The Kansas City Chiefs come into Bank of America stadium boasting a 6-2 record. There are some keys to beating them and some key stats to watch to see how the game is going. Those keys become evident below. But one stands out more than any other.
When you look at a team that has less first downs than their opponent (-9), and a lower third down efficiency (41/112 compared to giving up 46/105) than their opponents, and giving up more sacks (16 to 19), you would think this team could be 2-6.
But they are 6-2 with big wins over New Orleans, Oakland and San Diego. Their losses came to Houston and Pittsburgh. They aren’t outstanding in any one area. They are 20th in the league in rushing, 15th is scoring, and 9th in scoring defense. One stat to exploit is they are 27th in the league in run defense and are giving up 124.5 yards per game on the ground. So why are they winning at a three to one clip?
Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. This Kansas City team is plus 13 in turnovers this year. Specifically, they have only thrown two interceptions compared to grabbing 12. In comparison, our Panthers are -6 in turnovers. That 19 turnover difference between the Panthers and the Chiefs is the reason they are 6-2 and we are 3-5. If Thomas Davis and company continue making turnovers, like last week, then the Panthers can win. Watch for that today. Run the ball, and don’t turn it over and we win. Lose the turnover battle and fall to 3-6.