Not knowing who is going to play QB, the Kansas City Chiefs look to get on track Sunday as they take on the upstart Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Chiefs were white-washed, allowing 300 yards rushing to the Raiders Sunday in a 23-8 loss. The Falcons, one week after beating the Lions to start the year, came to earth with a 24-6 thumping by the Buccaneers.
Michael Turner, who rushed for 220 yards opening day vs the Lions, was held to 42 yards on 14 carries by Tampa Bay. It will be up to the Chiefs to stop him as their top priority in this matchup. Most teams would rather have rookie QB Matt Ryan beat them than Turner, and this week that will again be the case. The Falcons as a whole went from 318 yards rushing to 105 last week.
As far as Ryan goes, he was red-hot at the start of the Detroit game, but started last week ice cold, as he didn’t complete a pass till the 6:22 mark of the second quarter. Look for the coordinators to try and get Ryan back to the basics and help him have early success against a weak Chiefs secondary.
KC must find a way to get things moving on the offensive side of the ball. Larry Johnson led a running attack Sunday that had just 55 total yards, and with who knows playing QB, running the football with some success is going to be ultra-important if the Chiefs want to win.
The Chiefs have now lost 11 straight, Johnson is already talking about being phased out of the offense and the passing game is a mess. Looks on paper like the Falcons have a very winnable game here, and they do. Look for Atlanta to come out looking more like the team that topped the Lions two weeks ago, and move to 2-1.