First off, I left Allen Bailey's number out of the graph. It was 1 play toward for 17 yards, and it made it rough to see just how well everyone else did. There are some low numbers that are impressive there, but more impressive are the guys that were ran at more than five times with low figures: Ro'Po, Houston, Poe, Jackson, and Belcher all were under the 3 YPPT mark while facing a good number of plays. DJ's number may look high, but remember that he is facing all of the dime snaps, and they're usually run at him. Only so much he can do in those situations.
Once again, the opposition was forced to run up the gut. As you can see, on the plays run away from the center of the defense, Pittsburgh had some success. It's easier said than done, though, and the Chiefs consistently do a good job of funneling the run back inside. Also of note: look at Jovan Belcher's YPPA number. 6 plays, 9 yards. That's what DJ does in the 3-4.
The Final Word
It sucks to watch this defense play that well for 4 quarters against a good team and not get a result out of it. They were flying around the field, making plays, and trying to force turnovers to set the offense up in advantageous positions. These guys have been flirting with a good defense for awhile now, but the inconsistencies and the bad positions the other facets of the game set them up in force them to almost quit mid-game. The key is that this team has to be in the game, and we'll see this type of defense on Sundays.
So...how about it, offense? Keep taking care of the ball and putting some points on the board, and these boys will make sure you win. Deal?