Originally posted by BrianGO:
Originally posted by Joecool:
They are not the most penalized team on offense. But they do have the #1 ranked defense in terms of scoring points and yards allowed per drive.
The facts are, the KC offense, aside from not turning the ball over as much from last year, is not the reason why KC is 9-0.
KC is also ranked 16 th in first downs. Going further, they are ranked 22 in 3rd down percentage. 24th in yards per drive.
Tell me more how the KC offense just moves the chains, sustains drives, and makes their defense better.
You forgot to mention, they are #1 in total punts.
Funny, a few years back, the 49ers were #1 in total punts. I think we might have set a record that year actually.
To answer your question, their offense makes their defense better by punting the ball away and giving the defense more opportunities to score. They scored 14 points last week.
A bit on the sarcastic side, but this is actually my point --but not the purpose to score of course. The Chiefs like the Niners of 2011, try not to turn the ball over, and especially on their own side of the field. Instead of taking overt risk on their side of the field, they rather punt the ball to give their defense as much field behind their defense as possible. The purpose is so that even if the defense allows a big play, chances are good a tackle will be made, the defense regroup to stop the other team from scoring.
Case in point. 3rd qtr opening drive. Buffalo Spiller tore a big play, long run, but the Chiefs was able to make the tackle. They recovered enough to make a pick 6 INT. Had it been a shorter field, Spiller would have scored. No time or field behind the defense to make any recovery after a big play.
I actually agreed with JoeCool that Smith doesn't necessarily extend drives. Like any qb, he does what he can to extend drives within the offense. But he pick his place on the field and game situation to make a safe or calculated risk decision. Because there are certainly times where Smith and the offense stall, and like any good NFL coach will tell you, punting isn't a loss if you set up field position for your defense.
[ Edited by qnnhan7 on Nov 5, 2013 at 7:37 AM ]