carries Sunday. Because the Chiefs will continue to run the ball, it has to find a way to get more production from Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster.

Biggest area to build on: The Chiefs’ offense will be OK if quarterback Matt Cassel and receiver Dwayne Bowe continue to hook for big plays. They connected on a 52-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that keyed the win. Cassel has played better for the past six quarters. He and Bowe had a great connection last season. Perhaps that will resurface.

What to watch for: A lot was made of a heated exchange on the sideline between Kansas City coach Todd Haley and Cassel. The two men downplayed it after the game. Haley is fiery and he challenges his players all the time. He has had words with Cassel on the sideline in the past and it will happen again. I could see it happening again Sunday at Indianapolis. Again, no big deal.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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