2. Establish the run
I don’t think there is a more important part of the Chiefs game on the field when it comes to winning than running the football. It is absolutely essential to them winning. When the Chiefs run the football they sustain drives and keep the defense fresh and off the field. They take the pressure off Alex Smith and let him relax and make plays in the passing game. Defenses have to focus more guys to stopping the run and it opens up big plays in the passing game. Those big plays put pressure on the opposing offense to answer and they end up forcing things against a fresh defense which leads to turnovers. It’s a chain of events that lead to Chiefs winning games and it all starts with running the football.
Kareem Hunt is special. Period. Check out this tweet from BJ Kissel:
That’s insane. Kareem Hunt has been absolutely brilliant as a rookie despite limited production through the middle part of the season when Andy Reid seemed to abandon the run and the offensive line didn’t look like they were all that motivated to create holes for him when they did actually call run plays. The Chiefs simply HAVE to commit to getting Kareem Hunt the ball. He’s too good of player not to be involved in the offense heavily.
The offensive line has looked much better the past couple of weeks. Maybe it’s the defenses they have faced. Maybe its more of a focus in the game plan and practice. Maybe it’s simply the line playing with more fire and energy like I mentioned in point number one. The bottom line here is that running the football is absolutely an essential part of the Chiefs winning formula.
That’s not the only essential part of the winning formula for the offense.