In a matchup of two teams that have equal records at 1-3, the Chicago Bears visit Arrowhead Stadium for the Chiefs second home game of the season. The Bears lead the all-time series against the Chiefs with a 6-5 record, and the Chiefs are hoping to get their season back on track by evening out the series and getting their second win of 2015. Below are some key stats for the matchup:
The Chiefs have allowed 19 sacks, which is the most in the NFL and is on pace for 76 sacks on the season.
Alex Smith is on pace for 4440 passing yards, which would beat his current career high by more than 1,000 yards.
Chicago’s head coach John Fox has not lost to the Chiefs since 2011.
The Bears allowed rookie Amari Cooper to score a 26-yard TD when lining up from the slot. I would expect Andy Reid to utilize that weakness with Jeremy Maclin, who had a few large gains from crosses and slants in the past few weeks.
The Bears’ starting center (Will Montgomery) fractured his leg and was placed on injured reserve. They moved their left guard (Matt Slauson) over in his place, and it is safe to say that the Chiefs defense will provide a huge test for him. John Fox and can choose to start their 3rd round draft pick (Hroniss Grasu) instead. Either way, Dontari Poe and Jaye Howard need to take advantage of this situation and wreak havoc on Bears QB Jay Cutler and Chicago’s running game.
Kansas City has a turnover difference of -4, whereas Chicago has a difference of -2. A huge part of KC’s problem is fumbling, which has led directly to numerous opponent points. The Chiefs need to win the turnover battle to have a chance in this game.
The Bears are allowing opponents to convert almost 46% of their 3rd down attempts. This would be a good week for the Chiefs to start converting more than their 26% on the season.
The Chiefs have a decent chance to get back on track with a win on Sunday, and I am looking for them to do so. I predict another close game for Chicago, with the Chiefs squeezing out a victory. 27-24 Chiefs.
Let’s go KC!