Good morning. We've had jugglers and clowns, and I'm pretty sure the dancing bear was off camera. The Chiefs' season is now a circus. Usually I am pleased during the bye week because my liver gets an opportunity to recover. This week it's not my liver, but my self-esteem that needs the help.
Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news.
One Play Symbolizes The Chiefs' Lost Season from KC Star
If you're keeping track of such things, you and your 10 best friends have as many touchdowns on offense as the Chiefs do in their last two games combined. Actually, that might not be true. Maybe you know Williams or something.
This loss also produced the following awful fact: When the Chiefs had the ball, they got outscored 7-3.
Even in Kansas City, where people have become unwitting experts on determining the different levels and aromas of sports stink, it's hard to tell whether the Chiefs are shoveling themselves to new lows or just rearranging the same old waste.
Early Defensive Efforts Not Enough To Hold Off Bucs from The Mothership
The second half began exactly as the Bucs had planned and it went exactly as the Chiefs had feared. The Buccaneers offense knifed through the Chiefs defense in the early moments of the third quarter and Freeman completed three consecutive passes for a total of 80 yards and a touchdown. To add insult to injury, the Chiefs were driving on the very next possession when WR
Dexter McClusterreached out for a pass that bobbled towards the ground. DB Ronde Barber snared the pass, before it touched the turf and the interception was returned for 78 yards and a touchdown.
Source: No Contract Extension For Chiefs' Pioli from KC Star
The Chiefs are in the midst of what so far is their most disappointing season in years, if not ever. The Chiefs quietly believed they would contend for the AFC West championship, but have instead been the league's least competitive team.
They have not led during a game this season, the deepest any NFL team has gone into a season without having a lead since 1983. The Chiefs have been behind by at least 18 points in all but one of their games this season.
Don't Laugh, Your Team May Be Next from FOX Sports
Don't ridicule Kansas City Chiefs fans. One day soon, you could be in their position, a punch line for uninformed, unsympathetic national media, reduced to begging ownership to act responsibly and fairly, the target of scorn from the very athletes you support, forced to finance your own public-relations campaign.
This is where professional sports are headed. The disconnect between local fans and the franchises they love is being powered and accelerated by multi-billion-dollar TV contracts and the billions of ancillary dollars generated by video games and whatnot.
Times may never have been as difficult for Quinn as these. His debut as the Chiefs' starter didn't go as hoped. The Chiefs fell to 1-5 Sunday when they were blown out again, this time 38-10 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Now this mess is no longer the work of Matt Cassel. It's Quinn's to deal with, for the time being, at least.
Tipped Passes Again Don't Bounce Chiefs' Way from KC Star
Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster called it a "once-in-a-million" play, but it seems to happen week after week to the Chiefs.
Once again, tipped balls doomed the Chiefs on Sunday in a 38-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Quarterback Brady Quinn, subbing for the injured Matt Cassel, was just as snakebit when it came to passes clanging off the hands of receivers and going straight to defensive players for interceptions.
Postgame Notes: Chiefs At Buccaneers from The Mothership
Scoring Drive Plays, Time: The Chiefs registered a 15-play, 59-yard drive that lasted 7:33, resulting in a 38-yard field goal from K
Ryan Succop. The 15 plays are the most plays on any Chiefs scoring drive this year, and 7:33 is the longest time of possession for a Kansas City scoring drive in 2012.
Is this rock bottom for the Chiefs?
If it's not, it's pretty darn close. It's not just the 1-5 record that's so disappointing. They have not been competitive for 60 minutes in any game this season, and they now have been outscored a whopping 183-104 and haven't scored a touchdown with the game on the line since the first half of the season opener.
Bizarre Play Led To Chiefs' Only Touchdown from KC Star
The Chiefs scored their only touchdown of the game when Shaun Draughn blocked a punt by Tampa Bay's Michael Koenen in the end zone, only to see the punter recover it. Instead of taking a safety or running with the ball, Koenen tried to throw it, and it went to Jones, who took it across the goal line for his first NFL touchdown.
Bucs Burn Chiefs' Routt Twice For Big Plays from KC Star
Chiefs cornerback Stanford Routt felt like a marked man on Sunday.
Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman connected on two 62-yard plays in the Buccaneers' 38-10 win over the Chiefs, and Routt, despite pretty decent coverage, was the victim each time.
Chiefs Continue To Sink Amid GM Rumors from FS Kansas City
On a day when rumors again surfaced that Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli was offered a two-year contract extension weeks ago, the Chiefs displayed compelling evidence that the whole system should be blown up, from general manager on down to the coaching staff.
The Chiefs, hoping for an insertion of life with backup quarterback Brady Quinn starting for the injured and maligned Matt Cassel, instead put forth perhaps their worst effort of the season in a dismal 38-10 drubbing at the hands of the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Bucs Defense Stars In Rout Of Chiefs from The Associated Press via FOX Sports
''If I could bottle that, I'd sell it for a lot of money,'' the oldest player on the field said of his penchant for changing games. ''I've always been ball aware. I see the ball out a lot because I'm always around it. I can't tell you why. I'll just take them as they come, though.''
The only remaining player from Tampa Bay's Super Bowl champion of 10 years ago picked off a pass that nearly hit the ground after glancing off the intended receiver's arm, and it smooth sailing up the right sideline, with teammate E.J. Biggers leading the way.
Josh Freeman And Buccaneers Come To Life, Beat Kansas City Chiefs from The Tampa Bay Times
"When it comes down to it, I feel like my guys are better than their guys," Freeman said after passing for 328 yards - a career high in a victory - with three touchdowns and one interception.
"You hate to say it blunt like that, but we've got guys that can make plays when we give them opportunities."
For the second week in a row, the Chiefs leaned on a ball-control scheme that kept their opponents off the field early. Kansas City held the ball for 19-plus minutes of the first half but did nothing with it, scoring just a field goal. Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll ran the ball 51 times and threw it just 17 in last week's loss to the Baltimore Ravens. His game plan was more balanced Sunday, but no more prolific.
Two Unbelievable Pick Six Plays From One Game from USA Today
Tampa Bay's 38-10 drubbing of Kansas City Sunday afternoon was for the most part, as Joe Buck might say, "a disgusting act."
The frequent displays of ineptitude between the 2-3 Buccaneers and 1-5 Chiefs did have one, well, two silver linings in this pair of bizarre interception returns for touchdowns.
Born Again, Finding Comfort Zone from Tampa Bay Online
Kansas City hit this game with the second-best rushing attack in football and the NFL's leading rusher in Jamaal Charles. Last week against the Ravens, Kansas City had 214 yards rushing and Charles made 140 of those. The Bucs allowed 80 yards rushing. Charles had 40. This rush defense seems the realest deal the Bucs have right now.
A Bucs secondary that had been decimated, part of dead last in the NFL in pass defense, rallied Sunday. Who needed Talib? There were a lot of hands on a lot of balls. There was Mark Barron's first pro interception. And there was Barber, again.
Wrap-Up: Buccaneers 38, Chiefs 10 from ESPN
The Chiefs stumble into the bye. They host Oakland in two weeks in the first game at Arrowhead Stadium since right tackle Eric Winston berated some fans for cheering when Cassel went down. It caused a national firestorm and prompted coach Romeo Crennel and owner Clark Hunt to praise the team's fan base. It could be an interesting day at Arrowhead.
Tony adams, Danan Hughes, Mike Bell and Dave Lindstrom met with fans and signed posters. The appearance was part of a weekend long event at the casino.
Saddle Brook's Maneri Enjoys Career Day In Chiefs' Loss from Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch
The third-year pro, in his first season as a tight end after converting from offensive tackle in the offseason, hauled in four passes for 45 yards to lead the Chiefs' receiving attack. It was the best offensive performance by a Chiefs' tight end this season.
Frustration Mounts As Pats Fall To .500 from The Toronto Sun
From a logical standpoint, why would Kansas City Chiefs management want to offer general manager Scott Pioli a contract extension?
After all, his underachieving team is 1-5 and has been humiliated on multiple instances this season, including Sunday's 38-10 spanking at the hands of the 2-3 Buccaneers in Tampa.
Earlier in the day, CBS suggested the Chiefs had offered Pioli a two-year extension, a report that the Kansas City Star later insisted was erroneous.
NFL Pregame Show Week 6 Sound Bites: NBC's 'Football Night In America' from The Schenectady Daily Gazette
Peter King: "The Kansas City Chiefs were reported earlier today to have made a two year contract extension offer to embattled General Manager Scott Pioli. The Kansas City Star debunked this report a couple of hours ago and I can confirm this debunking. It's not true. Pioli has not been offered a contract extension by the Kansas City Chiefs."
Postgame Analysis: Bucs 38, Chiefs 10 from CBS Sports
Different quarterback, same nauseating song and dance.
Kansas City fans wanted Brady Quinn, and they got their wish. The result felt eerily similar -- a 38-10 loss at Tampa Bay that included a comedy of errors, more conservative play-calling and the obligatory turnovers.
KC Star Photo Gallery: Buccaneers 38, Chiefs 10
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