Santschi: My Take

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Things to watch for as the Kansas City Chiefs prepare for a road game

Last week the team that played the best did not win the game. The Chiefs had 19 first downs, 338 total net yards, and sacked QB Joe Flacco four times. That’s enough to win most games. The Chiefs had possession of the ball for nearly ten more minutes than the Ravens and yet, that extra time couldn’t eclipse the four turnovers the Chiefs committed.

If the Chiefs play the way they did last Sunday, minus the turnovers, they win the football game in Tampa Bay. If they can keep the opposing offense out of the end zone, if they can protect the ball and bully the defense the way they did this past weekend, well, my take is the Chiefs will fly home with a 2-4 record heading into the bye week.

Fast Facts
- Justin Houston is tied for the NFL lead with 11.5 sacks since December 1, 2011. Tamba Hail is ranked eleventh with eight sacks.

- Through five weeks, the Chiefs are second in the NFL with 180.8 rushing yards per game, trailing only the San Francisco 49ers, who average 195.8 yards per contest.

- During the September 23rd contest against New Orleans, Ryan Succop’s 19 points gained is a single-game high in the NFL this season.

- The Chiefs rank second in the AFC with 118 first downs through the first five weeks of the season. Kansas City has posted 65 passing first downs, 45 rushing first downs and eight with via penalties.

- On October 14, 2007 the Chiefs defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 27-20 at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City’s defense sacked Cincinnati QB Carson Palmer four times and intercepted two passes.

- Also on this day, in 1962 the Cuban Missile Crisis began, in 1939 Ralph Lauren was born and last but not least, Steve Bartman made an awful choice to reach out and grab a souvenir at a Cubs game in 2003. Whoops!

Records to Watch
Dwayne Bowe has 79 career receptions of 20 yards, the third-highest total in team history. He needs three more to bypass WR Eddie Kennison (81) for second. Bowe also has 387 career receptions to rank fifth in Chiefs history, needing five more catches to move past E Chris Burford (391) for fifth.

Jamaal Charles With one more 10 yard rush Charles becomes only the third player in club history to record at least 100 10 yard rushing plays in their career.

Dustin Colquitt has 596 career punts, the second-best mark in Chiefs history. A long way off is P Jerrel Wilson (1,018) is first in Chiefs history. With four more punts, he will be only the second player in Chiefs history to punt at least 600 times in their Kansas City career.

Tamba Hali has started all 99 games he’s played in for the Chiefs. He is expected to start his 100th game as a member of the Chiefs on Sunday at Tampa Bay.

Derrick Johnson has 787 career tackles; with 14 more tackles he will become the sixth member of the Chiefs to break the 800-tackle plateau.

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