Now that we are almost 72-hours from kickoff and with various statistics being thrown around about the Indianapolis Colts and our Kansas City Chiefs, one must wonder what Charlie Weis and Todd Haley are brewing up for our first offensive snap. The Indianapolis Colts have the 29th ranked rushing defense and the 15th ranked pass defense. The Colts are experiencing depth problems at their safety position and it looks like former Chief, D. Morgan will start at Safety. Our very own Kansas City Chiefs are in top 5 for nearly all ranking systems with our rushing and we rank 15th with a 4.978 (ANPY/A) adjust net passing yards per attempt...The first snap could very well set the tone for the entire game if executed properly. On one hand, we could run the ball and if done effectively rush for more than 5-yards on our first carry, which would bring doubt and frustration back into the minds of Indianapolis Colts defenders. Or we could take a bigger risk and try to shock the Colts with a pass play to put their defense on their heals and make a statement that we are not going to be one dimensional in our approach. What will Todd Haley and Charlie Weis do with our first play from scrimage?
RUN, RUN, RUN: The NFL fans around the country will watch for it. The Indianapolis Colts' fans will hold their breath every time Jamaal Charles, Thomas Jones, or Dexter McCluster touch the ball. And, the Indianapolis Colts organization expect it. The entire football world knows that our strength, running the ball will be used to exploit Indianapolis Colts weakness, rush defense. But will we devote our first snap entirely to our rushing attack? The Indianapolis Colts game plan is to shutdown our rushing attack and force Matt Cassel to throw the ball.
PASS, PASS, PASS: The majority of sports reporters and fans always point to Matt Cassel's inconsistant play. Many think Mathis and Freeney will gun for Cassel all day, but yet they will have to hesitate to make sure there is not a handoff or a pitch to a running back. Charlie Weis is developing Matt Cassel with small successes and slowly building up his confidence. Again, the Indianapolis Colts don't have great depth at the safety position and in fact, will likely start D. Morgan who doesn't have a ton of experience. The Colts will most likely anticipate the run on our first snap, so if we attempt to pass we might catch their secondary off guard. What if we throw the ball and force the Colts to defend the pass and we can run the ball with greater effeciency.
What do you think? Run or Pass? If you were in Charlie Weis' shoes what play would you call on the first snap of this game?