Chiefs vs. Steelers: Why Turnover Issues Will Continue to Plague Kansas City

Sebastian Lena@SP7988Analyst INovember 12, 2012

Cassel has seen a lot of the turf this season
Cassel has seen a lot of the turf this seasonPeter Aiken/Getty Images

They say cleanliness is next to Godliness. Well, in football it’s ball security.

It’s an issue—or lack there of it—that will be on full display during the Chiefs vs. Steelers Monday Night Football showdown.

When it comes to turning the ball over, these Kansas City Chiefs have been downright terrible.

In only eight games this season the Chiefs have already amassed a total of 29 turnovers. In comparison, the team only turned the ball over 28 times all of last season. They currently lead the league in the category, with only the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles within 10 of that mark.

It’s starting to become clear why the Chiefs are only 1-7 on the year.

With eight games remaining the Chiefs have a realistic shot of making a run at the Seattle Seahawks record of 63 total turnovers set during the 1984 season. Furthermore, the team’s minus-20 turnover margin is also within striking distance of the NFL record of minus-30 held by both the Chicago Rockets (1948) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (1965).

Ironically, it’ll be the latter who’ll try to ensure that the Chiefs inch even closer to that unflattering mark Monday night.

The Steelers are on the complete opposite side of the spectrum, having only turned the ball over eight times all season—the Chiefs have turned the ball over eight times in just the last two games.

On a three-game winning streak, the Steelers are playing their best football of the season. They’re also at home, where they’re 3-0 on the year, allowing opponents to an average of 12 points per game.

If the Chiefs are going to become the first team to beat the Steelers at home on Monday Night Football in more than 20 years, they’re going to have to play their best football of the season.

However, that’s a scenario even die-hard Chiefs fans will admit is pretty unrealistic right now.

For starters, the Chiefs have turned the ball over 20 times in their last five games. That’s an average of four turnovers per game. It also includes a six-turnover performance against the San Diego Chargers in Week 4.

Then there’s the fact that opposing defenses have converted the plethora of Chiefs turnovers into four touchdowns. That’s the same amount of touchdowns the Chiefs running game has produced and more than the three touchdowns quarterback Matt Cassel has thrown during the last five games.

Speaking of Cassel, he’s thrown for only six touchdowns all season. He has a quarterback rating of 68.9 on the season. But the most alarming fact about the 30-year-old signal caller is that he’s contributed to 19 of the team’s turnovers this season—11 interceptions and eight fumbles.

You think you have it bad, New York Jets fans? It could be worse. You could have Matt Cassel as your starting quarterback.

Put it this way: the Chiefs are bad. Really bad. There’s no other way to spin it.

Honestly, even if you took away the turnovers, this team would still struggle to stay above .500.

But when you mix it in with an under performing squad? You get history.

Unfortunately, it’s not the kind anyone wants to be a part of. 

Oh, well.