The Packers traditionally have been devoted to fundamental football values, using a limited number of plays and performing those impeccably. Buffalo is not fancy, either, but the Bills' factor of error was much greater than Green Bay's.
Shrake says: "I expect to see the Packers have a hard time running on the Chiefs. Buck Buchanan is a good big tackle and Sherrill Headrick a very mobile middle linebacker. The defensive ends, Jerry Mays and Chuck Hurston, are good, and the outside linebackers, Bobby Bell and E. J. Holub, are very strong against the run. Look for Kansas City to move Bell up on the line quite a bit and go with a five-man line. The pass-rush is strong from Mays and Buchanan, but the Packers should be able to handle it, except possibly the blitz.
"Safeties Bobby Hunt and Johnny Robinson are good interceptors [they grabbed 10 passes each during the season], but the corner backs, Fred Williamson and Willie Mitchell, should have a great deal of trouble with Boyd Dowler and Carroll Dale. Both play loose and need help from the free safety. The Chiefs have speed on offense, and Flanker Otis Taylor is as good a receiver as any the Packers have seen all season. He is not as fast as Bob Hayes, of course, but at 9.6 for the 100 he is fast enough. He is also big (6 feet 2, 215) and a good blocker. Taylor has remarkable hands and is very hard to tackle after a catch. He takes a Herb Adderley delight in hitting people and knocking them down.
"Split End Chris Burford has wonderful moves, very good hands, not much speed. Tight End Fred Arbanas is a superb blocker with good hands—almost a Mike Ditka, although not as good a runner—but he is likely to be replaced by the big rookie, Aaron Brown, because of the shoulder separation the Bills gave him."
Moving on to the offensive line, Shrake says, "Left Tackle Jim Tyrer probably is the best in the league and he'll draw Lionel Aldridge in an interesting match. Ed Budde, the left guard, is very good. But the Chiefs should have no more success running than the Packers. They lack a really powerful fullback and often call on little Mike Garrett on short-yardage plays. Garrett is also the only back on the club who can go outside; Bert Coan, the other outside runner, is still bothered by an ankle injury.
"A blitz could hurt the Chiefs if the Packers use it, and I suspect they will. Dawson is accurate and he can scramble fairly well, but he retreats and hesitates and worries about throwing an interception. When he has time, he is dangerous, but the Chiefs may not have enough of a running threat to give him time."
Shrake concludes: "I don't think the Chiefs are as good as the Cowboys—I don't really think the Packers are, either—but I do think the Chiefs are as good as, say, Philadelphia, and they should play over their heads."
The Chiefs assuredly are a good football team, but the Packers are the best in a generation. If they approach their capability they should defeat the good Chiefs easily.
Almost all pro veterans agree that championships are won by the defense and the quarterback. The quarterback of the Packers is Bart Starr, who, in the last six years, has become one of the two best in the game. The other is John Unitas of Baltimore, not Kansas City's Dawson, the erstwhile third-string quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dawson has matured, but it is unlikely that any coach in either league would select him ahead of Starr.
An assistant coach who has drawn paychecks from clubs in both leagues says, " Starr never makes a mistake of any kind. He never throws a ball unless he is sure where it is going, and he never calls a bad play. He never gives you an edge—and this is a game of edges. I don't think Dawson has reached that point yet. He throws well, but he hesitates and he is caught too much. And the Chiefs have problems in a slow offensive line and in their secondary. If you have problems in your secondary against the Packers, you can forget about winning. Starr will cut you to bits. A slow offensive line against the Packer front four is in trouble, too."