CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 4: Jackie Battle #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs is tackled by Chris Conte #47 of the Chicago Bears after catching the football at Soldier Field on December 4, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chiefs defeated the Bears 10-3. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
Can you guess which side of the ball these stats come from?
10. Points by the Chiefs. Obviously. The Chiefs haven't scored more than 10 points in a game since Halloween so the offense is still broken and a hail mary won't change that. The problem is that the Chiefs offense really does nothing well. About the best thing I can say about yesterday's performance (outside of the hail mary) is that they didn't turn it over. And, yeah, it's not a good thing when "not totally screwing up" is described as one of your positives.
27-51. Rushing attempts and yards for Thomas Jones and Jackie Battle. 16 carries for Jones, a guy who has so clearly lost his legs is way, way too many, especially when you only gain 36 yards from that. The problem? The Chiefs don't have a lot of better options. Even Jackie Battle ended with a whopping 15 yards on 11 carries. So the Chiefs have big issues in their running game and, while I can point and say it's broken, I'm not sure what the solution is. For a team that loves to run the football, this is a bit of a problem.
3.6. Average gain per play for the Chiefs. Um, that's not good. But it's also the theme of the Chiefs season. The Bears were actually worse but sub-four yards per play that you run is not a good number. You won't win very often like that.
8. Penalties for the Chiefs. Some we knew would happen (like Barry Richardson's penalties) and others were just from not paying attention, like false starts. The Chiefs offense isn't good enough to consistently overcome things like that.
56.7%. Tyler Palko's completion percentage. About the one sort-of-positive we could hang our hats on with Tyler Palko is that he completed a high percentage of his passes -- 64.9 and 64.3 percent in his first two starts. (Yes, I know that's a stretch but I had to pick five.) That number dropped a good chunk on Sunday.
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