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Five Keys to Victory: Chiefs vs. Cowboys



Every week, we here at Arrowhead Addict break down the Chiefs’ matchup of the week and predict five things the team will have to do in order to win. Welcome to Five Keys to Victory.


Key #1: Pressure Tony Romo

Tony Romo is very well known for the poor decisions he makes when he drops back to pass.  There are so many memes about Tony Romo getting intercepted that I’m about to unlike the NFL Meme page on Facebook. The Kansas City Chiefs currently lead the NFL in sacks and Justin Houston has half of the six sacks that the Chiefs have. If  Dontari Poe, who will be going up against rookie center Travis Frederick, can pressure Romo along with Houston, you can bet the ball will end up in the hands of someone on the Kansas City Chiefs defensive unit.


Key #2: Special Teams Needs to Be Special

Last week we saw something no one expected. David Toub’s punt unit let up a blocked punt safety that gave the Jaguars an early lead. After a fantastic preseason this was a shock to many people. I think that can be contributed to all the new guys on those special teams units. You can bet after this week problems like these aren’t likely to happen. Dexter McCluster had the longest punt return in week one so we know there is still something going on there.  Special Teams needs to look like they did in the preseason against the Dallas Cowboys so the Chiefs can get an early edge.


Key #3: Alex Smith Needs to Take Some Chances

You can bet your bottom dollar that the Dallas Cowboys have watched the tape of the Jaguars game and know that Alex Smith is check down McGee. They will be keying the short passes and keying the running backs out of the backfield. Alex Smith nearly had a huge play to Anthony Fasano on the first play of the game against the Jaguars. The Chiefs should try to make some plays and make them early. I wouldn’t even be against a trick play or two. This is going to be a much tougher game than the Jaguars. The Chiefs need every advantage they can get because you know everyone and their mother is rooting for “America’s team” to upset the small market team from Kansas City.


Key #4: Chiefs Fans Showing Up and Being LOUD

This is important. This is the Chiefs home opener and it’s arguably one of the most important games of the year. This is the real test. This could be the Chiefs coming out party. A win would spoil ESPN’s day. The Chiefs blew out a horrible team last weekend. Now they come back to Arrowhead against a solid team. The fans need to be so loud, that they feel this all the way in Dallas. 116 decibels.

Key #5: Defend the Run

With guys like Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, and Jason Witten, you know the Cowboys will throw the football. However, I know the Chiefs will game plan that. What I am worried about is the Chiefs being so worried about the pass that DeMarco Murray runs well and sets up the play action for Tony Romo to pick apart the defense. The Chiefs need to use Bob Sutton’s aggressive style defense, use the home field to their advantage, and stop Murray like they stopped Maurice Jones-Drew, who is by far and away the more talented player.


Alright Addicts, I hope I did as good of a job as Jason, let me know what you think and as always GO CHIEFS!!!


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Tags: Alex Smtih Dallas Cowboys DeMarco Murray Dexter McCluster Justin Houston Kansas City Chiefs Tony Romo

  • Jason Seibel

    Well done amigo! Thanks for the assist!

  • Deaudrey Dre-Mac MacDonald

    Good stuff my man and your right the crowd as to be old school 90′s loud. Poe is the key to the defense. If the rook can’t block him then the defense is going to have a field day. And yes Alex has to hit people down field. Bowe should look like Boldin did in that Green Bay game. Should be a good game.

  • Kenny Cember

    Thanks guys appreciate it.

  • berttheclock

    As to the “Checkdown McGee” comment. Yes, the top seven rated QBs for the first week all won and their Yards per pass averages went from P Manning’s 11.00 down to Schaub at 7.69. However, Eli threw for a 10.71 YPA, Rodgers 9.00, Dalton 8.55, Palmer 8.18 and Ponder 8.43 and all lost. Alex Smith’s average was only 5.09, Romo was 5.37, Brady without his usual star receivers was only 5.20 and Jake Locker’s was 6.25 and all won.
    However, I agree that I would like to see the average by Alex Smith increase. As the play book opens and McGrath works his way into playing more as a 2nd TE, those stats will rise. Perhaps, when Gabbert returns his paltry average of well under 4 will increase, especially, due to the fact he will no longer have Poe, Houston, Hali, Catapano conducting their Sunday “Preyer” Meetings atop him.
    Now, let this Sunday afternoon become yet another “religious” gathering atop Mr Romo.

  • berttheclock

    Yes, some keep saying it was only Jacksonville, but, what I fully appreciated about last week, was the fact I no longer saw an opposing QB standing tall far back in the pocket saying “Eight Alligator, Nine Alligator, etc”. Gabbert never was able to get beyond “Two Alligator” at times. Let Romo never get beyond “Three..”

  • Tanner Cobb

    Don’t have the game this week because Fox would rather I watch the Rams and Flacons… Oh well I guess the radio will have to do… Go Chiefs!

    • berttheclock

      In my area, it will be the Redskins-Packers, but, we have an excellent Chiefs’ bar in D’s Bar at 67th and Sandy, Portland, OR and much Red and Gold will be a’cheerin’.

  • Mark Bustamante

    You hit the nail on the head. I would also add take care of the football. NO FUMBLES AND NO INTERCEPTIONS. If the can do these 6 things it will add up to a W!!’ GO CHIEFS

  • JTracker

    Dallas Cowboys 31
    Kansas City 21

    Go Cowboys!

    • berttheclock

      Thank you, Waylon, for your “Momma, don’t let your babies grow up to be Cowboys”.

      • Chris Tarrants

        I laughed so hard I think I pee’d a little

    • Jason J Morrison

      how did that one work out for ya?

      • JTracker

        My boys took a vacation that’s all…can win em all.