Countdown To Kickoff: Dolphins At Chiefs

Posted Nov 2, 2011

Go inside this week's game at the Chiefs with key matchups and other information as we countdown to kickoff.


DATE: Sunday, Nov. 6
TIME: 1 p.m. ET
SITE: Arrowhead Stadium


SERIES RECORD: Miami leads 15-12
AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 11-6
AT KANSAS CITY: Chiefs lead 6-4
LAST MEETING: 2008 at Kansas City; Dolphins 38, Chiefs 31
SERIES TREND: The Dolphins have dominated of late, winning the last two meetings and seven of the last nine. Seven of those nine meetings, incidentally, took place in Miami.
SERIES HIGHLIGHT: The Dolphins’ last visit to Kansas City was memorable for a couple of things, starting with the fact it was the coldest game in franchise history. More importantly, the victory in 10-degree temperatures on Dec. 21, 2008 gave the Dolphins a 10-5 record in their remarkable comeback season and set the stage for them to capture the AFC East title in the finale the next week against the Jets.


LAST GAME: Beat San Diego, 23-20 in overtime
OVERVIEW: Wow, talk about a turnaround. Coming off a surprising AFC West title, the Chiefs battled Murphy’s Law early in 2011 when they opened the season by not only being outscored 89-10 in their first two games but losing arguably their best offensive and defensive players (running back Jamaal Charles and safety Eric Berry) to season-ending injuries. But after falling to 0-3, the Chiefs have won four in a row and they grabbed a share of the AFC West Division lead with their overtime victory over the Chargers on Monday night.
THE CHIEFS’ STRENGTH ON OFFENSE: The Chiefs led the league in rushing last season, but this isn’t the same ground game without Charles. Where the Chiefs are most dangerous now is in the deep passing game with Dwayne Bowe and rookie Jonathan Baldwin giving Matt Cassel big-play threats at wide receiver.
THE CHIEFS’ QUESTION MARK ON OFFENSE: Even without Charles, the Chiefs can run the ball, thanks to veteran Thomas Jones and emerging running back Jackie Battle. The biggest issue on offense for the Chiefs is Cassel, who can run hot and cold.
THE CHIEFS’ STRENGTH ON DEFENSE: Berry may be gone, but the Chiefs still have their cornerbacks and Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr represent a pretty good tandem. Flowers, who already has four picks on the season, actually might be one of the most underrated corners in the league.
THE CHIEFS’ QUESTION MARK ON DEFENSE: Early in the season, the Chiefs had issues everywhere on defense, but they’ve tightened those up pretty well. Their biggest problem now is finding a complementary pass rusher to help outside linebacker Tamba Hali, who has six of the team’s nine sacks this season.
THE CHIEFS’ STRENGTH ON SPECIAL TEAMS: The Chiefs have one of the top punt returners in the league in former Alabama star Javier Arenas, who ranks second in the NFL — among those with more than five returns — with a 15.1-yard average. Punter Dustin Colquitt also is a weapon. He’s got an impressive 42.1-yard net average and has 11 punts inside the 20 against only one touchback.
THE CHIEFS’ QUESTION MARK ON SPECIAL TEAMS: The Chiefs are pretty good in every facet of the kicking game, but kicker Ryan Succop got off to a bad start when he made only two of his first five field goal attempts. He has, however, converted his last eight attempts, including a 3-for-3 performance in Monday night’s victory over San Diego.
Game Pass: Miami Dolphins