The Kansas City Chiefs go on the road to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6 and they'll do it as underdogs. The Chiefs are four point 'dogs in this game, which is about what we expected. They're on the road and they're 1-4 -- not the best combination.
But KC can win this game. In fact, they should win this game, despite what the spread says. They're a better team than 1-4 and we all know that. Unfortunately, what you and I know means very little unless and until the Chiefs, ya know, start winning games.
The Chiefs plan of success for today includes these five items:
1. Just get a damn lead
My gosh. Week 6 and THE CHIEFS HAVE NOT HAD A LEAD THIS SEASON. I FEEL LIKE THIS IS THE CRAZIEST STAT I'VE HEARD ALL YEAR AND MORE PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT IT.
KC's only lead this season came when Ryan Succop's field goal went through the uprights and ended the game against the Saints. That's the only lead this season. Crazy.
I'm tired of this stat. Win the coin toss, take the ball and run it down the Bucs throats from the opening kick.
2. Protect that ball, Brady
This is really what I care about for Brady Quinn: don't turn it over and complete your passes.
That's it! That's all you gotta do, Brady. We have been battered and beaten when it comes to watching the quarterback position. Simply not screwing it up will be some level of success.
That's not asking too much, right?The bar has been set so low that only turning it over once would be a big upgrade. This is where we stand with the quarterback position in this city -- I'm excited about a quarterback that might only turn it over once or twice.
3. Get Jamaal his carries, but be smart about it
Charles finished with 31 carries last week, his second 30-carry game of the season. But his production dropped dramatically in the second half against the Ravens.
First half: 20 carries, 125 yards
Second half: 11 carries, 15 yards
The Chiefs need to get Charles his carries but they need to be smart about how they go about doing that -- he needs to be as effective in the fourth quarter as he is the first. Charles played 40 snaps last week. He touched the ball on 33 of those.
4. Capitalize when it's there
When I read that the Bucs defense is "aggressive" and "attacking" I also think they're vulnerable. Playing man to man and being aggressive at the line of scrimmage is great but it also puts your defense in a tough spot in other places.
The Bucs are going to leave something open down the field. Even SB Nation's Bucs Nation told me that they're vulnerable against the pass at times because of the type of defense they run. Something will be there and the Chiefs need to capitalize on it.
5. Win the turnover battle.