The 2-10 Kansas City Chiefs travel to Cleveland Sunday to take on the 4-8 Browns.
The Chiefs are 2-1 in the last 3 meetings between these two teams and this one is shaping up to be quite entertaining. Both Brady Quinn and Peyton Hillis return to face their former teammates and Romeo Crennel will be competing against a team he once coached.
Neither team has been impressive this year. In fact, most fans for each team are ready for the offseason to grace their beloved franchises with its presence and all of the changes (hopefully) that come with it. Especially in Kansas City, where fans have been calling for the ouster of General Manager Scott Pioli and upgrade at the quarterback position via the 2013 draft.
The Browns are averaging 19 points per game. The Chiefs defense is allowing an average of 26 points per game. With a rookie quarterback under center for the Browns, the Chiefs pass rush must attack early and often. If they can get Brandon Weeden uncomfortable in the pocket, they will increase their chances of forcing turnovers and stopping the pass game. They must also do their best at stopping the Browns run attack. Trent Richardson is big and fast and will run right over your defenders if you allow him to. The Chiefs must keep Richardson from breaking out early in order to force the Browns to throw the ball.
If the Chiefs can stop the run game and force the Browns to try and move the ball through the air, their success on defense can be achieved.
In order for the Chiefs offense to succeed, they must utilize the run game that they possess. Jamaal Charles had another good game last week against the Panthers. If he can find the holes in the Cleveland defense they will have a difficult time stopping him.
Brady Quinn must also play well. He had a stellar game last week against the Panthers and needs to repeat it this week. That means good decision making in the pocket and trying to remain mistake free.
I congratulate him on being named the AFC Player of the Week but he needs to not let it go to his head. He must perform well, correctly read what the defense is showing him, and he should have no problem picking the Browns defense apart.
So to sum it up, the Chiefs need to plug the Browns run game and force them to rely on the arm of a rookie play-caller.
Jump out early with their own running game and minimize mistakes and the Chiefs could secure win number three for their season.
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