Packers vs. Chiefs: 5 Halftime Adjustments Kansas City Must Make

Jeff KneisSenior Analyst IIIDecember 18, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 04: Thomas Jones #20 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 4, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chiefs defeated the Bears 10-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Kansas City comes into this tough matchup looking for their sixth win. Kyle Orton gets the start and looks to find a way to break the Packers undefeated record.

The Chiefs have out played the Packers in the first half. The offense and defense both put in solid performances and gave themselves a shot to give the Packers their first loss.

Here are five things Kansas City must do in the second half against Green Bay:

1) Continue to Have a Balanced Offense

The Chiefs showed on their first drive how dangerous their offense can be when they can run and pass the ball effectively.

Kyle Orton needs to clean up a few of his throws, but the Chiefs need to keep to their game plan and keep the Packers defense off balance.

2) Keep the Packers Offense Off the Field

The Chiefs need to find a way to keep the Packers offense off the field as much as possible. The defense needs to step up and force a few three-and-outs. 

The offense also needs to sustain drives and run the ball consistently. Expect the Chiefs to continue to try to control the clock.

3) Open Up the Playbook

Even though Kyle Orton most likely doesn't know the full playbook yet, the Chiefs coaching staff needs to trust him to win the game for the Chiefs.

He has been solid so far and looks poised to give the Chiefs a shot at winning the game in the second half. 

4) Bend Don't Break Defense

The Packers offense will eventually start to click and the Chiefs defense needs to limit big plays. The Chiefs defense needs to try to limit the Packers to field goals, not touchdowns.

5) Keep Finding Dwayne Bowe

The Packers had problems covering Dwayne Bowe in the first half. Kyle Orton needs to look his way and try to get the dangerous playmaker the ball.

Expect the Chiefs to try to find Bowe deep downfield a few times in the second half.

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