One thing that is evidently clear about the NFL this year is the fact that the Kansas Chiefs and New Orleans Saints do not look to be playoff contenders. They both play sloppily and have defenses that just give up points. While this a rough road for the Drew Brees led Saints, it is familiar territory for the Chiefs. They will need to utilize their running backs as well as toughen up their defense if they wish to make it a game against the Saints on Sunday.
Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel has been an adequate quarterback for the team since he came over from the New England Patriots. He, however, is not explosive enough to win games with his arm. This is why the Chiefs using their amazing running backs is the key to them beating the NFL odds and covering the +9 they need against a tough Saints team. By creating gaps for backs Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster, they will be able to put points on the board before the Saints know what hit them. It is an effective strategy the Chiefs certainly should consider before Sunday.
Their running backs rising to the occasion may not be enough to stop the onslaught of the Saints offense, however, if the Chiefs defense cannot get their act together. They currently have the second worst defense in the league and they do not look to be getting better. The Chiefs have allowed 75 points from opposing teams already this season They will need to cut down on that dramatically if they want to even stand a chance against Drew Brees’ incredible arm.
If the Chiefs can get the ball into the hands of their running backs and find a way to make their defense a threat, they may have a chance against a failing New Orleans Saints team. If not, they may be looking at yet another loss.