Halftime Adjustments: Chiefs vs. Dolphins

The Kansas City Chiefs trail the winless Miami Dolphins 14-3 at halftime of their game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Even though the Dolphins have been doubled in time of possession by the Chiefs, they have been able to score 14 unanswered points thanks to some impressive plays from their tight ends.  Not only does little used Charles Clay have three catches for 50 yards, but Anthony Fasano has already hauled in two touchdown passes to account for Miami’s 14 points.

The Dolphins have only run the ball four times for 14 yards, but haven’t had to worry about a lack of any sort of running game as they’ve done whatever they want in the air.  Besides the huge game from the tight ends, former Broncos WR Brandon Marshall has caught three passes for a game-high 56 yards, including a 30 yarder.

Chiefs QB Matt Cassel has been harassed constantly in the pocket, often running for his life.  The Dolphins defense has sacked Cassel four times and seemingly knocked him down on every other pass play.  All this for a quarterback that was sixth least sacked in the NFL entering action on Sunday.

If the Chiefs are going to keep Miami without a win, they will need to first and foremost step up on defense.  Even if they get the offense straightened out, it won’t matter much if the Dolphins can march up and down the field with huge chunks of yards in the air.

Once the defense does their part, the Chiefs offensive line needs to keep Cassel upright.  He has already gotten off the ground limping on two separate occasions and isn’t likely to survive the day if he keeps getting beat up as much as he was in the first half.

Getting Jackie Battle going on the ground will help to take some pressure off of Cassel, but ultimately the Chiefs need to find a way to take advantage of a short handed Dolphins secondary.  That means more of “The Bowe Show” and first-round pick Jonathan Baldwin.

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