Broncos vs. Chiefs: 5 Things That We Learned from Kansas City's 17-10 Loss

Bill Robbins@bill_kc28Correspondent INovember 14, 2011

Broncos vs. Chiefs: 5 Things That We Learned from Kansas City's 17-10 Loss

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    The Kansas City Chiefs lost another tough one on Sunday, as they were defeated by the Denver Broncos by the score of 17-10.

    Not only was this a hard loss to take, but it was also a game that KC really needed to win.

    The defeat not only dropped Kansas City to 4-5, but also put them even further behind in the AFC West title race.

    Here are five things that we learned from the Chiefs' loss against Denver.

The Chiefs Will Not Win the Division This Year

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    I have been hopeful of a Chiefs' division title repeat at times this season, but I think it's safe to say that it's not going to happen anymore.

    After a second straight loss to an inferior team, KC can pretty much kiss their '11 postseason dreams goodbye.

    It's only going to get harder for this team as they get set to embark on a brutal five-game stretch that includes both of last year's Super Bowl teams.

    As they always say, maybe next year guys.

The Chiefs Desperately Need Jamaal Charles Back

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    It's quite obvious that the Chiefs have struggled without Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles this season.

    The former University of Texas star was injured for the year when he tore his ACL in Week 2 against Detroit.

    Fourth-string RB Jackie Battle has done a decent job of filling in as featured back, but the reality is KC needs Charles back in there for the offense to be efficient going forward.

    It's just too bad that they will have to wait until next season for this to happen.

Matt Cassel Needs To Be Replaced Soon

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    The Chiefs' starting QB recent struggles continued in Week 10 against the Broncos.

    He completed just 13-of-28 pass attempts for 93 yards, and was very inaccurate for much of the day.

    His offensive line didn't help much, allowing him to be sacked four times, but it's clear that Cassel cannot move the ball with this offense going forward.

    It might be time to see what rookie QB Ricky Stanzi has to offer or select a new QB in the early rounds of next year's NFL draft.

The Chiefs Offense Will Struggle the Rest of the Season

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    In their last two games, the KC offense has been able to muster just 13 points combined, including just one touchdown.

    This output came against two very average defenses in Miami and Denver, and both just dominated Kansas City on that side of the ball for the entirety of each matchup.

    KC was only able to rack up 140 yards through the air, a number that will have to go up with the uncertainty that currently lies in their running game.

    It appears that it will only get worse from here for this unit, as they will face several tough defenses over this upcoming five-game stretch that they start next Monday night in New England.

Todd Haley Is Slowing Putting Himself Back on the Hot Seat

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    I can't believe I'm saying this, but after two straight losses to a couple of dismal teams, KC head coach Todd Haley could be on the hot seat again

    After his team started the season off 0-3, and were blown out in two of those games, many Chiefs fans were sure that the Haley era would be coming to an end soon after.

    However, he was able to buy a few more weeks as the team's coach after putting together a four-game winning streak to bring his time to .500 with a 4-4 record.

    Now, with two more embarrassing home losses under his belt, Haley can't be so sure about his job from now on.