Can things possibly get any worse for the downtrodden Chiefs?
The sons of Romeo Crennel head into San Diego on Thursday night as solid 9.5-point dogs (O/U 42.5), and they’ve earned every one of those points with their play of late. The loss to the Raiders on Sunday was their fourth loss (without a win) at home this season, and marked the sixth consecutive time that KC has gone down to the Raiders at Arrowhead.
Crennel is at a loss for words, or at least any words that would give long-suffering Chiefs fans any hope that things would get better any time soon: “A lot of things happened in the course of the game that you sometimes don't have any control over,” said Crennel after the Raider beatdown. “You just have to go forward and do what you can from there.”
KC is 1-6 SU (straight up) in a division that otherwise would be ripe for the picking, and 2-5 ATS. Most damning, though, is that the Chiefs have not held a lead all season in regulation play – the only team in NFL history who can lay claim to that sad feat this far into the season. (Their game-ending OT field goal against the messed-up Saints is the only time they’ve led all season.)
Barring season-changing injuries to the Steelers, the Chiefs will be double-digit dogs in Week 10, and the only apparent thing standing between KC and a chance to draft USC quarterback Matt Barkley is an early-December home game against equally-confused Carolina.
Crennel, who owes his two head-coaching stints (Cleveland, KC) to his work as a defensive coordinator with the Super Bowl-champion Patriots, was at a loss to explain why one of the league’s best backs, Jamaal Charles, got only five carries against Oakland, mumbling something about wanting to get Peyton Hillis more touches and not explaining why.
If KC wants to get Charles back on track, he’ll have to do it on Thursday against the league’s second-best defense against the run.
And did we mention that both quarterbacks, Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn, are having concussion difficulties? And that the only other QBs on the roster have never taken a snap in an NFL game?
All in all, difficult times in the Midwest for a team that is only two years removed from an AFC West title but now needs to be towed into the shop for a major engine overhaul.
Editor's pointspread note: Early money has been on the Chiefs so far this week, moving the line down from where it opened at nearly every book. As of Tuesday afternoon, the line varied from Chargers -7.5 to -9.5, depending on where you place your bet. Is this a steam move to set up the buy-back later in the week? Keep an eye on the lines history heading into Thursday's game at San Diego.