The 5-2 Kansas City Chiefs will host the 6-1 Green Bay Packers in this week’s version edition of Sunday Night Football. The Chiefs are coming off of a 30-6 beating of the Denver Broncos last week after having a tough time the previous two weeks. The Packers defeated the Oakland Raiders 42-24 last week and have been one of the best teams in the NFL all season long. This matchup has the potential to be the best game of the season.
The Chiefs will have to defend their home field without the abilities of starting quarterback and reining MVP Patrick Mahomes who was injured last week and is highly doubtful to play against the Packers. Proven veteran backup Matt Moore was impressive last week (10-19 117 yards and a touchdown) in place of Mahomes and is fully capable of running Coach Andy Reid’s system. Running back Lesean McCoy is having a consistent season and had 12 carries for 64 yards last week. Wide receiver Tyreke Hill led Chiefs receivers last week with 3 catches for 74 yards including a touchdown.
Aaron Rogers is having an MVP type season and has flourished in new Coach Matt Lafluer’s offense. He was a preposterous 25-31 for 429 yards and 5 touchdowns last week. Running back Aaron Jones had 12 carries for 50 yards. Receiver Marquez Valdez-Scandling had 2 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown. The Packers have been clicking on both sides of the ball this season and show no signs of slowing down.
This week’s game has the potential to be one of the highest scoring game of the season. The Packers offense is explosive while the Chiefs can either score at a high rate with Moore at QB, however he is also fully capable of throwing interceptions that will also result in points for the Packers. Moore was solid if unspectacular in the second half against Denver, and that may be all the Chiefs need him to be. He threw a long touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill, made no major mistakes and, perhaps most importantly, rallied the Chiefs around him when their best player limped off the field. The Chiefs are coming off their best defensive performance of the season in Denver, holding the Broncos to just 205 yards. It came after a series of games in which Kansas City coughed up so many yards that new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo already was coming under fire.
The team that establishes the run will have a huge advantage in a game like this. McCoy and the rest of the Chiefs ball carriers can take some of the pressure off of Moore by establishing the ground game. The Packers have proven they can win games in the past with virtually no running game so a running game will make an already dominant offense that much stronger. The Chiefs were forced to cut special teams ace DeAnthony Thomas in order to have a backup quarterback on the roster. This could potentially hurt several special teams units and result in big plays for the Packers