On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers take on the Kansas City Chiefs in prime time. Pete Sweeney of Arrowhead Pride kindly volunteered to answer our questions about the Chiefs and provide some insight into their strengths and weaknesses.
APC: If you were building a game plan for the Chiefs, how would you attack them on offense? On defense?
Attacking the Chiefs on offense — I would mix up blitz looks to make Matt Moore extremely uncomfortable in his first start since 2017. The sooner you can bring him to the ground, the better it will be for the Packers defense. If I am taking away one weapon for the Chiefs, it’s Travis Kelce, and I do that by aggressively pressing him at the line and utilizing double coverage. When it comes to Tyreek Hill, be sure to have back-end help. One-on-one man coverage is not an option to cover Hill, and Moore — while he isn’t Mahomes — has already proven he can still sling it to him about 40-50 yards down the field for the score.
Attacking the Chiefs on defense — don’t take Kansas City’s game against the Broncos for what it’s worth, yet. Establish the run with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams early. Running the ball to the right side of the offensive line has proven to be a better option for opposing offenses than the left side. Steve Spagnuolo favors zone coverage, but I think the Packers should expect a mix of man and zone, and be aware that a blitz can come from any player — including defensive backs — at any time. If you can, look off safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Juan Thornhill — who have shown a knack for intercepting the football — and pick on cornerback Charvarius Ward, the most inexperienced of the bunch, whenever you get the sense you may have him one-on-one against an opposing receiver.
We’d like to thank Pete. Be sure to check out the rest of our Q&A session with Arrowhead Pride over the course of the week as well as our Q&A session over there. As always, keep your internet machines tuned to Acme Packing Company this Sunday for our comprehensive game-day coverage of Packers versus Chiefs.