[Topeka Capital-Journal] It is the big play that is missing.
Through two lackluster losses, the Chiefs have dinked and dunked. They’ve kept everything in front of them.
But they haven’t gone big on offense or defense or special teams.
“We have to be a little bit more aggressive and I think we can do that offensively — as far as getting some big plays down the field,” Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said.
If you have one hand, you can count the Chiefs’ big offensive plays: Johnson had a 24-yard run against Denver and a 25-yard reception against the Bengals. Damon Huard has completed passes of 37 and 25 yards (Johnson’s) and Tony Gonzalez has a 21-yard grab.
It has equated to 16 total points and the NFL’s No. 27 offense.
“We’ve got to open it up a little bit more,” Edwards said. “We’ve got to score some more points. You can’t average eight points a game and win a whole lot of games in this league.”
Though the Chiefs are No. 7 in total defense and 10th in points allowed, they have just two takeaways and have benefited from sloppy field conditions in Week 1 and fabulous punting in Week 2.
Kansas City is allowing 16 points per game.
“If you can do that for a season you’re going to be in the top five in points allowed in the league,” Edwards said. “We’ve got to continue to hold the points down.”
But even on defense, the momentum-shifters have been minimal. Jared Allen had a sack and forced fumble against Cincinnati. Greg Wesley had a pick against Denver. That’s it.
“The sacks will come,” Edwards said. “I just think what happens to us a little bit is they know we’re going to bring pressure so they get the ball out of their hands.”