The Oakland Raiders beat the Kansas City Chiefs 26-16 Sunday, winning their sixth straight game at Arrowhead against their former rival. The Chiefs committed another four turnovers, leading to 13 of the Raiders points, and are blowing the rest of the league away with how inept they are playing football.
They are the worst team in the NFL with a -18 turnover ratio. They are on pace to become the worst team in history in that department. The 1965 Pittsburgh Steelers had a -30 ratio. The Chiefs would end this season with a -41. Yeah, when they suck, they don’t do anything halfway.
Once again, the Chiefs (1-6) never held a lead in the game and have now gone the entire season without holding a lead for even one second of regulation. How bad is that stat? CBS television popped a stat up onscreen late in the fourth quarter that said no team has EVER done that since 1940.
That’s right, Kansas City, your Chiefs are breaking 72-year old records in the worst possible ways.
Not to brag, but if you read my previous article discussing the quarterback switch from Matt Cassel to Brady Quinn as the starter last week, I ended that piece by pointing out that Quinn would likely only play one game before getting hurt in the second half of the Raiders game. I was wrong. Quinn didn’t make it out of the first quarter.
It’s not clear when Quinn got hurt exactly, but after getting sacked for a 7-yard loss on first down, he threw an interception on the next play. It looked like he was blocked hard by an Oakland defender, so it’s not certain which one of those two plays was the culprit. Quinn went to the locker room to have his head examined.
Despite the abject frustration of watching the worst football played in 50 years in this city, this writer will NOT state the obvious joke that X-rays of Quinn’s head revealed nothing (acka, acka!). After all, I wouldn’t want Eric Winston yelling at me since he and the rest of his offensive line mates may have had THEIR worst day as “professional” players. And, as a personal message to Eric, “Dude, after watching YOUR wretched performance “blocking” today, I’m sure no KC fan considers you a gladiator. I’m just sayin’ ….”
Cassel came in for Quinn and led the Chiefs to two field goals on his first two series and actually tied the game at 6-6 right before halftime. Fans in the stands got a bit of a buzz that the Chiefs had some momentum under Cassel.
(In fact, given the classy way he handled his demotion and the effort that HE put into today’s game, Cassel is one of only TWO Chiefs players that can hold their head up high this evening. LB Derrick Johnson is the other. Ryan Succop also had a very good day, but he’s a kicker and doesn’t count.)
But then, the Curse of Romeo 2012 hit the Chiefs with less than two minutes left in the half. The defense forced a punt by the Raiders and then another one of GM Scott Pioli’s blown draft picks, 2nd-rounder Javier Arenas, fumbled the ball on a fair catch, giving Oakland the ball deep in KC territory. Three plays later, Carson Palmer hit Denarius Moore for a 9-yard touchdown pass and the rout was officially on.
The Raiders pummeled the Chiefs offensive and defensive lines throughout the third quarter, building up a 26-9 lead. Seizing momentum from a lifeless group in red jerseys, the Raiders were able to run the ball at will, blowing the Chiefs D-line off the ball. Raiders RB Darren McFadden ended the game with 114 yards rushing and had four carries of 10 yards or more. Coming into the game, McFadden only had four runs that long ALL YEAR.
In contrast, Chiefs Pro Bowl running back, Jamaal Charles, had four yards on five carries. That’s a whopping 0.8 yards per carry.
So now the Chiefs share the embarrassment of having only one win for the season, the same as the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers, who both lost on Sunday too.
There’s a short week for KC to “get ready” for their next game. They travel to San Diego to play the Chargers on national TV Thursday night. San Diego was upset by the Cleveland Browns, 7-6, on Sunday and will be hurting after two straight losses. However, the elixir that makes every team better will be coming in to save their season …
Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2012 Kansas City Chiefs.
(I wonder what motivational sign Romeo will put up in the locker room this week? How about, “YOU SUCK!!”?)
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