Sep 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson (12) looks to run as Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson (25) defends during the game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Everyone knew coming into the 2015 season that if healthy, KC’s three leading receivers would be (in no particular order) Jeremy Maclin, Travis Kelce, and Jamaal Charles. That three headed monster on offense gives KC as potent of trio on offense as anyone in the league. However, if KC wants to open up the field for those three and give them the space they need to make big plays they have to have some contributions from other players.
Through two games that hasn’t happened yet.
KC’s “big three” have combined for 28 receptions, 321 yards, and three touchdowns. All the other offensive players combined have put up just 10 receptions, 113 yards, and no scores. While there is value in consistently getting the ball in the hands of your best players, at a certain point you are hurting those players if you don’t force defenses to cover the entire field. I don’t care if its Albert Wilson, DeAnthony Thomas, Chris Conley, or James O’Shaughnessy, the Chiefs have to make teams pay if they focus all their attention on the “big three” and dare KC to beat them with other players.
As I mentioned before, the Packers defense is ok, but it’s not like they have slew of great defensive backs that can shut guys down. If they put most of their focus on covering Maclin, Kelce, and Charles there will be plays out there for those other guys. First off, Alex Smith has to trust them enough to throw them the ball and when he does those players have to step up and make plays. All four of those guys I mentioned above have the physical skills needed to make plays at the NFL level. They just have to go out and do it.
If the Chiefs can get some production out of those players the Chiefs offense will be hard to stop and KC will give themselves a real shot to win the game.
Finally, Marcus Peters needs some help in coverage.
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