Chiefs’ game plans have been superb, first-half statistics show. Over the past three games, the Chiefs have averaged 195 yards and 11 first downs and scored five offensive touchdowns in the first half.
After the break has been a different story.
The Chiefs don’t have a touchdown in the second half since the Dec. 6 victory at Oakland. The Raiders and Chiefs meet Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Kickoff is 3:25 p.m.
The Chiefs have held double-digit leads at halftime but lack of production in the two home victories, against the Chargers and Browns, meant they had to sweat out those outcomes.
Where’s the second half production?
“I think it just boils down to execution,” Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said. “We have to do better on first down.”
In last week’s 17-13 victory over the Browns, the Chiefs had six first-down plays in the second half. One was a 19-yard completion from Alex Smith to Albert Wilson. The five others averaged two yards. The Chiefs ran 17 plays and picked up three first downs after the break.
But Pederson said he doesn’t think the Chiefs are playing more conservatively in the second half.
“I don’t feel like we’re pulling off as much as we just have to focus a little better,” he said. “We’re not changing scheme. We’re running the same stuff. It’s just a matter of everybody stepping their game up.”