Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
The Chiefs make heavy use of the run, and on Sunday, they face the Cleveland Browns, who defend the ground game significantly better than the passing game.
The Kansas City Chiefs snapped an eight-game losing streak in Week 13, coming out on top of the Carolina Panthers, 27-21. They managed to win in spite of a 232-yard, three-touchdown performance from Cam Newton, leaving the defense hoping to put on a better performance in Week 14's contest with the Cleveland Browns.
Asked what he expected out of the Cleveland game, offensive tackle Eric Winston indicated he expected a fight in the trenches:
"I expect a physical game. If you look at those guys, they're big up front, they're tough guys. We're going to have to create some space in there, have to get some seams to get Jamaal into and get him to some open field. That's kind of what I'm expecting. The weather's kind of been going back-and-forth here to see what kind of game we have, but I honestly think that even if the weather's nice we're going to see the same kind of game. It'll be a grind-it-out game I think maybe on both sides. We're going to have to bring our lunch pails and our hard hats and be ready to get after it."
Cleveland's defense plays stronger against the run than they do against the pass, though neither is setting the world on fire. They're 16th in the league against the run, giving up an average of 115 yards per game, and 24th against the pass with 252.1 yards allowed per game.The Chiefs have a heavy reliance on the run game, and rank fifth in the league with 146.7 rush yards per game. Another issue is likely to be ball control. Cleveland does fairly well forcing turnovers, collecting 14 interceptions and 14 fumbles forced so far this year.