The Kansas City Chiefs are just a couple of Jamaal Charles fumbles away from being 2-0, and on top of the AFC West. Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers are 2-0, and are looking like their typical world-beating selves, sitting comfortably on top of the NFC North Mountain.
A win in Green Bay for the Chiefs would turn them immediately into a team with serious playoff-contention potential. While the Packers don’t have much to gain with a win (unless it’s a particularly dominant one). But a loss would drop them DEEP down the power rankings, well behind all of the NFL’s 3-0 teams, including their biggest threat for NFC supremacy, the Arizona Cardinals.
But as we’ve seen so far this season, anything can happen, and anyone can win.
For the Chiefs it is pretty simple what they need to do to win the game. Get. After. Aaron. Rodgers. (or GAAR, for short). Justin Houston and Tamba Hali will need to pin their ears back and attack Rodgers as much as possible. It is also worth noting that the Chiefs did a pretty good job covering the extremely talented Demariyus Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders last week (save for the final drive). Which is presumably a tougher task than covering Randall Cobb and James Jones. So the Packers may really have their hands full.
On offense the Chiefs really need to not make crucial mistakes like they did a week ago. But, in addition to not making crucial mistakes, Alex Smith really needs to get the ball to his best playmakers, Jamaal Charles, and Travis Kelce. The only way Kansas makes the step up from “Wildcard contender” to “Superbowl contender” is if they can get their wide-outs involved. A one dimensional offense is too easy to defend.
For the Packers the game plan is simple. Let Aaron Rodgers be the best quarterback in the league, and don’t let Charles and Kelce burn you. On defense, dare the Chiefs to beat you with other players, because up until this point they haven’t shown that they can. On offense enjoy the NFL’s best quarterback, who also enjoys one of the NFL’s biggest home field advantages.
The Packers are definitely the favorites in this one, but the Chiefs are definitely well designed to give the Packers a tough match. Eddie Lacy and Davante Adams potentially being gimpy could hurt Green Bay big time. For the Chiefs, Maclin having knee issues could really hurt their chances of being able to stretch the field.
Ultimately, I think the Packers are going to win this one because Aaron Rodgers is virtually unbeatable at home. This will drop the Chiefs to 1-2 on the season, but if they can at least make it a respectable loss than, in my eyes, they are still very much a front-runner in the mix for an AFC playoff spot. And by no means do I think this will be a blow-out. I think this will just be one of those games that Aaron Rodgers wins for the Packers, in a way that almost no other quarterback in the league could equal.
However, anything can happen. And anyone can win. That’s why you actually play the game.