What the Chiefs Need to Prove Tonight

Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Russell Wilson will be starting tonight for the Seattle Seahawks in pre-season game #3 at Arrowhead Stadium.  To say Wilson has looked good in his first two preseason games in his rookie campaign would likely be an understatement.  The Wisconsin product has a legitimate chance to steal the starting job for gang moss-green from Matt Flynn.  After the horrific performance from the Chiefs first unit defense in St. Louis last Saturday I think they have a few things to prove.

Clearly the secondary, albeit banged up and without Flowers and Lewis for this game, needs to play much better.  Javier Arenas in particular has to showcase his worth in nickel and dime defensive sets and get back to flashing the signs we saw from him in his rookie season last year.  Arenas has all but solidified his role on special teams returning kicks, but Romeo needs him to cover slot receivers on Sundays when the Chiefs defense forces third and long.  Jalil Brown as sited here by AA senior editor Patrick Allen, has to step up in a big hurry.  We are all hopeful that #24 will be lined up at corner week one against Atlanta, but if Flowers isn’t ready Brown will likely get the start opposite Stanford Routt.  Eric Berry is also in need of a stellar game in my opinion.  We know the type of player Eric will be long term, but he (along with the entire defense) didn’t look good against the Rams.

Aside from the defensive backfield I need to see those gapping holes the Rams offensive line opened up against KC’s front seven to get plugged.  Several players missed key A gap assignments and more or less got punched in the mouth and pushed off every block.  If Marshann Lynch gets the type of running lanes Stephen Jackson had I am going to break my second remote control in as many weeks.  The Chiefs linebackers need to apply serious pressure to Russell Wilson all night and make him understand what Arrowhead feels like when the earth shakes.  Tamba will be ready to play, still ashamed of his one game suspension upcoming, but I really want to see Justin Houston get loose and put a bull rush on all night.  Historically mobile QB’s have given the Chiefs defense fits, so I look forward to the front seven proving to me they can contain Russell and hold him in the pocket.

Lastly the offense, who by all accounts didn’t look bad in the first half last week (aside from Baldwin’s 1st quarter fumble), is facing a nice preseason challenge against a pretty stout Seahawk defense that was top 15 against both the pass and the run last year.  Cassel checked down quite a few throws last week, and even though with the speed and power we have in our backfield, I need #7 to prove these deep ball gems Baldwin has been delivering in training camp this summer are ready to be executed in live game action.  I like everyone else look forward to seeing Bowe and Baldwin opposite one another for the first time, and if they can stretch the defense as expected Moeaki and Boss should have good games.  I wouldn’t mind if Romeo game Charles the majority of the night off after the first quarter, so we can see if Gray can overtake Draughn for third on the running back depth chart.

So what do you think Addicts, do the Chiefs have more to prove with all starters likely going a full three quarters?

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  • ArrowFan

    Tanney??????

  • Bowe Knows

    Being that we open the season with the Falcons, I think we need to prove we can move the ball and stop the run. Atalnta is a good rushing team so i would like to see us stop Marshan. Also it will interesting how well we deffend the play action with such a young deffensive backfield… Others guys need to step up without Kendrick and Flowers. This will tell us a lot on how the Chiefs will start against Atlanta in my opinion! Go Chiefs!!!!

  • chiefridgy

    We learned from last year how important it is for backups to step in and produce….We need to show that wk. 1 vs. Arizona was no fluke….and yes, Cassel needs to throw a few deep tonight.

    GO CHIEFS!!!

    • Calchiefsfan

      With Bowe back and good play by the o line Cassel just might be able to find some open guys deep.

  • ArrowFan

    Is Sheffield dressing out?

  • tm1946

    Should some draft pick show some skills? This team is not so talented that the draft can be all about future developement.

    • Danny W

      Were you been ol buddy?

      • tm1946

        Playing golf, enjoying Lion’s Head last weekend and of course 5 granddaughters.

        No need to post anything. Content with Chiefs until visit to St Joe and 2 preseason games, not so sure. Tonite will build up my spirits again, I expect a big rebound. Besides after a Chiefs season of grief from posters I need a little love to revive me.

  • APassen

    Great article Tim. To you point they need to contain Wilson in the pocket and plug those holes up front. In talking about Seattle having a stout pass D, I think that is a little over stated. Yes it was top 15 last year, but they played against Kevin Kolb, Alex Smith, and Sam Bradford’s backup 6 times last year. If they were any good they would be top 5 with that schedule. If, and it is a big if, Matt Cassel is worth his salt, he should explode against this Seattle D. However once again it comes down to the front seven containing Wilson in the pocket and plugging the holes upfront thus getting the ball back into Cassel’s hand. IF he can then pick apart this overrated defensive backfield of Seattle… now that’s another story all together.

  • Danny W

    I think Cassel struggles tonight, the secondary gets burnt with out flowers and Lewis, and we lose again. I’ve got a bad feeling were going to lose a bunch of games this year. I sure hope i’m wrong though.

  • BeatTheHellOuttaYou

    I really hope this is the year… Looked that way last year too but with Jamaal Charles gone we had no chance. Just a bad season last year. They looked good against the Cards but the Rams game really got me me worried. I’m hoping for Russel to do good with me being from Wisconsin but I want the Chiefs to stop the big plays. Best case scenario they both get glory.

  • Calchiefsfan

    At this point we should be looking at the coaching as much as anything. The fate of this team depends on good coaching. We’ve got enough talent to make a run. Coaching killed us last year not just the injuries. Specifically offensive coaching.

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