The winning score for Denver came on cornerback Bradley Roby’s 21-yard return of a Jamaal Charles fumble, the star running back’s second of the night and the Chiefs’ fifth turnover. That touchdown came nine seconds after Peyton Manning led a 10-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 19-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders. Time to move on.
It’s been a long week for the Chiefs and they are itching to get back at it on Monday night against the Packers at Lambeau Field.
For the second game in a row, the Chiefs defense faces one of the three elite QBs in the NFL and on his home turf. Aaron Rodgers has gone 18 straight home games without an interception. (Manning and Tom Brady the other two “elite” QBs in my opinion).
The M.O. for the Chiefs is pretty simple. They can’t rely on turnovers, so disrupt the timing of Rodgers. Put pressure on him, make him get rid of the football. Easier said than done, but the Chiefs ended the Packers perfect run in 2011, sacking Rodgers five times, holding him to 50% passing in a 19-14 Chiefs win.
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Justin Houston, league best 22 sacks last year, ½ sack off the record, eight straight games with a sack and the team has eight sacks in the first two games. Watch how the Chiefs line him up against a battered Green Bay O-line. The Chiefs are giving up close to 300 yards per game passing. Now that can be skewed a bit because both the Texans in week 1 and Broncos in week 2 were playing catch up.
The Chiefs turned the ball over five times last week at home against Denver, including two by Jamaal Charles, but the Chiefs will not shy away from Charles who had 125 yards week. Packers struggling with run defense…they may challenge the Chiefs, stuff the box and say to Alex Smith, beat us with your arm. 18 games dating back to last season he hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass to a wide receiver.
Smith’s numbers very comparable to Rodgers 434 to 438 yards. The difference? Five TDs for Rodgers, three for Smith, and two picks.