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Santschi: My Take

Posted Nov 9, 2012

Monday Night Football

The Chiefs will play under the lights of Heinz Field in front of a national audience this week as they compete against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.

In their last 10 contests on Monday Night Football, Kansas City is 6-4 and overall they are 22-16 (.579). It will be the 39th time the Chiefs will battle it out during primetime Monday night and the 19th overall meeting between the Chiefs and Steelers.

If the Chiefs are looking to cut ties with their unfortunate streak, Monday night in front a national audience would be an opportune time to shine. Romeo Crennel, who handed over the defensive play calling to linebackers coach, Gary Gibbs is now solely focused on his role as head coach

During this Monday night matchup, the importance of protecting the ball will be the emphasis. Crennel mentioned earlier in the week to the media that if a turnover occurs, the player at fault will be taken out of the game for at least a few series but it is under his discretion.

“What I need to do is get them to understand the importance of protecting the ball more. So sometimes to get that done you basically have to threaten them – so if you fumble it I’m going to take you out of the game. Then they will get the message.” Crennel Said.

Fast Facts
- The Chiefs are third in the NFL in rushing offense, averaging 149.9 yards per contest on the ground and are tied for fourth in the NFL with 36 rushes of 10+ yards.

- Dustin Colquitt has landed 18 of 34 punts (52.9 %) inside the 20-yard line. His 18 punts inside the 20 are tied for third in the NFL.

- Ryan Succop is tied for first in franchise history for highest career point after percentage (min. 100 PAT attempts), converting all 102 of his PATs (100.0%), tying K Tommy Brooker (1962-66) who made all 149 of his career PATs.

Records to Watch
- Derrick Johnson has 814 tackles, 14 tackles shy of passing CB Kevin Ross, who is fifth in franchise history with 827 career tackles. Last season, Johnson set a Chiefs single season record with 179 tackles (131 solo).

- Dwayne Bowe has 5,498 receiving yards to rank seventh in club history. He needs eight more yards to surpass E Chris Burford (5,505) for sixth.

- Bowe also has 80 career receptions of 20+ yards, the third-highest total in team history. He needs two more to bypass WR Eddie Kennison (81) for second.

- Jamaal Charles has 102 career rushes of 10+ yards to rank third in team history.

On This Day
On November 12, 1995, the Chiefs won 22-7 at the San Diego Chargers to extend the team’s winning streak to six games that season. The streak would continue with a seventh consecutive victory the following week against the Houston Oilers at Arrowhead Stadium.

In 1914, Theodore W. Richards of Harvard University became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and in 1940 Walt Disney released the epic animated feature length movie, Fantasia.

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