What a crappy way to lose a road game.
But before you start pointing fingers in the second Kansas City Chiefs loss of the year, know this.
This loss falls squarely on the shoulders of defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and his defense.
After the last few games, Crennel has been praised. I personally have gone so far as to call him the best offseason acquisition the Chiefs made this year.
But today, he blew it. Plain and simple.
But at no point in this game did the defense really look that good – especially in the second half.
You almost had the feeling when the Chiefs missed on third down – an absurd play call by offensive coordinator to stop running the football when you’re trying to run clock and have been killing Houston on the ground all game long – that Houston was going to march down the field.
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Rushing is this team’s bread and butter. Rushing was working all game long. Weis got cute, went away from it and it burned them in the end.
Watching the fourth quarter, it was as if the Chiefs went to the prevent defense the entire quarter. The prevent defense prevents the defense from stopping the offense. It’s futile. It’s asinine.
This loss hurts. It really hurts. But this is entirely on the defense.
You can’t blame the official for throwing that flag. Bad calls happen every game. An official has never won or lost a game.
Even if that play IS called, you still have to stop Houston. It becomes easier in theory, but this is a defense that looked horrible all afternoon. Why does that one call make a difference? What’s 10-15 more yards the way the Chiefs defense was playing?
Did Cassel come through in the end? No. Would it have mattered if he wasn’t really good the first 57 minutes of this game? No. You can’t pin this loss on him. Dude put 31 points on the board. With the way this defense played in the first four games of the season, that should have been MORE than enough.
The good news? Chiefs have a great chance to win at least four of the next five. Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills at home? Those are “should win” games. Oakland Raiders on the road? Should win. Denver Broncos on the road? That one’s a little more iffy – especially with the way they throw. It can be argued Denver’s passing game is better than Houston. Even with as one-dimensional as they have been, they’re still throwing it and throwing it well. Then after that is Arizona at home. That’s a should win game.
This game wasn’t lost in the final couple of minutes – mostly because it shouldn’t have come DOWN to the final couple of minutes. The Chiefs offense did what it needed to do to win this game. The defense let them down.
Should be interesting to see what happens next week.