In a 35-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Chiefs called for 44 pass plays and just 11 run plays. The numbers aren't particularly surprising, though, as the Bills led 21-0 at halftime and expanded that lead to 35-3 in the third quarter. The Chiefs played from behind throughout the game and it led them to go away from the running game.
So, although right tackle Eric Winston would like to see the Chiefs run the ball more, he understands that an early hole, like the one dug against the Bills, is not going to produce a conducive running situation. "We had some good runs in Atlanta, but to run the ball you have to be up front," Winston said. "So you have to be good early in the game. You have to give (Brian) Daboll a reason to want to run it more."
The Chiefs have similarly dug themselves into an early hole in the AFC West standings after an 0-2 start that featured two bad losses. The urgency for a win may seem at an all-time high, but Winston says it's exactly where it always is. "I think if you play enough years, then you realize how urgent every game is," Winston said. "Whether we're 2-0 right now or 0-2 right now, I don't think the urgency of this game changes, at least for me."
In Week 3, the Chiefs will travel to New Orleans to play the Saints as both teams will be looking for their first win of the 2012 season.