Stuffing the Run
The Chiefs are a team that wants to force teams into third-and-long situations so they can unleash their pass rushers and blitz packages. A big part of making that happen is stuffing the run on early downs and the Chiefs did just that against the Steelers.
Najee Harris is a great young running back, but the Chiefs held him to just 12 carries for 29 yards and 2.4 yards/carry on Sunday. Yes, the Steelers offensive line isn’t great, but the Chiefs were where they needed to be on almost every run and wrapped up the ball carrier when they had a chance.
If the Chiefs can do that again next week against the Bills, it will greatly help their cause. Devin Singletary rushed for 81 yards and 5.1 yards/carry against the Patriots on Saturday, and if the Chiefs consistently give up 5 yards/carry on first or second down to the Bills it will make life way too easy for Josh Allen.
The Chiefs’ defense has been a little “Jekyll and Hyde” against the run this season. At times they have been absolutely dreadful, missing tackles and drifting out of position. At other times they have looked like one of the best run defenses in all of football like they did on Sunday. They will need another good performance against the run next week and will definitely need to wrap up and tackle Allen as he is maybe Buffalo’s best threat to break a big run.
Finally, there was a positive sign in coverage too.