The Kansas City Chiefs enter the home stretch of the season (literally) when they host the Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs plan this season has worked, for the most part, and they now have themselves positioned for the playoffs if they win out.
Here are four questions I have for this team as we enter the final two regular season games of the year:
Will the running back plan work? The Chiefs brought in Thomas Jones this offseason to pair with Jamaal Charles and we found out along the way that the plan was to keep these guys somewhat fresh as the season rolled along and other teams started to break down and become weaker. The plan was for the Chiefs to become stronger. That's a key as we move forward and, with the importance of the running game, maybe the biggest and only key.
Will Chiefs continue to avoid turnovers? I don't think you're going to see many games like you did against San Diego when the Chiefs went plus-two in the turnover margin and still lost the game. Likewise, I don't think you see the Chiefs win many games if they go minus-two in the turnover margin. They've been avoiding turnovers all season and that trend needs to continue to finish this thing out.
Can the defense stop the run? The Chiefs are facing the Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders in the next two weeks and the key to both of those games will be stopping the run. If they shut down the run, they're probably winning out and getting into the playoffs.
Will big play Dwayne Bowe return? Dwayne Bowe had one of the best streaks we've seen when he caught 13 touchdown passes in seven games. Can he keep that up? The Chiefs will need a big play in the final two games, and potentially the playoffs, if the running game isn't dominating. Bowe's been relatively quiet the last three weeks so we'd like to see big play Bowe return.