Adam Best – As much as I’d like to predict a victory after being wrong about the Chiefs last week, I simply can’t. Julius Peppers is going to make it a long day for Herb Taylor, and the Brandons will have their hands full with Moose and Smitty. I see the Panthers getting up early and pulling away late. At the same time, a win wouldn’t absolutely shock me, but last week’s offensive playcalling (especially in the redzone) won’t get us there. Panthers 27, Chiefs 10
Eric Crane – Last week the Chiefs made me eat my words. If this game was at Arrowhead I would take KC, unfortunately for Harm and crew its not. I do expect a close game and a KC cover. Panthers 20, Chiefs 14
Merlin – Close, but no cigar for our young team. The running games and defenses dominate as we spend the next week talking about a conservative offense. Panthers 17, Chiefs 13
Double D – The Chiefs defense revisits to the same strategy it found success with against the Broncos by limiting the run, allowing the underneath stuff but denying Carolina the end zone. Kansas City will be keen to take advantage of the Panthers injury problems at offensive tackle. With Wharton sliding over to left tackle and Otah either out or hampered at the RT, KC will bring multiple blitzes coming off the right edge and inside left. Delhomme will get rattled and throw critical picks in a match where turnovers and time of possession decide the day.
As expected, the Chiefs will struggle to make offensive headway against a very stout Panther defense but by sticking with a conservative, move-the-chains approach they achieve limited success primarily due to effective pass blocking in the first half. Kansas City will key on keeping J Peps tied up while Huard and company come out firing with the play action in the first half and then put the game away in the second half with the run. Heady defense, good field position, and some savvy veteran play by Huard and the four-pronged onslaught of LJ, Charles, Gonz, and D-Bowe prove to be just enough for the Chiefs to outlast the Panthers and squeak by with a very punishing, very ugly, very Hermesque win. Chiefs 13, Panthers 9
John White, Cat Crave – The Panthers offensive line is hurting. Left tackle Jordan Gross is out with a concussion and rookie right tackle Jeff Otah is questionable with a bum ankle. Lucky for Carolina they’re playing the Chiefs – a franchise that hasn’t won back to back games since Watergate. Damon Huard is back for the Chiefs and Larry Johnson started running like he had removed his Dick Vermeil Autographed Diaper last week. I expect the Panthers defense to set the tone, shut down the run and force Huard to beat them through the air – something he will have a hard time doing with his lack of serious offensive weapons. Jake Delhomme will probably hand off more than he throws. He has to hope that Jeremy Bridges and the other likely replacement tackle, Travelle Wharton can do the job. It should be enough as Carolina ought to win this one by at least 10. Carolina 27, Kansas City 13
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