Kansas City Chiefs: What You Need to Know Heading into Week 2

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Kansas City Chiefs: What You Need to Know Heading into Week 2
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Expectations are high following the Kansas City Chiefs' demolishing of the Jacksonville Jaguars this past Sunday.  The Chiefs won their opening game in dominant fashion, 28-2, led by a defense that didn't allow the Jaguars to cross their own 50-yard line until there was under a minute remaining in the game.

This week, however, presents a different challenge.  While the Chiefs will get the Dallas Cowboys at home, they present a much tougher challenge than the Jaguars offense did.

 

Division Standings

AFC West Division Standings

Team Wins Losses
Denver 1 0
Kansas City 1 0
San Diego 0 1
Oakland 0 1

After one week of play, Kansas City sits tied atop the division with Denver, with Oakland having been edged out by Indianapolis and San Diego having been bested by Houston as time expired in their losses. 

 

NFC East Division Standings

Team Wins Losses
Dallas 1 0
Philadelphia 1 0
New York 0 1
Washington 0 1

Dallas enters the game with the Chiefs atop its division, tied with the Philadelphia Eagles.  The Cowboys survived a near scare with the New York Giants last week, despite having forced six turnovers.  If the Chiefs hope to win this game, they can't be as careless with the football as the Giants were.

 

Injury Report

(courtesy of NFL.com)

Kansas City

Name Position Injury Practice Status Game Status
Jamaal Charles HB Quad Unknown Probable
Donald Stephenson OT Shoulder Full Probable
Travis Kelce TE Knee Limited Questionable
Quintin Demps S Hamstring Full Probable
Eric Fisher OT Shoulder Full Probable
Allen Bailey DE Non Injury Non-Participant Questionable
Nico Johnson LB Ankle Non-Participant Questionable
Jon Asamoah OG Calf Non-Participant Questionable
Dezman Moses LB Toe Full Probable

 

Dallas 

Name Position Injury Practice Status Game Status
Tony Romo QB Ribs Limited Probable
Dez Bryant WR Foot Limited Questionable
Anthony Spencer DE Knee Non-Participant Doubtful
Danny McCray S Hamstring Non-Participant Doubtful
Ben Bass DE Shoulder Non-Participant Doubtful
Lance Dunbar RB Foot Non-Participant Doubtful
Ronald Leary OG Knee Full Probable

For the Chiefs, Jamaal Charles' injury doesn't appear to be serious.  He actually returned for two plays against the Jaguars on Sunday, before being removed from the game for good for "precautionary" reasons.

The Cowboys' two main injuries appear a bit more serious.  Both Tony Romo and Dez Bryant's X-rays and MRIs came back negative.  According to Todd Archer of ESPN.com, Bryant has stated publicly he'll play, but it remains to be seen what the team's medical staff has to say about that.

 

What Must Improve

For the Chiefs to win this game, the offense is going to have to be less conservative.  Dallas' defensive coordinator, and architect of the famed "Tampa-2" defense, thrives on taking away the underneath yardage from teams with a creative mix of zone blitzing, forcing quarterbacks to find the soft spot in the zones down the seams and near the sidelines.

On defense, Kansas City will need to be effective with the pass rush, as it was against the Jaguars, and also cover better out the slot.  Dallas Cowboys head coach, and offensive architect, Jason Garrett likes to work his top receivers into the slot and create mismatches.  The Chiefs struggles at times covering the slot against Jacksonville, though the Jaguars never turned that into any production.

The Chiefs also struggled to contain the quarterback this preseason, while their Week 1 opponent Blaine Gabbert wasn't a threat to take off, Cowboys quarterback Romo certainly is. 

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