Chiefs Offense Was OK, Except The Only Place It Matters

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 21: Tyler Palko #4 of the Kansas City Chiefs throws a pass against the New England Patriots in the second half at Gillette Stadium on November 21, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Chiefs game against the New England Patriots was a weird one to analyze.

On the one hand, I think you have to like some of the Chiefs offense, given the circumstances with Tyler Palko, the backup quarterback, playing. Outside of the turnovers, Palko had a decent day with over 200 yards passing, the running game was also decent with over 100 yards rushing and the Chiefs passed the 50-yard line on eight of 12 possessions. Those are all good things.

On the other hand, those stats didn't translate into points, which I thought was strange. You would think passing the 50 on eight of 12 possessions would result in more than three points. All three turnovers came in Patriots territory and, despite some of the Chiefs offensive numbers, they only scored three points.

"We just can't have critical errors in critical situations," Chiefs coach Todd Haley said on the Chiefs Kingdom Show on Tuesday night. "Anytime you cross the 50 against a team, and then you add in you're on the road and playing an offense like New England and a quarterback like Tom Brady, anytime you cross the 50 is a critical situation. We had opportunities and we did things we can't do in those situations and they cost us. The name of the game is scoring more points than your opponent. We had an opportunity to get it going in the right direction and didn't do it, unfortunately."

So how strange was it that the Chiefs had those offensive numbers and only scored three points? 

For the Chiefs, it's actually the first time in history that's happened. The KC Star's stats blog, Upon Further Review, crunched the numbers and found that in the team's history when they have 215 or more passing yards and 119 or more rushing yards, the least amount of points they've scored is 10. So that helps explain why I thought the Chiefs offense wasn't that terrible considering they scored only three points. 

But, as Haley said, the name of the game is scoring points, which the Chiefs failed to do. So the rest doesn't really matter at this point.

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