First Look: Chiefs vs. Saints

It is an absolute must win situation for the Chiefs on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Kansas City will have to keep pace with the rest of AFC West, as they fell two and half games back behind San Diego and Denver after the loss to Tampa Bay.

The Chiefs still have two games with the Chargers and one game left with the Broncos. A win against the Saints would help the Chiefs get a push towards the playoffs and back near the .500 mark but they have to put together some wins and they have to correct the mistakes that have plagued them in their five losses this season.

The Saints are also in the same place as the Chiefs are at with a 3-5 record, But New Orleans is tied for second place in the NFC South with Tampa Bay. New Orleans is three games back from Atlanta, which the Chiefs beat early this season.

When Kansas City travels down to the ‘Big Easy' the Saints have the same record as the Chiefs at 3-5 and they also stand 1-1 against the AFC. New Orleans has given up 234 points, and has scored 171. The Chiefs are the second highest scoring team behind the Indianapolis Colts with 237 points but that means very little with sitting two games under .500.

"When you give up 35 points two weeks in a row." Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil said, "It's hard to score 45 (points) two weeks in a row, but we had our opportunities to go ahead and win the game regardless and we didn't get it done."

New Orleans meanwhile hasn't scored 35 points in one game; the most they scored was 31 in back to back weeks since they did it against the Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders in October. Last week against San Diego the Saints scored just 17 points but gave up 43 points. The Chargers were able to sack quarterback Aaron Brooks three times and pressured most of the day.

"They didn't play very well," Saints head coach Jim Haslett said about his offensive line. "We've only given up 11 sacks all year, and we gave up three yesterday. They had pressure on the quarterback all game, but when you get behind that's a pretty good indication that there's going to be some pressure on the quarterback."

The Chiefs defense, which has been suspect all season, must suddenly find the ability to stop people if they want to play for anything in January. It does not get any easier for Kansas City after they play New Orleans; they come back home to Arrowhead to host the New England Patriots next Monday Night.

"I don't expect them (New Orleans) to score 45 points a week. I expect us to score enough points to win." Vermeil said, "We didn't get that done yesterday (Sunday). We would have had we not turned the ball over. That's it. But you can't consistently think you're going to win by scoring 45 points; we never have. We never have thought that."

It is also expected at the end of the season for the Saints to fire Haslett, it was even brought up this morning on ESPN radio if Vermeil would be let go at seasons end that he might have interest in the Saints or Miami Dolphins job, but the rumors was quickly shot down. The rumors heated up after the Dolphins head coach Dave Wannstedt resigned early Tuesday morning.


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