Chiefs vs. Ravens: Winners and Losers in Kansas City's 9-6 Loss
The Kansas City Chiefs played a hard-fought game against the Baltimore Ravens. The Chiefs held the Ravens to nine points. However, it was not enough, as Ryan Succop's two field goals were less than Justin Tucker's three field goals.
Another loss for the Chiefs, but this time, a controversial one. From pregame to postgame, fans made headlines that created national attention.
We'll go over the top winners and losers from Sunday's 9-6 loss.
Winner No. 1: QB Brady Quinn
Of course, fans were ecstatic when Quinn came on the field. The players also looked more motivated, as Quinn completed all three of his passes. He completed a fourth pass for a touchdown to Dwayne Bowe, but it was called back because of a pass interference call on Dexter McCluster.
Despite just one drive, the atmosphere at Arrowhead Stadium changed when Quinn took the field.
Loser No. 1: QB Matt Cassel
Cassel is not playing like a true starting quarterback. Not many starting quarterbacks can do what Cassel is doing and continue to earn their title as a starter.
The Chiefs coaching staff showed little confidence in Cassel, who was limited to only 15 pass attempts. His two fumbles and two interceptions increased his turnover total for the season to 14.
Cassel's most crucial fumble came in the third quarter when the Chiefs held possession of the football at the one-yard line, getting ready to take the lead for the first time in regulation this season. But Cassel fumbled the snap and gave the football to the Ravens.
Cassel's day got worse after being knocked down and suffering a head injury in the fourth quarter.
Winner No. 2: RB Jamaal Charles
Jamaal Charles was busy again for the Chiefs and tried to put the team in position to win.
Charles rushed for 140 yards off 30 carries and had 161 total yards off 33 touches. Despite not scoring a touchdown, his yardage collection gave the Chiefs offense momentum at times in a low-scoring game.
Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll must be careful when using Charles for 33 touches.
Loser No. 2: WR Dwayne Bowe
Bowe finished Sunday with six receptions for 60 yards. He was thrown to eight times, and in two of those failed completions, Bowe had a hand on the football. In the end, the tipped passes turned into interceptions.
He was also called for a crucial offensive pass interference call early in the fourth quarter, which nullified a first-down pass to McCluster.
Winner No. 3: Chiefs Defense
The Chiefs defense struggled coming into this week, trying to find a rhythm for four quarters. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco would be the first to admit that the Chiefs defense created a lot of problems.
Flacco was sacked four times, twice by Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Flacco threw an interception to cornerback Brandon Flowers for 29 yards.
Although the Chiefs were not highly rewarded for holding the Ravens to a season-low of nine points, head coach and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel knows this defense can build off a lot from this game.
Loser No. 3: Chiefs Front Office
Chiefs fans want general manager Scott Pioli out of Kansas City for continuing to allow Cassel to remain as the starting quarterback. Pioli, who traded Cassel and reunited with him in 2009, signed him to a six-year deal worth $63 million.
Pioli has been heavily criticized by fans and the media, as you will see in the next slide, and Chiefs owner Clark Hunt is nowhere to be found for his comments. Fans are seeking answers from the owner, wondering why the franchise continues to struggle year in and year out.
With Cassel holding the lead in turnovers with 14, Pioli's seat continues to get hotter.
Biggest Winners: Chiefs Fans
Arrowhead Stadium is known as the loudest stadium in the NFL. Even in the past few years when the Chiefs have played poorly, the cheering and booing can be heard well by fans watching the game from home.
Sunday morning, a banner in the air was spotted. The pleaded for the Chiefs to fire Pioli and bench Cassel.
A sign was noticed by many Chiefs fans near the entrance of the parking lot. The sign stated that the Chiefs are an "embarrassment."
In the game, Chiefs fans appeared happy when Cassel suffered an injury and left the game. Many players, most notably offensive tackle Eric Winston, were disappointed in fans for their reaction while Cassel was down.
Despite what players might think, fans did get their point across and let the organization know their stance on the team, mainly the quarterback position.