As a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, all I can do is shake my head right now. A team that came into the season expected to compete for the AFC West title is 1-3 heading into its next matchup with a strong Baltimore Ravens squad. A talented defense has allowed 112 points in its three losses (though one touchdown yesterday was a pick six). Jamaal Charles has been the only bright spot, amassing 512 total yards and three touchdowns so far, but even he lost two fumbles yesterday in a 37-20 loss against the San Diego Chargers.
Dwayne Bowe may be the Jerry Rice of garbage time, but he has failed to score a touchdown when a game was actually within reach. Matt Cassel has seven interceptions and four fumbles, not exactly what you’d expect from your field general. Is there any hope left for this team? If their lethargic first half play continues, the Chiefs shouldn’t expect to win more than five games this year.
It’s hard to point to the biggest problem. The Chiefs have not led this season except for after the overtime field goal by Ryan Succop to beat the New Orleans Saints, and much of that blame falls on poor early game defense. In the Chargers game, the offense had six turnovers, including three interceptions from Cassel (one of them wasn’t his fault), two fumbles by Charles and one by running back Shaun Draughn. When Cassel hit Charles for a touchdown pass in the third quarter to make it 27-13, it looked like Kansas City could make it a game, but they failed to sustain their following drives and were put away soundly by Phillip Rivers and company.
It’s hard to see how this team can beat the Ravens, but it is the National Football League, so you never know. If things don’t turn around soon, expect head coach Romeo Crennel‘s tenure to end during the season. If the team does end up with a high draft pick next year, they should look to draft a quarterback and end the nightmare of the Cassel years. The level of play from the Chiefs so far is simply unacceptable and it may not be long before general manager Scott Pioli is looking for work elsewhere as well.