Kansas City’s Pass Defense is Especially Strong in 2007
Kansas City will face a Bengals offense that ranks third in the league, averaging 282.3 ypg. The Chiefs currently rank fifth in the NFL in pass defense, allowing just 174.4 ypg. Opposing passers have registered a 70.9 composite rating against KC, the fifth-lowest mark in the NFL. The Chiefs defense has gone 15 straight games at home without permitting a 300-yard passer.
QB Carson Palmer owns a 12-13 (.480) record in his 25 road starts. In two previous starts against KC, Palmer has completed 18 of 27 passes (66.7%) for 181 yards with no TDs and no INTs, good for an 85.6 rating. Cincinnati is 14-7 (.667) when Palmer boasts a 100.0-rating game. The Chiefs are 29-3 (.906) at Arrowhead dating back to ‘95 when the club forces two or more INTs. Palmer has been picked off two times apiece in each of the Bengals three losses this season. The Bengals offense has registered 18 pass plays of 20+ yards, the fifth-highest total in the league. KC has allowed just nine completions of 20+ yards. Only IND (6), WAS (7) and TB (8) have permitted fewer.
Since the start of the 2002 campaign, KC also boasts a stellar 23-2 (.920) record at home when it registers 2.0 or more sacks. The Chiefs have 15.0 sacks and are on pace to finish the year with 48.0, which would be the club’s highest tally since posting 51.0 sacks in 2000. Chiefs QB Damon Huard is 6-0 with a 100.0+ rating, including a 5-0 mark at Arrowhead. Dating back to 2004, the Bengals are 1-14 (.067) when allowing a passer with a 100.0-rating game, including a streak of nine straight losses.