One of the things we realized down the stretch for the Kansas City Chiefs last year was that they struggle against teams with big, strong defensive lines. Lookin' at you, Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens. The Chiefs seem to really struggle against teams like that.
The problem for this week is that the Detroit Lions also have a big, strong defensive line, lead by DT Ndamukong Suh, who is arguably the league's top young defensive tackle.
Chiefs coach Todd Haley talked to reporters at his Wednesday press conference about how you stop -- or at least contain -- a guy like that."I'm very concerned about him getting his hands on Matt [Cassel], or really any of our guys, because he is a big, strong dude that brings it," Haley said (video via KCChiefs.com).
"As far as him as a player, he's one of the bright young stars in the league at a position that doesn't always get a lot of notoriety. I love the way he plays. I love his intensity, his toughness and his ability to make plays.
I won't love it this week. This week, we gotta make sure he's not changing the game too much. I'll be watching up close, too. He's a guy that really loves coming out, and you would have loved to find a way to get him onto your team one way or another but now we gotta play against him. We gotta handle him and he's a force."
Haley indicated that you can't necessarily totally stop a guy like that but you can do things to contain him a little bit.