This week is a battle between two bruised teams. Both squads have lost their starting quarterbacks and are struggling on offense.
The Chiefs do not seem to believe Tyler Palko is the answer and we may very well see newly acquired Kyle Orton take the field this week. Palko turned the ball over four times last week and Kansas City has only scored one touchdown in their past four games. They’d like to be able to rely on the run, but the running game just hasn’t been there either.
The Bears are also in a tough position with Caleb Hanie under center. Before Jay Cutler went down with an injury Chicago was in great shape to make the playoffs, but now it’s going to be a challenge. Hanie threw three first half interceptions last week, so who knows what they’re going to get out of their QB.
Turnovers are going to be key in this game. Both defenses are capable of forcing them, so it’s going to come down to which team can make the big plays when the game is on the line. The Chiefs defense has been giving up points lately, they’re averaging 24.1 points per game, although they were able to hold the Steelers to only 13 last week. If they force Hanie to throw a few interceptions it may give the offense that boost that it is in need of.
With a tough remaining schedule, which includes two division rivals and the Packers, the Chiefs have an outside chance of making the playoffs. This week is crucial and can pretty much make or break Kansas City’s season. It won’t be easy to win in Soldier Field and the Chiefs know that. Their backs are against the wall right now, but never say never.
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Written by Matt Brody