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Lack of turnovers is a problem the Chiefs want to fix

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Ron Parker narrowly missed an interception against the Minnesota Vikings in a preseason game.
Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Ron Parker narrowly missed an interception against the Minnesota Vikings in a preseason game. The Kansas City Star

A year ago, the Chiefs led the NFL in turnover differential with a plus-18 and ranked second in takeaways with 36. After two games, the Chiefs have yet to force a turnover and are minus-3 in turnover differential.

“It’s sad,” said defensive coordinator Bob Sutton. “We talk to our players all the time about you just have to stay the course and just keep going. Those things happen. I’m not sure why and when they happen but you’ve got to keep flying to the ball and when your opportunity comes you want to be there whether the ball is tipped, the ball is on the ground.

“Like we always say, numbers will favor us. We have a lot of people around the football, whether it’s up in the air or on the ground, (and) our chances are enhanced by that. That’s the big emphasis, is getting people to the ball and its one of those things you just have to trust players, coaches, everybody. We keep doing this, we keep pressing hard out there on these things, and eventually these things will come back.”

Last year, 21 of the Chiefs’ 36 takeaways were interceptions, and Sutton said he put an emphasis on forcing and recovering fumbles this season.

“The more times the ball is on the ground, the better our opportunities go up,” Sutton said. “We’ve got to keep working on that, and we’re working on that part in practice every day, trying to get the ball out, and I think like anything, if you stay the course with it, hopefully those things will start working in your favor.”

Go for one or two?

Reid left no doubt what he would have done had the Chiefs scored a touchdown in the final seconds and drawn within 24-23 last Sunday at Denver.

Play for overtime with an extra point or go for the win with a two▪ -point conversion.

“I was going to go for two,” Reid said on Friday, with no hesitation.

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