Monday, October 24, 2011
Kansas City Chiefs: Moving on
By Bill Williamson
Here are some areas the Kansas City Chiefs need to focus on after a 28-0 victory at Oakland:
Recap: Sunday’s provided a season highlight for the Chiefs. They evened their record at 3-3 after starting the season 0-3. To do it with a shutout road divisional win against a team that swept them last year made it even sweeter. The Chiefs are definitely a team on the upswing. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Chiefs are averaging 118 more yards per games in the past three games than they did in the first three. The Chiefs were also minus-6 in turnover differential in their first three games; in the past three, the Chiefs are plus-5.
Biggest area to fix: Quarterback Matt Cassel did not play great Sunday after playing very well for the previous 10 quarters. Cassel had his moments in Oakland and he never needed to carry the Chiefs on Sunday, but there will be weeks when he does, so his arrow needs to continue to point upward.
Biggest area to build on: The defense was tremendous. Yes, the Raiders had issues at quarterback and star running back Darren McFadden missed most of the game with a foot injury. But the Chiefs stifled Oakland.
What to watch for: The Chiefs can make it a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West with a victory over San Diego next Monday night at home. If the Chiefs win that game, they will be even with the Chargers and Raiders at 4-3 heading into Week 9.