Week 10: Chiefs (5-3) at Dolphins (2-6)

There weren't many people, or should I say "experts", that picked Kansas City to go on the road and beat the St. Louis Rams last weekend, and why should they? The Chiefs had won two straight over very good teams, but AT HOME. The Chiefs had been terrible on the road, especially against teams with a winning record, so it wouldn't have been a surprise to see the Chiefs fail on the road again.

But they didn't, even with an injury-depleted defense and offensive line, the Chiefs pulled off a very impressive win in the half-red, half-blue Edward Jones Dome.

Can they win two in a row on the road? The Chiefs haven't been able to do that since late 2004. Kansas City now heads down to Miami to face a 2-6 team coming off a huge upset over the Chicago Bears. The Dolphins defeated Chicago with key turnovers and a stingy defense. Will the Chiefs continue their hot streak this week, or will they lose to a team they should beat?

Series History:

The Dolphins hold a 13-12 overall edge against the Chiefs, including 3-0 in the postseason. The last meeting between these two teams was last year in Miami, when the Chiefs defeated Miami 30-20 on a Friday night.



Kansas City's defense isn't where it wants to be yet, but is much improved. The Chiefs surrendered only 17 points to St. Louis' high-powered offense, and remained in the top 15 in total defense (314). Their run defense improved to 16th (113), but their pass defense dropped to 12th (201) as Rams' quarterback Marc Bulger threw for over 300 yards. That number might be a little deceiving, as the Rams were behind the entire game and threw the ball over 40 times, but KC's defense held it's own without key starters Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Greg Wesley. The Chiefs are giving up 21.1 points per game, good for 17th in the NFL.

Probably the main reason the Chiefs have won their last three contests is because of the improved offense. Kansas City scored at least 30 points for the third straight game last Sunday, and Larry Johnson continues to be the main reason why. The Chiefs jumped up to 14th in total offense (323), ninth in rushing offense (121) and 18th through the air (201.5). Kansas City is putting up around 23 points a game, good for ninth in the NFL. The Chiefs are first in the NFL in redzone touchdown percentage, scoring a touchdown 69 percent of the time.


Their record may not show it, but the Dolphins have an outstanding defense. With defensive end Jason Taylor leading the assault, the Dolphins forced six Chicago turnovers last week. Miami is tied for fourth in the league in total defense (278.5), 13th against the run (102) and an impressive fourth against the pass (176). They allow 19.8 points per game, good for ninth in the NFL.

The major problem with Miami has been their offense. Although they are ranked16th overall, they always seem to be playing from behind, which boosts their passing yardage. They are 10th in passing offense (223) but 23rd in rushing (97). With quarterback Daunte Culpepper still on the sidelines, Joey Harrington has played fairly well, but they must get more production out of running back Ronnie Brown, as they did last week when he rushed for over 100 yards against the Bears. Miami is tied for 25th in points per game, at 16.6

The Facts:

• Miami has only allowed 12 points in the first quarter all season, and Kansas City has scored first in four of its five wins this season. The Chiefs have produced five first-quarter shutouts so far this season, while Miami has only scored 10 first-quarter points all year. They've been held scoreless in the first quarter six times this year.

• Only Oakland and Cleveland have allowed more sacks than Miami this season, as Dolphin quarterbacks have been sacked 26 times.

• The Chiefs are 14-4 when Larry Johnson runs for over 100 yards. The Dolphins are 2-11 dating back to 2004 when allowing a 100-yard rusher.

• Miami's defense has allowed only 19 plays of 20 yards or more this season.

Injury Report:


For Kansas City, All-Pro offensive guard Brian Waters will be out 2-4 weeks with sprained knee ligaments. Quarterback Trent Green will dress again, but will not start or play unless desperately needed. Linebacker Derrick Johnson (ankle), offensive tackle Kevin Sampson (foot) and strong safety Greg Wesley (shoulder) are all questionable. Defensive end Tamba Hali is probable with a hip pointer and will play.


The only player on Miami's injury report is quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who is doubtful as he is still rehabbing his surgically repaired knee.

Weather Report:


FORECAST: Sunny skies, with a high of 82 degrees and a low of 62.

PREDICTION: Dolphins 23, Chiefs 17

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