The Bengals defense may want to thank Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll for not attacking one of Cincinnati’s biggest weaknesses on Sunday. After going three-and-out on their first offensive drive, the Chiefs offense came out on their second-drive going no-huddle 5 of the 7 plays during that drive. The Chiefs gained 59 yards on that drive, which ended up being their most productive drive of the entire game, despite the fact it ended it only a Ryan Succop 34-yard field goal. Given that it was only the Chiefs’ second offensive possession, it would have been easy to think Kansas City would have kept up their no-huddle-attack for must of the game as they held a 3-0 lead at home.
After that drive, the Chiefs ran just three no-huddle plays until the 4th-quarter, after they’d already fallen behind 28-6. In that span, the Chiefs mustered up just 140 yards of offense on 7 drives. Once they fell behind 28-6, they went back to the no-huddle and picked up 76 yards of offense on three drives, though by then it was far too late. Why Brian Daboll didn’t have Matt Cassel and/or Brady Quinn utilize it more is a question the Bengals were happy they didn’t have to deal with it, as the no-huddle has typically been effective against Mike Zimmer’s defenses.