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Warrior5
10-10-2006, 10:04 AM
This game rivals the Donk game in terms of “underdogness”. While the Steelers are 1-3, they’re still the defending SB champs and loaded with talent. The onus will yet again be on the Chiefs D to keep them in the game, and the O will have to pull some magic out of its butt to score on the Steeler’s tough defense. Our injury list looks like the inpatient roster at a MASH unit. Some stats:

KC Score O – 20 ppg (13) vs PITT Score D – 19 ppg (13)…PITT adv w/homefield
KC Rush O – 106 ypg (18) vs PITT Rush D – 89 ypg (10)...PITT adv
KC Pass O – 194 ypg (20) vs PITT Pass D – 218 ypg (22)...wash w/homefield

PITT Score O – 15 ppg (27) vs KC Score D – 13 ppg (6)... KC adv
PITT Rush O – 103 ypg (22) vs KC Rush D – 107 ypg (18)...wash
PITT Pass O – 179 ypg (24) vs KC Pass D – 148 ypg (4)… KC adv

Turnovers:
PITT – 7 INTs & 3 fumbles in 4 games (-3)
KC – 1 INT & 6 fumbles in 4 games (0)

BIG Homefield Advantage: STEELERS

PITT Key Players (against Phins, Jags, Bengals, & Chargers):
QB Roethlesberger – 569 yds, 54% comp., 0 TDs, 7 INTs
RB Parker – 325 yds, 3.8 ypc, 3 TDs
LB Foote – 21 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 FF
LB Haggans – 22 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 FF
Key PITT injuries: LB Harrison (ankle) – Q.

Steeler’s last game: After going up 10-0, the Chargers’ tenacious D shut Roethlesberger down and dominated the Steelers in a game that wasn’t as close as the score.

KC Key Players (against Bengals, Donks, 49ers, and Cards):
QB Huard – 769 yds, 70% comp., 5 TDs, 0 INTs
RB Johnson – 331 yds, 3.7 ypc, 2 TDs
DEs Allen & Hali, secondary and LBs
P Colquitt
Key KC injuries (besides Green): RB Bennett (hammy) – O, WR Hall (hip) – Q, LT Turley (back) – Q, CB Sapp (knee) – O, OT Svitek (knee) - O.

Chiefs’ last game: fueled by the defense, the Chiefs came from behind against a surprisingly dominating Cards performance and won by a FG in AZ.

Colquitt must shape a long playing field for the Steelers’ O. Chiefs could really use a score by Hall/Webb, because opposing teams are stacking the box to neutralize our run game with great success. Somehow, the O-line MUST establish a semblance of a running game against a stifling PITT run D. Having said all that, this game is winnable for the Chiefs.

Hoover
10-10-2006, 10:06 AM
If Big Ben continues to struggle, I like our chances.

noa
10-10-2006, 10:07 AM
We can't afford turnovers in this game. I hope we can hang onto the ball and force Big Ben to make some mistakes.
Good primer, thanks for the stats.

HemiEd
10-10-2006, 10:14 AM
If Big Ben continues to struggle, I like our chances.

I think he is way over-rated.

boogblaster
10-10-2006, 10:17 AM
I like our chances..this said.. we still have to bring our A-game....

Chiefs Pantalones
10-10-2006, 10:23 AM
We will have to bring it. And I mean BRING it. They are 1-3. Their playoff hopes, while it is just week 6, are slim because of the Bengals and Ravens impressive seasons' so far. We must play mistake free football, and just hope to win it at the end, as much as it pains me to say those Marty/Herm words. Look for a defensive struggle. First team to 10 points wins.

Of course, now that I say that, watch it be a shoot-out.

RINGLEADER
10-10-2006, 10:36 AM
what needs to happen:

1) damon huard throws the ball downfield with success...
2) larry johnson runs the ball with more authority...
3) ben rothlisberger continues to play like crap...
4) no chiefs turnovers...

if we manage any 3 of the 4 keys above I think we win...

Logical
10-10-2006, 10:37 AM
Excellent analysis Warrior5 rep is on the way.:clap:

Logical
10-10-2006, 10:39 AM
I think we will be lucky to see LJ play in this game, that could change our entire strategy. With either limited or no time we will have to significantly alter the game style.

Chiefs Pantalones
10-10-2006, 10:45 AM
I think we will be lucky to see LJ play in this game, that could change our entire strategy. With either limited or no time we will have to significantly alter the game style.

Herm said he's playing.

kaplin42
10-10-2006, 10:53 AM
Great post to the OP.

The key to this entire game is not on Pitt. It is the Chiefs offensive line. Pitts offense can be lethal, but Ben has been off center lately, and I think we can take advantage of that. The Chiefs run D is excellent, and our guys swarm to the ball on every play. Pitts recievers while talented are not the fastest guys on the planet, so coverage shouldn't be a problem.

The problem will come with our O-Line. Pitt is an edge rushing team, and sadly that is where we are not just bad, but pathetic. We can't expect our D to hold Pitt to no points, but if we don't get a decent pass block on the outside, we will be held to no points. On top of that, as mentioned already in this thread, the O-Line needs to step up the run blocking too. Which will be nye impossible against Pitts rush defense. LJ is in for a long day, hope he is well rested and rembers to tuck that ball high and tight.

The game plan should be a traditional Herm game plan, and run that damn ball. Even if we are not getting a lot of yards, the Chiefs need to establish LJ as a threat early, if they can do that, then I think we could have a chance. But if Herm and Solari panick like last week, we are doomed.

burt
10-10-2006, 11:06 AM
I think we will be lucky to see LJ play in this game, that could change our entire strategy. With either limited or no time we will have to significantly alter the game style.

I believe LJ is a stud. He will have a sore neck til Thursday...then he will be ready for the Steelers.

Chiefnj
10-10-2006, 11:11 AM
I wouldn't be shocked if there are as many defensive TD's in the game as offensive TD's. Big Ben has been playing poorly and with all the screens and quick passes the Chiefs have been throwing it's just a matter of time before some DB's jump them for a quick 6.

Warrior5
10-10-2006, 11:15 AM
...The key to this entire game is not on Pitt. It is the Chiefs offensive line... The problem will come with our O-Line. Pitt is an edge rushing team, and sadly that is where we are not just bad, but pathetic...LJ is in for a long day, hope he is well rested and rembers to tuck that ball high and tight.

Agree on all counts, and this is why the whole Bennett situation ticks me off so much. Our O-line is not going to magically improve by Sunday (unless Turley is ready, and even then...), and our rushing game is literally one-deep right now. The pathetic Cards shut down LJ with 8 in the box, so you can bet the Steelers will bring at least 2 LBs on most downs.

Thanks for nothing, Bennett. :cuss:

Reerun_KC
10-10-2006, 11:19 AM
I believe LJ is a stud. He will have a sore neck til Thursday...then he will be ready for the Steelers.


If he doesnt start holding on to the ball and running like we know he can! Then we will quickly go from Stud to Dud....


He doesnt seem to be running with the same passion and intensity as last year. What has happened to LJ?

Warrior5
10-10-2006, 11:22 AM
He doesnt seem to be running with the same passion and intensity as last year. What has happened to LJ?

His O-line sucks.

Gaz
10-10-2006, 11:22 AM
...He doesnt seem to be running with the same passion and intensity as last year. What has happened to LJ?

Willie Roaf happened to Johnson.

xoxo~
Gaz
Finds this truth to be self-evident.

burt
10-10-2006, 11:23 AM
If he doesnt start holding on to the ball and running like we know he can! Then we will quickly go from Stud to Dud....


He doesnt seem to be running with the same passion and intensity as last year. What has happened to LJ?

Maybe Herm should say something about his diaper...get him to "run angry" again.... Actually, this is the first game where LJ wasn't awesome...he was just good. I don't have any doubts bout LJ.

Gaz
10-10-2006, 11:25 AM
His O-line sucks.

Another way of making the same point.

Do folks really expect Johnson to simply blow through a stacked line against professional football players? He has no hole to run through to get up momentum against the smaller players in the secondary.

xoxo~
Gaz
Not willing to demand miraculous ability from his RB.

Reerun_KC
10-10-2006, 11:34 AM
O- line sucks?

Once I posted that, I realized that I-65 is still on the field. MY BAD!

Braincase
10-10-2006, 11:48 AM
Good news... looks like we signed the old lady that hit Roethlisberger to the practice squad... expect to see her and her Buick on the field come Sunday. She'll be taking Sims roster spot.

Warrior5
10-10-2006, 11:52 AM
Another way of making the same point.

Do folks really expect Johnson to simply blow through a stacked line against professional football players? He has no hole to run through to get up momentum against the smaller players in the secondary.

xoxo~
Gaz
Not willing to demand miraculous ability from his RB.


Gaz!
Haven't seen you in a while. Welcome back, fellow D homer.

TinyEvel
10-10-2006, 11:56 AM
Great primer. This is one instance where I like Herm's coaching style. He went int o the AZ game saying they were gonna be tougher than expected, with the effect of Leinart starting. He was right.
I think that's why we held up during that game, shut down their scoring after the half, and got points. He had kept up hope and didn't panic. Who said he and Solari panicked? Every time they showed him from what I saw, he seemed pretty stoic.

I think Herm will really, really emphasize getting turnovers this week. I hope he was watching MNF last night. Shanahan was all about getting turnovers last night and he got them, and that's what won it for the Donks.
I feel like DV would go in with the emphasis on scoring more points than what we allow. Probably ending up in a 27-31 loss

Logical
10-10-2006, 03:23 PM
Willie Roaf happened to Johnson.

xoxo~
Gaz
Finds this truth to be self-evident.
I am happy to see the wise and profound Gaz pointing this out.

tk13
10-10-2006, 03:31 PM
We have to win the turnover battle this week. Need to force Big Ben into mistakes.