Monday, December 19, 2011
Kansas City Chiefs: Moving On
By Bill Williamson
Here are some areas the Kansas City Chiefs need to focus on after a 19-14 home victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday:
Recap: Hail to the Chiefs. For a day, at least, the Chiefs are the toast of the NFL and they are being toasted by the 1972 Miami Dolphins. Putting a bright spot on a lousy season, the Chiefs will forever be known as the team that derailed Green Bay’s perfect season. It happened in the team’s first game after coach Todd Haley was fired and replaced by defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel on an interim basis. Crennel was already a candidate for the job. Now, he’s a leading candidate.
Biggest area to fix: The Chiefs actually could have won this game by 20 points. The Chiefs had to settle for four field goals and they were just 1-for-5 in the red zone. It didn’t burn Kansas City on Sunday, but more production is needed in that area.
Biggest area to build on: The Chiefs controlled the best offense in the NFL on Sunday. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Chiefs attacked Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers with a stacked secondary. They used at least five defensive backs on 86 percent of the Packers’ plays Sunday. Rodgers completed 48.4 of his passes Sunday in those situations.
What to watch for: Kyle Orton had a nice thing going with his teammates in his first start with the Chiefs. He should be more comfortable Saturday against visiting Oakland. Who could have guessed two months ago Orton would be starting for the Chiefs and Carson Palmer would be starting for the Raiders in this game?