The slumping Kansas City Chiefs host the unbeaten Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon. Many are expecting a blood bath, but should they be?
First of all, Arrowhead Stadium is traditionally a difficult place to play. However, this season, the Chiefs are just 2-4 at home, and there's no doubt the Packers come in with many of the miscellaneous advantages: coaching, motivation (Green Bay can lock up the league's best record), momentum and confidence.
Green Bay is also top five in the league in turnover differential, fewest penalties and yards penalized. Kansas City is in the bottom half of the league in all three.
These are the reasons the Chiefs fired head coach Todd Haley this week and will be turning the reins over to Romeo Crennel for the remainder of this season. Last year, teams did that after playing the Packers (see Vikings and Cowboys within days and 49ers within weeks).
Crennel is not exactly accomplished, going just 24-40 in four years at the helm of the Cleveland Browns. However, one of his 24 wins did come at the expense of Mike McCarthy's Packers; he knows defense and coaching changes can motivate a team.
His first move was to make Kyle Orton his starting quarterback. Orton has an injured right index finger but is expected to go. If not, rookie Kyle Stanzi will get his first career start, as Tyler Palko was demoted to No. 3 on the depth chart.
All of the following matchups consider the players expected to play in the game; the season-to-date only helps assess their value...