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Tribal Warfare
11-16-2008, 05:56 AM
Chiefs-Saints scouting report (http://www.kansascity.com/sports/chiefs/story/892571.html)

When the Chiefs run

It was difficult to predict how Larry Johnson would do when he was playing. Itís impossible after his four-week layoff. One thing is certain: The Chiefs will give their running backs more work than they did last week in San Diego (16 carries). While the Saintsí season numbers arenít good, they improved dramatically over the last five weeks. Only one opponent averaged more than 4 yards per carry.

When the Chiefs pass

The Saints are more damaged at cornerback than the Chiefs. Starter Mike McKenzie and second-round draft pick Tracy Porter are out for the season. Aaron Glenn is also injured and wonít play. Either the diminutive Jason David or the newly signed Leigh Torrance will have to start. The Saintsí best pass rusher, Charles Grant, is also out for the season.

When the Saints run

The Chiefs had their two best games of the season in the last two weeks, so maybe theyíve figured out some things. Neither Tampa Bay nor San Diego was able to crack 3.5 yards per carry. The Chiefs are tackling better and playing with far more discipline. The Saints wonít have Reggie Bush for another week, but theyíve been better with Deuce McAllister and Pierre Thomas running, anyway.

When the Saints pass

The Chiefs allowed more than 300 yards in each of the last two games and will give it up in big numbers today. Drew Brees has passed for more than 300 yards in seven of the nine games this season and more than 400 in two. The injury-depleted Chiefs donít figure to get much pressure on Brees or be a big problem in coverage, either. Devery Henderson has only 20 catches, but most are for big gains.

Special teams

The Chiefs are always a risky pick here, but other than a botched PAT last week, they put in a solid performance. The return of Dustin Colquitt is no small thing. He dropped four punts inside the 20. He wonít have to kick to Bush today. Kevin Robinson (right) could be a nice addition as the kickoff and punt returner. The Saintsí Garrett Hartley will be kicking in only his second NFL game.


With two underachieving teams playing today, this is a tough call. Chan Gailey deserves some props for finding some things that work offensively. The Chiefs appear to be a team with its worst behind it. The Saints are more difficult to figure. While Sean Payton deserved to be coach of the century for taking New Orleans to the playoffs in 2006, the season after Katrina, the Saints have been a bust since.


Though they are only two weeks removed from their open date, the Saints have been on a long, hard road. Because they took one for the league and had a home game moved to London in late October, the Saints havenít played at the Superdome in more than a month. This is the last stop on a four-game road trip, and the Saints look like a sagging team. Last weekís 34-20 loss to Atlanta was worse than the score might indicate.

Bottom line

Weíll forgive the Chiefs to an extent for their failure to get a victory in any of the last three games. They arenít as good yet as the Jets, Bucs or Chargers. Itís time for them to make their stand today against the Saints, who arenít in a class with the others. This is the type of game that plays to Kansas Cityís strengths. This is a shaky pick, one made with little confidence. Prediction: Chiefs 24, Saints 20.

11-16-2008, 06:34 AM
No way are the Saints only gonna put up 20 against this D. I say Chiefs, 38-35.

11-16-2008, 07:24 AM
Only an idiot would give the edge in coaching to the Chiefs.

11-16-2008, 07:51 AM
I think this is a Brees HOF performance type day. Saints put up 40, Brees throws for damn near 500 yards.

11-16-2008, 07:55 AM
I think this is a Brees HOF performance type day. Saints put up 40, Brees throws for damn near 500 yards.

Remember that game long ago when Warren Moon and the Oilers could have smashed the single game passing record against the Chiefs in Arrowhead? Yeah. Pretty much.

11-16-2008, 08:31 AM
Saints 38, Chiefs 35, Chiefs miss game tying FG in closing seconds.

Brees: 34-48, 410 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs.
Thigpen: 22-39, 305 yds, 3 TDs (all Gonzalez).

LJ: 20 carries, 135 yds

11-16-2008, 09:21 AM
NO 31
KC 24

11-16-2008, 09:58 AM
KC 27 NO 24. Thigpen takes us down the field for a game winning drive!