Chiefs can make statement in likely playoff preview

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 25: Running back Charcandrick West
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 25: Running back Charcandrick West /
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What Pass Rush?

KANSAS CITY, MO – SEPTEMBER 11: Linebacker Dee Ford
KANSAS CITY, MO – SEPTEMBER 11: Linebacker Dee Ford /

Overshadowed by the spectacular play of the secondary in week three was the failure of the Chiefs pass rush. Some have been quick to point out that they were able to push the pocket against the Jets. That’s all well and good, but they didn’t get the job done. They recorded just 4 QB hits and zero sacks. That is an abysmal rate of only 9% success rate getting to the passer.

You have to do better against Ben Roethlisberger. You have to beat the blockers and hit him. He is very tough to sack, but is susceptible if you win the battle and make contact. Collisions are the name of the game versus Roethlisberger. Moving him off of his spot will not help you win this ballgame. The Chiefs have to have sacks.

Conley Quietly Growing into a Weapon

The Chiefs have a viable #2 receiver in Chris Conley. Conley had a solid outing last week, notching more receiving yards than Jeremy Maclin. Conley has molded his game to his physical latents and it is paying off. In his 2nd season, Conley has been able to use his strength as well as his speed. It was a convincing display as he battered the Jets Darrelle Revis repeatedly last Sunday. See here:

On another reception, Conley makes the grab and attacks the coverage for additional yards. Yep, That’s Revis again.

Stat of the Week

Zero. That’s not usually my favorite number. It’s a terrible ranking and not a descriptor you want to be associated with. But, it’s good when referring to the Chiefs 0-4 performance.

In this case, the Chiefs defense allowed 0 red zone conversions against the Jets. New York had four chances in the redzone. Say what you want about Ryan Fitzpatrick, it is still an elite metric for a young defense. They will have some lows, but this was a very big high.

AFC West Power Rankings

Things are settling out in the AFC West. On a neutral field, this is how it plays out at this point in the season.

What do you think, Addicts… Can the Chiefs step up and beat the Steelers?