How the Kansas City Chiefs can beat the Green Bay Packers
By Byron Smith
The Game Plan to Beat the Packers
We are going to go step by step on how to beat the Packers, from the opening whistle to the clock reading double zeroes.
Step 0ne: Pound the Football
The Packers’ run defense is porous at best, so K.C. needs to attack that hard and fast. Attack the middle of the defense early with Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson‘s strong running style, and stretch the defense horizontally with runs to the outside using Lesean McCoy and Damien Williams shiftiness. Throw in a Travis Kelce shovel pass and a Mecole Hardman end around for good measure. Run mostly two back sets in order to keep the plays from getting predictable, using every back on the roster to keep fresh legs on the field.
Step Two: Make Travis Kelce the First Option
Once the run game has been thoroughly established, the defense will slow down and start to lean in to protect against the run. This opens up opportunities for Travis Kelce to get free of the linebackers and wide open in the seams and in the middle of the field. Tired linebackers will also struggle playing physical football and contesting catches against the much larger tight end. Therefore, Kelce needs to be Matt Moore‘s number one target throughout the night.
Step Three: Stay Disciplined
The Packers have been coached well in that they commit very few fouls and draw flags from opponents when outplayed. The Chiefs need to stay away from committing unnecessary fouls, make the Packers earn every single yard rather then giving it away for free. Without penalties, the Packers drop below 30% on third down conversions, and find themselves punting more often then they already do. (They have punted the ball away the sixth most times in the NFL.)
Step Four: Rush the Passer
As long as the run game is working, the Chiefs will be controlling the clock, keeping the Packers offense on the sideline. That means Aaron Rodgers will need to take advantage of every opportunity. The Packers’ run game is not reliable or consistent enough to lean on, so Rodgers will be the primary weapon for the Packers’ offense. Eliminate him from the game and the Chiefs can eliminate the Packers offense. So the plan is to flush him out of the pocket or sack him as often as possible, wearing him out throughout the course of the entire game. He is already struggling with a knee and he is not getting any younger, so running around outside of the pocket is not ideal, maybe not even possible, for Aaron Rodgers.
Step Five: Play Until the Final Whistle
The Packers have had multiple games that were decided in the final moments of the game, so it is important to keep your foot on the gas until the clock reads zero. Give 100% until the game is absolutely over and do not let Rodgers capitalize on any door left open.