Chiefs vs. Patriots: Tamba Hali and Players Who Can Make Life Hard for Tom Brady

Brian Dezelske@@BrianDezelskeCorrespondent IIINovember 21, 2011

Chiefs vs. Patriots: Tamba Hali and Players Who Can Make Life Hard for Tom Brady

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    The Kansas City Chiefs travel up to Foxborough to take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football on ESPN.

    The Chiefs have a chance to get back to .500 and one game back in the AFC West with a big win tonight.

    If the Chiefs are to pull off an upset of the Pats, it’s going to be on the defensive side of the ball and containing that high-powered offense.

    In dissecting their defense, five names stick out as keys to K.C. walking out with a win.

Tamba Hali (DE)

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    Tamba Hali has notched six of the nine sacks that the Chiefs have this year, which obviously leads the team.

    Getting by Patriots left tackle Matt Light and disrupting the timing with Brady and his receivers will be Hali’s top concern.

    If he’s able to do that consistently, and cause a turnover in the process, he’ll help keep the score close, and that plays right into the Chiefs' hands.

Derrick Johnson (ILB)

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    Derrick Johnson needs to clamp down on either Rob Gronkowski or Aaron Hernandez in the passing game.

    Those tight ends stretch the middle of the field so well and make it almost impossible for defenses to cover.

    They are both such a big part of what the Patriots do that just cutting what they do in half will force Brady to look elsewhere.

Brandon Flowers (CB)

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    Brandon Flowers will draw the unenviable task of covering Wes Welker all night long.

    If he shuts Welker down, he shuts Tom Brady’s biggest threat down, and that seriously hinders what Brady and that offense can do.

Romeo Crennel (DC)

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    Romeo Crennel is not a player, but he could very well be the most important person on the Kansas City Chiefs' payroll this week.

    Crennel coached the defense for the New England Patriots during their Super Bowl years and knows everything about Tom Brady, having coached against him every day in practices.

    Knowing what he knows about Brady should have helped him to devise a game plan, which will put his playmakers in position to make one or two game-changing plays.

Bill Muir (Offensive Coordinator)

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    The offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs better have a game plan that keeps Tom Brady off the field.

    Bill Muir is that guy who, along with Todd Haley, should have a well-designed plan that balances the run and the pass, while not putting too much pressure on Tyler Palko who makes his first career start.

    The Chiefs do have an outside shot at winning this game, but it will come down to what they can do in the running game.

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