The Kansas City Chiefs are feeling good about beating the formerly unbeaten Denver Broncos last week. This week they head to Bank of America Stadium to take on the Panthers, a team that at 3-1 also should be feeling good about its early season start. The Panthers last week topped the Falcons at home, and are now in sole possession for the lead in the NFC South for the first time in a long time.
Carolina has done it with a running game with just over 100 yards per game. That may not be as easy this week, as two big parts of the O-line – Jordan Gross and first-round pick Jeff Otah are both hurt, and both have missed practice time this week. It may be up to Jake Delhomme, who has 860 yards and three TD’s through the air, to get the job done. Last week he threw TD’s to Steve Smith and Mushin Muhummad in the win over the Falcons.
The Chiefs will want to come in and run the ball, but they too also know after last week they can throw it. Damon Huard looked good vs Denver, and had a solid day while the biggest thing was not making the back breaking mistakes that fellow QB Tyler Thigpen did the week before in losing to the Falcons. He’ll have to be weary of that Panthers D-line, as last week they were able to put some heat on Matt Ryan.
Larry Johnson has looked good for KC the last two weeks, and has 415 yarsd and three scores. He had a whopping 198 yards vs the Broncos last week, and another game like that and the Chiefs could easily be 2-3 as they enter their bye. The Chiefs are 29th in the league in defense, and have to be careful on the road to not make a lot of mistakes vs a good Panthers squad.
The Panthers have a good passing offense, and at home even with their O-line a little banged up, they will have too much for the Chiefs, who are getting better, but still have a ways to go to be a contender in the AFC.