Add another one to the loss column after the Chiefs suffered their fourth straight loss Sunday night. They’re now 4-7 and things are not looking too bright.
One of the easiest ways to lose a game in the NFL is to turn the ball over and the Chiefs did it four times. In Tyler Palko’s second career start he threw three interceptions and fumbled a snap, not much of an upgrade from his first start. He completed 18 of his 28 passes for 167 yards, but another week goes by and Kansas City still could not get it in the end zone.
The Chiefs were able to move the ball on a few possessions, but along with the turnovers what has been their Achilles’ heel is the fact that they cannot finish drives. The team had drives of 57, 38, and 70 yards but all three ended with field goals. Even at the end of the game the Chiefs were able to move the ball into Steelers’ territory, but the drive stalled when Palko threw his third pick of the game.
The Chiefs’ defense kept its side of the bargain. Kansas City held Ben Roethlisberger to under 200 yards passing and forced him to throw an interception. Along with holding Pittsburgh to only 108 yards on the ground the defense also forced Mewelde Moore to fumble.
Kansas City is falling fast. There needs to be some serious changes if they have any hopes of making the playoffs. The team is clearly not sold on Tyler Palko being the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season because they claimed Kyle Orton off of waivers last week. It’s going to be interesting to see how well he fits in during practice this week and whether Coach Todd Haley feels the team has a better chance of winning with Orton in the lineup.
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Written by Matt Brody