COMMENTARY | The Kansas City Chiefs will get no reprieve from those harping on their easy schedule this week as the Cleveland Browns take a visit to Arrowhead Stadium Sunday afternoon. So far in 2013 (not including games against the Chiefs), their opponents have a combined record of 15-26.
The Chiefs' answer: taking care of business like good teams are supposed to do. And being undefeated through seven games should stand as proof that Kansas City is just that.
The Browns defense is respectable (seventh in yards and 17th in points allowed per game), so keeping a very pedestrian Kansas City offense at bay will not be the problem Sunday. Trying to muster up anything with their own offense, however, is a massive concern.
The Chiefs defense ranks first in the NFL in points per game, sacks, third down percentage and turnover margin, in addition to being top five in yardage as well. With Jason Campbell making only his second start since October of 2011, Tamba Hali and Co. could be in for a huge day.
Here are a few things to follow during Sunday afternoon's contest.
When: Sunday, October 27 at 1:00pm EST on CBS
Where: Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
Players to Watch and Key Matchup: Jordan Cameron vs. Eric Berry
Browns Bold Prediction (Fantasy Bust -- Entire Browns Offense): Cleveland Gets Shut Out and Tallies Less than 200 Total Yards
As previously alluded to, the Chiefs defense is very good -- in fact it has been the most impressive defense in the NFL so far this season. And with Campbell making his first start as Browns' quarterback this week, Cleveland's offense will struggle to do much of anything.
The Browns offense averages just 313.7 yards and 18.7 points per game, which is even less spectacular considering it has faced only three defenses ranked in the top half of the league in each category (Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers).
Moving the ball on a stout Chiefs defense will come at a premium, and scoring points will be even harder to come by. Though Cleveland features a couple of viable receiving targets (Josh Gordon at wide receiver and Jordan Cameron at tight end), Kansas City should have no problem focusing enough attention their way while not being hurt by the rest of the Browns offense.
Chiefs Bold Prediction: Kansas City Notches 10 Sacks (Again?)
Back in Week 6, Kansas City posted 10 sacks in a victory over the Oakland Raiders...that is until the NFL stat keepers took one away. The Chiefs were left with nine instead, but have a chance this week against the Browns to redeem themselves.
The Chiefs are tops in the league, recording 35 sacks through seven games thus far. And the Browns are tied with the second-worst total, having allowed 27 sacks on the season. Campbell's game-managing style under center also lends itself to an increased chance of Hali, Houston and the rest of Kansas City's defense getting to the quarterback.
In 45 games (44 starts) between 2008 and 2010 Campbell was sacked 115 times, including 43 in 2009. And in three career starts against the Chiefs, he has been sacked a total of 11 times, with 4.5 of those coming from Hali.
Kansas City should also be playing ahead on the scoreboard for much of the afternoon, which means Campbell will be forced to throw the ball a lot more than the Browns would like him to.
Fantasy Beast: Jamaal Charles
Charles has been the most consistent running back in the league this season, posting at least 100 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown in all seven games -- joining O.J. Simpson as the only other back in history to accomplish the feat.
Cleveland actually checks in at allowing just under 100 rushing yards per game, in addition to only 3.5 yards per carry. But the Browns have given up a league-worst nine touchdowns on the ground and are catching Charles at the wrong time.
Charles has been an all-around producer this season, and not just a potential home run threat out of the backfield. The Chiefs should be in position on Sunday to continue getting the ball in his hands, so Cleveland could be in for a long afternoon.
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