Three Keys Against the Chiefs: Offense

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 27: Defenders Jon McGraw #47 and Justin Houston #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs make a tackle on running back Isaac Redman #33 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half on November 27, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Pittsburgh defeated Kansas City 13-9. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

1) Protection Against The Kansas City Pass Rush Tamba Hali

The Chiefs have 13 sacks on the season. Seven of those are by linebacker Tamba Hali. The other six? Derrick Johnson, DT Kelly Gregg, and fellow linemen Amon Gordon (twice) and Wallace Gilberry (twice). If they aren't sending Hali, the Chiefs have a hard time getting to the quarterback. And needless to say, pass protections have been much better than earlier in the season. As long as the Bears are able to pick up Hali wherever he's at, they should be able to keep Caleb Hanie upright.

2) Get Ahead Early, Force The Chiefs To Throw

One of the key areas of success for the Bears lately has been getting ahead on the scoreboard in the first quarter, something they weren't able to do against Oakland. Granted, Hanie dug his own hole. But the Bears showed they could put some points up with Hanie at the helm. If they can do this early instead of late, they can force a Chiefs offense that's looked fairly anemic into playing catch-up earlier than they'd like.

3) Protect the Ball

Even with the loss of Eric Berry, the Chiefs are still a fairly opportune team with respect to turnovers. On the year they've picked up 14 interceptions, 57 passes deflected, and 8 fumbles forced (nine recoveries). They'll only be too happy to assist Caleb Hanie in recreating the disaster that was his first half against Oakland. Hanie has to be smarter with his decisions, whether that be throwing quicker, moving sooner, throwing the ball away earlier, or moving to a different receiver. Early mistakes could be a disaster, even against a wounded team like the Chiefs.

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