7 Reasons Why the Kansas City Won't Win Another Game This Season
Yet again, the Kansas City Chiefs fall flat. This time, it happened on Thursday Night Football for everyone to see. For those outside of Kansas City who hadn't watched the Chiefs before this game don't care to watch another one this season.
Thankfully, for Chiefs fans, they don't have to put up with their team for a while since their next game is on Monday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
But even so, the Chiefs have failed to produce and it doesn't appear that this team is capable of winning another game this season.
In this slideshow, I'll go over the reasons why the Chiefs won't win again this year.
The Chiefs Don't Have a Reliable Quarterback
Cassel leads the NFL in turnovers with 18. He's played a big part in the Chiefs 1-7 downfall this season. In his fourth year with the team, Cassel hasn't been able to produce nor live up to the expectations general manager Scott Pioli had in him.
Although many fans want to see Ricky Stanzi on the field, even though he's never done anything to prove he's great, it's in Stanzi's best interest to not even play to avoid humiliation.
The Offense Scored Only 12 Touchdowns This Year
The Chiefs offense has very little highlights. But even their best player, Jamaal Charles, has seen some bad games this season.
Out of the eight games the Chiefs have played this year, they've found the end zone 12 times. Out of those 12, eight of them have come in the second half in which the game is already a blowout.
As sports fans know, teams play soft defense if they have a big lead. The Chiefs have taken advantage of this by putting together most of their touchdown drives late in the game. In fact, all three of Dwayne Bowe's touchdowns came in the fourth quarter and none of them made any impact to the game.
Out of Cassel's six touchdown passes, five occurred in the second half, four of them being in the fourth quarter.
The Chiefs Have Turned the Ball over 29 Times This Year
In sports, especially football, turnovers can easily decide a game. The Chiefs will be the first team to agree to that statement.
Another reason the Chiefs have only one win is because of their 29 giveaways. It's already more than the 28 giveaways they had in 2011 all together.
The Dallas Cowboys have turned the ball over more than any team except the Chiefs. The Cowboys have 19 giveaways, which is 10 fewer than the Chiefs.
With the Chiefs at the halfway point in the season, they are on pace to giveaway the ball 58 times.
The Chiefs Have Never Played with a Lead This Season
The Chiefs have played 488 minutes and 33 seconds of football this year and have only tied or trailed this year. Their sole win came in Week 3 during an overtime period when Ryan Succop kicked a game-winning field goal. When the kick was made, the game was over and the Chiefs never played with a lead. They just won.
It's no wonder why the Chiefs are 1-7. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Chiefs are the first team not to hold a lead during the first seven games since the 1929 Buffalo Bisons. To make things worse, the Bisons folded after that season. How is that for an ugly comparison?
With eight games to go in the season, the Chiefs are bound to lead a game at some point this season. If not, a head coach should be relieved of his duties, even in his first year as the head coach. Not only are the Chiefs losing badly, fans have not been treated to an exciting game because they've never seen the Chiefs lead once.
Brian Daboll Is Not Giving the Football to His Best Player
Brian Daboll isn't getting the job done at offensive coordinator. Jamaal Charles, who is arguably the team's best player, has been snubbed in a couple of games this season.
Charles had only six carries against Buffalo and five against Oakland. But against New Orleans and Baltimore, Charles took the ball over 30 times on the ground and gained over 100 yards in both those game.
Daboll looks bad with how he used Charles against Oakland after Buccaneers running back Doug Martin ran for 251 yards off 25 carries. Perhaps it's in Daboll's best interest to use his best player if he wants to keep his job.
They Have Not Scored a Touchdown on Their Opening Drive in 25 Games
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It's been 25 games since the Chiefs scored a touchdown on their opening drive. It last occurred in Week 16 of the 2010 season against the Tennessee Titans.
The Chiefs went all last year, being the only team, to go without scoring a touchdown on an opening drive. Here we are in the middle of the 2012 season and the Chiefs are still searching for the end zone to start off a game.
This is another reason why the Chiefs haven't taken the lead, nor will they win another game.
The Chiefs Have Allowed 30 Points Per Game
In the first half of the season, the Chiefs have been a victim of allowing opposing teams to light up the scoreboard. They're 30th in the league in points given up per game.
Teams have found multiple ways to score against the Chiefs, whether it is on offense, defense or special teams. This is another reason why the Chiefs have not taken the lead. Not only have they struggled scoring on their own, but their opponents find a way to quickly get it to the end zone.
Romeo Crennel, as the head coach of the team, must find a way to limit opposing teams from scoring too much. But fans know even that is a tall order for a coach like Crennel.