The Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC West last year with smoke and mirrors. People love to talk about Jamaal Charles like he's the second coming of Gayle Sayers, but that simply isn't the case.
He's a good player but Chiefs had a well-designed, smoke-and-mirrors running game last year. The misdirections, fake reverses, traps and sweeps off inside handoffs are good ways to get Charles going.
You can't just line him up in the I-formation, give him the ball and let him go because he's not that type of back. Their running game isn't physical enough and that's why the Raiders out-rushed the Chiefs in both of their games last year.
Former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is now in Florida, so the design of their running and passing game is no longer the same. The Chiefs also can't stop the run as they allowed Buffalo's Fred Jackson of all people to rush for more than 100 yards yesterday.
And if the Chiefs can't contain Stevie Johnson and Roscoe Parish, they can forget bout stopping Jacoby Ford and the track team. And unfortunately, the one great player the Chiefs do have in their secondary (Eric Berry) looks to have a serious knee injury.
Then you can add the fact that the Chiefs don't protect the quarterback very well. Against the Raiders' defensive line, not being able to protect the quarterback severely hurts your chances of beating the Raiders.
That will be their fatal flaw when the Chiefs play the Raiders in 2011.