The Kansas City Chiefs once again failed to show up, this time in a 37-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium. And just like that, anything positive Romeo Crennel and his staff earned from their comeback victory over the New Orleans Saints last week was gone.
There are plenty of negatives to take away from the beat down handed down by the Chargers, but maybe the biggest is the Chiefs turned in such a poor performance in front of so many great former players. They were all in the building to see Will Shields get inducted into the Chiefs Ring of Honor.
Making matters worse, most of the Chiefs wounds were self inflicted. Another blowout would be easier to take if Philip Rivers and company had come out and stormed Arrowhead with amazing play. Instead, the reason the visitors laughed all the way back to San Diego is because Matt Cassel, Jamaal Charles and company kept handing them the ball.
Thanks to a whopping six turnovers by Kansas City, the Chargers walked into sole possession of first place in the AFC West, while the Chiefs fell into last place with the Oakland Raiders.
We have seen a lot of low points around here over the years, but considering the talent on this Chiefs team and the level of expectations, right now it’s hard to remember a lower point. Even this post-game writeup that was created to always look at the silver lining was near impossible to complete.
And just when you start to think maybe things can’t get any worse, you look at the schedule and see the 3-1 Baltimore Ravens are coming to town next week. The only question is if there will be any fans in the seats to watch the game.
Until then, we will once again try to pull the positives out of another embarrassing game with the best of the worst on offense, defense and special teams.
Offense: Dwayne Bowe
Sometimes it really is easy to pick on Bowe. When he pulls up on a pass he has an outside chance to catch or like Sunday when he got up after being interfered with and pointed at the back of his jersey for his “Bowe Show” celebration. But the reality of the situation is there’s no way to know just how good he really is with Cassel throwing him the ball.
Playing with a sore thigh, Bowe caught seven passes for a season-high 108 yards and a late touchdown. To find a game he had more receiving yards, you’ll have to go back to Week 6 of last season as the Chiefs were building a four-game winning streak.
Unfortunately for Bowe — and the rest of the Chiefs receivers — even when Crennel eventually puts Cassel on the bench, there’s no one better coming in behind him. Brady Quinn wasn’t good when he was a starter in the league and hasn’t thrown an NFL pass since 2009. Meanwhile, Ricky Stanzi is still waiting to make his NFL debut.
Defense: Ropati Pitoitua
When Glenn Dorsey went down this week in practice with a calf injury, the biggest concern was about who could step in and fill his shoes on the end. While there were some issues against the run that Dorsey would have likely solved, Pitoitua more than held his own.
The massive defensive end sacked Rivers twice and finished second on the team with six tackles. Over the previous three games, Pitoitua had five tackles combined without any sacks. The first multi-sack game of his career should help him earn extra snaps this weekend against the Ravens.
Special Teams: Dustin Colquitt
If there’s one thing the Chiefs won on Sunday, it’s something we learned to love back in the Herm Edwards era: battle of the punters!
He didn’t set any team records the way Ryan Succop did last week, but Colquitt had himself an impressive day at the office. Four of his five punts landed inside the 20 and he finished with a net average of 51.3, the second-highest of his career.