The formula to beat the Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs win games with a simple formula:
- Great defense and
- The running game.
Great defense, for the Chiefs, starts with the pass rush of Justin Houston and Tomba Hali. These two are as good as it gets and Hali in particular was the bane of Aaron Rodgers’ existence when the two teams met last. The Packers’ offensive line is quite a bit better than it was then, with the best guard combo in the NFL and the hard-nosed Linsley at center. David Bhaktiari had his struggles against the Seahawks but he is as good as it gets as well. But assuming the Packers can handle Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs’ running game, this win could hinge on the way the Packers handle the Chiefs’ pass rush.
That…in turn… makes success for Jeff Janis questionable at best. Janis’ speed is something that I think the Packers can (and should) exploit. But the pass rush of the Chiefs requires that Aaron Rodgers stay within a 3 or maybe at times 5 step drop. Janis’ forte is the go route (not that he can’t get better at route running in general) and the seven step drop. But the seven step drop puts too much pressure on the Packers’ offensive line. So I have to wonder if “today’s the day” for Jeff Janis.
On the other hand, the Chiefs have not had a passing touchdown to a receiver for…like…20 years. So the Packers short game and the running of (hopefully) James Starks are the way to keep the Chiefs’ running game from amassing enough points to win. Again, Janis (and though I hate to make the equation) like Nelson, is an immediate touchdown threat. But that may actually NOT bode well for a Packers team that needs to be methodical and has been in the first two games of the season.
So, while I am entirely on the side of those who want to see Jeff Janis get a chance to play in the regular season with Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball…I just don’t think that now is the time. But what do you think? Am I right on…or am I crazy? Let me know in the comments below or back on the Facebook Fanpage.