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Cheifs Chatter

The Zone Blitz:
Two unsettled QB's to square off

10/19/2001

by C.K. Rairden
Landmark columnist

These teams have much in common this season. Both struggle to stop the run. Both have but one win. Both are suffering through injuries to key players. Both desperately need a win.

The key to Sunday’s game—two unsettled QB’s. The one with the least turnovers wins.

CHIEFS ZONE BLITZ—

—FB Tony Richardson will give a boost to the KC offense if he can go. He is listed as questionable but look for T-Rich to start.

—WR Snoop Minnis has finally been moved to the third WR spot. Chris Thomas gets the start opposite Derrick Alexander. Good for both players and good for the team.

—RB Priest Holmes is the seventh leading rusher in the AFC and is second in yards per attempt. Needs 25 carries on Sunday.

—Trent Green owns the Cardinals. He has a 93.8 QB rating in 2 career starts vs. the Cardinals with 565 passing yards & 5-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio.
Both starts were with the Redskins.

—Chiefs are still an NFL best 19-7 (.731) in interconference games since 1995.

—Last game in Arizona was in 1995, Chiefs won 24-3. Steve Bono had a 76-yard TD run.

—The Chiefs lead the series, 4-1-1.

CARDINALS ZONE BLITZ—

—The Cards lost starting DE Kyle Vanden Bosch for at least six weeks due to a torn MCL this week. Despite being a first year player he is arguably the team’s best defensive lineman.

—Their best run stuffing DB Pat Tillman will also likely miss the game.

—The Cards are giving up 143 yards rushing per game. (Hint—give the ball to Holmes 25 times)

—Watch QB Jake Plummer. If he won’t scramble—the Cards will struggle moving the ball.

—Starting RB Michael Pittman will play despite a concussion in last week’s game.

—Both Cardinals RB’s have had trouble holding onto the ball.

—The Cards are giving up 22 points per game.

—38,000 tickets remain for Sundays’ game.