Chiefs vs. Texans: Todd Haley Gambles On Fourth Down Again

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 17: Mike Vrabel #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs scores on a pass in the first quarter as he gets behind linebacker David Nixon #53 of the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 17 2010 in Houston Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Last week against the Indianapolis Colts, the Kansas City Chiefs went for it on fourth down on their first drive of the game. They were deep in Indianapolis territory -- easily in field goal range -- but decided to take the gamble. It didn't pay off last week against the Colts as Indy stopped the Chiefs and took the ball back.

In a similar situation against the Houston Texans, Todd Haley again decided to go for it.

Except this time it paid off. The Chiefs went for it on fourth and two from the Houston 17. They got a pass interference call after an incomplete pass and made the conversion. Later in that same drive, they faced a fourth and one. After going for it on fourth down already, they basically had to go for it again.

This time the gamble paid off and quarterback Matt Cassel hit "tight end" Mike Vrabel for a touchdown.

Personally, I like the decision to go for it in those situations. The defense is stout so what happens if/when it doesn't work out is the opponent is deep in their own territory. If it does work out, then the Chiefs get seven instead of three, which over the course of a season could be a big difference.

So we've seen over two weeks the Chiefs take a major gamble. It didn't work the first time but it was successful the second time around.

How do you feel about Haley's tendency to go for it in the situations we've seen the last two weeks?

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