[picappgallerysingle id="9858677"]The Chiefs’ Tamba Hali got off to a promising start this season, establishing himself as the team’s primary pass-rusher by registering eight sacks in as many games, including a three-sack performance in week three against San Francisco. However for the past three weeks, Hali has failed to get to the quarterback, something that needs to come to an end this Sunday against the Broncos.
In each of the past two games, both wins for the Chiefs, Hali’s teammates have been able to get to the quarterback when he has not, and sack the opponent’s quarterback twice in each game. However in the last game the Chiefs lost, on the road three weeks ago against this week’s opponent the Broncos, Hali and his mates were unable to get Broncos’ quarterback Kyle Orton on the ground even once.
That needs to change Sunday if the Chiefs are going to be successful in defending Orton and the Broncos’ passing game. Throw in the fact that the Chiefs will likely be without the services of their best cornerback in Brandon Flowers, who continues to recover from the hamstring injury he suffered two weeks ago, and it makes it that much more important for Hali to regain the dominance he displayed earlier in the season.
Fortunately for Hali, six of his eight sacks have come at home in front of the Arrowhead faithful, some of the loudest fans in the NFL and a group who will surely do their best to turn Orton’s dream season into a nightmare. To keep this important AFC West matchup from turning into a shootout, and to avoid another defeat at the hands of the 3-7 Broncos, the Chiefs will need both Hali and the home fans to bring their “A” games on Sunday afternoon.