As I stated in the post game blog, the Chiefs are at the top of the AFC West and are undefeated. Again it was only week 1, questions still loom for the Chiefs, but as of now they are a winning football team-that is what matters in this league. The biggest question for the Chiefs is if they can continue what they started in Cleveland this Sunday.
Can the Chiefs continue their dominate run game, will the defense step up big when it matters again, will Matt Cassel finally get on track in the passing games. Aside from a stellar team performance last week, this week calls for more stability in all aspects of the game.
Three things to look for this week:
Matt Cassel to get on track. Cassel finished last week with a completion percentage of 45 and and a QB rating of 68. Had it not been for the 1 yard TD pass to rookie tight end Tony Moeaki, his rating would be far worse. In the Charlie Weis-system Cassel is taught to dink and dunk his way for first downs, however once those options are taken away Cassel struggles. With a weak secondary I see Cassel more comfortable and make the throws down the field to Dwayne Bowe and Chris Chambers. So if you have Bowe I suggest you start him this week, I have a feeling that he is going to get a few more looks from Cassel. Do not get me wrong the Chiefs will continue to run the ball down the defenses throat, especially directly at a banged up nose tackle Shaun Rogers, but Cassel boosts his rating this week.
Defensive Play. Now I do not want to say the Chiefs defensive play against San Diego was a fluke, because in no way is that true. However, I feel they were far more inspired last week with the season/home/stadium opener on Monday Night Football, than any normal game. I am anxious to see if they come out on Sunday with the same ferocity we saw on Monday night. The Chiefs defense will most likely be without DE Tyson Jackson and LB Tamba Hali with knee and foot injuries, respectively. That all being said I look for them to shutdown a starless Brown offense, who this week should be without Jake Delhomme with an ankle injury. Seneca Wallace would be the starter and if that is the case then the defense will have to keep an eye on him from getting outside of the pocket and with the way the linebackers have been flying around all offseason and week 1, I forsee no problems.
Lastly, special teams. The Browns offense, and defense, goes by the name of Josh Cribbs, maybe you have heard of him? If you haven’t heard of him, maybe you have seen him he only holds the NFL record for taking 8 kickoff returns to pay dirt-at age 27. In short he is dangerous and can strike at any moment. He can single handedly change the entire complexion of the game with one run back, the Chiefs special teams unit who took one back themselves last week, will have to stay disciplined with the running lanes in order to contain him. If they can do that then the Chiefs have a good chance of coming out of Cleveland with a 2-0 record.
PREDICTION: Chiefs 27-Browns 13
Should be a great game to watch and hopefully the rookies don’t feel like they have earned there paycheck in week one with their stellar performances. Check back on Monday for complete analysis and thoughts on week 2.
About the Author
Written by Vince Sapienza
I am a sports enthusiast pursuing an undergraduate degree in Television Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Communication Studies with a deep passion and love for all that is sports.