Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Kansas City Chiefs were unwatchable this Sunday

The Chiefs are a weekly exercise in keeping the faith.

Posted by on Sun, Sep 16, 2012 at 9:17 PM

The Chiefs might as well get KC Wolf in pads and put him out there.
  • The Chiefs might as well get KC Wolf in pads and put him out there.
It was a remote thrower. A curse hurler. A joint stinker. A year removed from a 41-7 pasting at the hands of the Buffalo Bills, the Kansas City Chiefs were no less dominated in a 35-17 loss that saw the Bills take their foot off the gas in the third quarter.

In an odd bit of synchronicity, CJ Spiller, Stevie Johnson and Scott Chandler all found the end zone again and the Chiefs looked like the kind of team that you circle on the schedule as one who is good for whatever ails you.

True believers will point to Matt Cassel's 300 yards, Dwayne Bowe's two touchdown catches and Peyton Hillis' average of six yards per carry. Those are the same guys who will tell you your barbecue is the best they've ever had and Zack Greinke is coming back to the Royals next year. It doesn't change the fact that when the game still mattered, the Chiefs simply weren't good enough to compete.

Hillis fumbled on the one yard line, Bowe dropped a sure completion and Cassel seemed to be looking up at the sky as often as out over the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The defense remained an open barn door, even with the return of Tamba Hali and Brandon Flowers. And Jamaal Charles was riding an exercise bike on the sidelines in the third quarter.

Being a fan means you're not ready to give up after two games. It requires faith that things will get better, even in the absence of proof to the contrary. Even with the winless New Orleans Saints on the schedule next, who will have no shortage of urgency or offensive weapons. Even with a defense that has given up 75 points in just two games.

At some point, the Chiefs have to start giving something back to their fans. And at this point, it's a toss-up whether the fans would take a victory or a refund.

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