Greg Holland Game Jersey The defense was led by a fierce pass rush which sacked Ryan Tannehill four times. Kansas City made the playoffs last season on a formula based on great defense and solid, but not spectacular offense. Alex Smith and the Chiefs offense controlled the ball, limited turnovers and hit big plays with the help of Charles. After struggling to do that during the first two weeks, Kansas City looked strong last week. Smith played a clean game while the running attack led the way and the defense got after Miami. Going against a solid defense, the Chiefs may need to be even better. They lost the turnover battle last week, but still outclassed the Dolphins. The return of Charles should help. The Chiefs’ running back is expected to play despite an ankle injury.
The Cowboys have run up the scoreboard behind a balanced offensive attack led by Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, and Dez Bryant. While Romoballs and fumbles remains an issue, stopping Dallas’ offense remains a difficult task for most teams.
Limited Chris Conte Jersey Saints quarterback Drew Brees is off to a strong start, completing over 70% of his passes and averaging over 280 passing yards a game. However, Brees has turned the ball over at a higher rate than normal, tossing two interceptions and fumbling away another turnover. New Orleans’ running game looks improved over a year ago, with rushers averaging 4.8 yards a carry, eighth best in the NFL. Unfortunately, lead back Mark Ingram will miss about a month with a broken hand.
The Cowboys’ 2-1 start has as much to do with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan’s conscious effort to keep his running backs in the game plan. Through three games, Dallas has attempted 89 passes against 92 planned runs, a near equal mix. The vast majority of the carries have gone to DeMarco Murray, who rushes at clip of 5.1 yards per carry. He’s been involved in the passing game too, catching eight balls on eight targets for 61 yards.