The Chiefs are going to have their hands full Monday night as they take on the Patriots in Foxboro. Coming off two straight losses the Chiefs are in desperate need of a win.
They’re playing a team that they have a number of ties to; general manager Scott Pioli used to work with the Pats, defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel was in charge of the defense for years, and of course Matt Cassel began his career in New England.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, Cassel will not be playing against his ex-team. His hand injury is pretty bad and the team is not sure if he will even be able to play again this season.
The offense will now turn to Tyler Palko to lead them. He’s thrown a total of 13 passes in his NFL career, but he’s the next in line so he’ll be thrown into the fire. Luckily for him the Patriots’ secondary is one of the worst in the league. But New England’s pass rush did come to life last week against the Jets, so Palko may need to scramble to survive.
Monday night will be the first time Tom Brady has played Kansas City since he suffered an opening day knee injury back in 2008. It’s safe to say he has recovered from the injury and that is bad news for the Chiefs’ defense. In the past two games the Chiefs have been outscored 48-13 and if Brady has time in the pocket you can bet he’ll put up some points too.
Getting to the quarterback needs to be at the top of the list for this defense. They only have nine sacks this entire season and if there was ever a game for them to step up their pressure it would be this week. Palko is going to need all the help he can get and if the defense can pull their weight and then some it would be a huge favor for the young gun.
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