Kansas City Chiefs: Perfect Game Plan, Too Many Mistakes On Offense

John BartramCorrespondent IIDecember 5, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 05:  Head coach Todd Haley of the Kansas City Chiefs pats head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos on the head following the game on December 5, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Broncos were not going up by 35 points in this game, in the first quarter or any quarter.

The pundits will point out the Chiefs mistakes, which were many, but will no doubt miss the big picture.

Kansas City was not going to let Kyle Orton pass.  They did not mind Knowshon Moreno getting some yards on the ground, not matter how it looked.

Orton was averaging over 305 yards per game.  Today, he threw for 117 yards and didn't look good doing it.

Brandon Carr, where have you been all season?  What has been considered the Chiefs biggest weakness turned into their strength today.  Their secondary played a lights out game.

They pressured Orton all game long not allowing him to get into any rhythm. The Chiefs had four sacks, one forced fumble and harassed Orton all day. 

Now, the Chiefs mistakes.

They'd better correct them.  No more sacrificing touchdowns because of penalties. 

No more stupid play calls on fourth down. Don't start on the "going for it" on fourth down.  I have supported the decision in almost every case, but have objected to the play call in most of them. Run the ball straight up the middle.  If you fail, you leave Denver at the 1- or 2-yard line.  It worked out anyway, but it could have been a big play, no matter what happened.

The Chiefs gave up a fumble and a sack at a very inopportune time.  Both of those are actually very rare for the Chiefs. 

All of that said, the Chiefs once against showed they can win in a number of different ways.  For all the critics who will come out this week, I will acknowledge the errors, but will be objective as well.

Matt Cassel once again played mistake-free football.  Jamaal Charles showed why he is arguably the best running back in football. Dexter McCluster showed his versatility.  Brandon Carr stepped up. 

Additionally, the Charger lost to the Raiders.  The Chiefs now control their destiny in the AFC West.  They can eliminate the Chargers next week.

All they have to do is correct some mistakes and keep on winning, and they will be in the playoffs.

Welcome to a new era.