The Kansas City Chiefs will look to hold on to their lead in the AFC West and to do that they need to take care of business on the road by beating the Seattle Seahawks.
My key for this game is for Matt Cassel and the Chiefs offense to get off to a fast start. Seattle’s running game is underwhelming at best and if the Chiefs can get pressure on Matt Hasselbeck, KC should be able to hold the Seahawks offense in check.
One way the Chiefs can make things easier on their defense is to get an early lead. To do that, Kansas City must execute right out of the gate.
The best way to do that?
A heavy dose of Jamaal Charles.
More after the jump.
The Chiefs need to get Charles going early. I’ve noticed that in most of their games this year, they have went more with Thomas Jones early and then brought in Charles more late to help close things out. While I like that strategy in theory, I think the Chiefs need to start and finish strong with Charles. Getting an early lead will help the Chiefs dictate the pace of the game and then they can bring in Jones to start eating up the clock. If the Seahawks start closing the gap, they can always come back to Charles to put the nail in the coffin.
Jones needs to get his carries today, especially with the injuries to the interior of the Seahawks defensive line but Charles is KC’s best player and it is time he got the team off to a productive start.