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Cheifs Chatter

The Zone Blitz


by C.K. Rairden
Landmark columnist

Welcome to Chiefs Chatter’s newest feature—The Zone Blitz. Plenty of information delivered from various angles, all in a blitz package.

Chiefs Zone Blitz

-The Chiefs were so short on receivers this week that they used a few defensive backs to run routes in practice. That can’t help Trent Green’s timing with his receivers.

—To make matters worse the Steelers defense is nearly impossible to run against. They are giving up only 3 yards per carry.

—WR Derrick Alexander is likely out. This time it’s his back. Look for Minnis and Thomas to start this Sunday.

—TE Mikhael Ricks will see more action in the receiving package with Alexander on the sideline. Both as a receiver and in the ‘deuce’ two TE package.

—KR Dante Hall is also banged up. Out for this weekend...probably longer.

—That gives the Chiefs Mike Cloud to return kick-offs, Larry Parker will return punts.

—FB Tony Richardson is out for at least another week. Jermaine Williams gets his second straight start.

—Chiefs are 0-2 at home this season. The team hasn’t started off 0-3 at Arrowhead since 1980.

—Steelers Zone Blitz-

—The Steelers have considerably cut their playbook this season. The basic package is Bettis running the ball and Kordell Stewart throwing short passes.

—Stewart is still more dangerous with his feet than his arm.

—Steelers ground game is producing 188 yards per game rushing but they only throw for 146.3 yards per game.

—The Steelers have zero TD passes, and are only 1 of 8 in the red zone.

—Steelers defense is ranked third in the league behind only Baltimore and Green Bay.

—Steelers defense have only given up 10 total points in the last two games.

—When Pittsburgh does throw the ball look for it to go to WR Hines Ward who leads the Steelers with 24 catches.

—Bettis has 4 100-yard rushing games versus the Chiefs.