The five-step checklist for the Kansas City Chiefs to move past the Dolphins

Will the Kansas City Chiefs be able to overcome their recent struggles and defeat the Miami Dolphins in a crucial Wild Card game? Find out what they need to do to secure a victory.

Dec 10, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs with
Dec 10, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs with / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Let Isiah Pacheco loose

At this point, everyone in the country is fully aware of how cold it's going to be tonight. Although I don't 100% buy into the notion the cold itself will eliminate both team's passing attacks, though the win might. Either way, the running game on both sides of the ball of the ball will be important and Isiah Pacheco is the key for Kansas City.

If there is one thing that defenders hate to do in frigid conditions, it's tackle. The ground is harder and it doesn't get any easier as the game goes on. Isiah Pacheco is a nightmare to bring down as runs hard and is very physical.

I'm not a guy who 100% believes that every team has to "establish the run" to have a solid offense, but I think it makes sense in this game. Pacheco can be used as a weapon to wear down the Miami defense early in the game, which should set up more explosive plays in crunch time.

Letting Isiah Pacheco run wild will also take some pressure off the limited Chiefs' passing game and create a more balanced offense. If #10 can get rolling in this game, Kansas City will be tough to beat.