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Chiefs vs. 49ers: No Surprise, No. 1 Goal Is To Run The Football

The Kansas City Chiefs enter Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers perhaps knowing that throwing the ball may not be much of an option. Through the first two regular season games, Matt Cassel and the Chiefs offense has just 68 and 176 yards passing. The Chiefs see that and will adjust accordingly.

It's not rocket science their strength lies in the running the football -- it's even easier to go with that when the passing game is struggling.

"I think number one in my mind," Haley said Thursday when asked about goals for the offense, "we’re going to have to run the football pretty efficiently."

And that won't be easy. The 49ers are currently the sixth best rush defense in the NFL.

"We’re not going to be able to turn the ball over," Haley continued, "I don’t think, and have a real chance. Those would be the first two keys for me."

Running the ball and not turning it over seem to go hand-in-hand. The Chiefs are less likely to turn the ball over running the ball. Ultimately though Haley's right in that if they just keep winning....who knows?

So what are your predictions for Sunday? I'll go with 20 passes and 60/40 split on carries for Jamaal Charles.

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