The Kansas City Chiefs jumped on the back of Jamaal Charles Sunday afternoon and defeated the Oakland Raiders 56-31 at O.co Coliseum. With the victory, the Chiefs improve to 11-3 and officially clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2010 when they won the AFC West.
What went wrong?
With the Chiefs putting up 45 and 56 points the last two weeks against Washington and Oakland respectively, it is easy to overlook sometimes what needs to be fixed and areas that need to be improved on. The Oakland Raiders actually recorded more total yards than the Chiefs, but threw 5 interceptions which resulted in both points and great field position for the Chiefs.
Their were numerous times that the Raiders were able to complete long passes down the field. This seems to be happening quite frequently against the Chiefs secondary lately, but it has been made up for by timely turnovers and being able to put points on the board by both sides of the ball. The Chiefs’ pass rush was virtually nonexistent today and needs to be improved on in the coming week as Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts will be no easy task.
What went right?
The last time the Chiefs played the Raiders in October, they struggled to jump off to a good start and the game remained close at halftime. Today was a totally different story and Jamaal Charles was the story. On the first play of the game Charles turned a screen pass into a 49 yard touchdown completion. The day had just begun for Charles, however, as he ended the day with five total touchdowns, with four of them being through the air. This also resulted in Alex Smith ending the day with a total of five touchdown passes and throwing for nearly 300 yards, which would have been his first with the Chiefs.
Once again Knile Davis’ name was called on during the game as he took some of the load off of Charles in the fourth quarter and was able to pound the ball into the endzone for a score of his own. Charles and Davis have the potential to be a good one-two punch for the Chiefs and I look forward to seeing their progression as Davis becomes a more integral part of the Chiefs gameplan.
What needs to change?
The defense is the one area where I have a lot of concerns right now. The Chiefs have put up over 100 points combined in the past two weeks so the defense has not had to have the burden of playing stellar football against two mediocre teams. Earlier in the year the offense was the big question for the Chiefs, but the tables seem to have turned and the Chiefs offense and special teams seem to be clicking quite nicely.
What to look for
The Chiefs’ defense is going to need to have a more solid performance next week as Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts come to town. Luck is by far the best young quarterback in the game today and has the potential to be a real defense killer week after week. The Chiefs have a tough task ahead of them, but if all aspects of the Chiefs team fire on all cylinders the Chiefs should be able to get their 12th victory of the season and keep their hopes alive to claim the number one overall seed in the AFC with a little help.
Game time: Noon at Arrowhead Stadium vs. the Indianapolis Colts.
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