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The Chiefs have plenty of company in the dregs of the NFL. Seven other teams are 1-3. Two are 0-4.
A loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium would most assuredly knock the Chiefs from playoff contention nearly a month before Halloween. The players know it.
"We finished 1-3 in September," Chiefs cornerback Stanford Routt said. "October definitely can't be like that, or else we're going to be at home in January."
Chiefs Must Win Back The Fans from KC Star
It's one thing to be bad, but it's quite another to be disliked by fans. It's one thing to lose games, but it's quite another to be without apparent hope. It's one thing to be blown out, but it's quite another to do it while wasting the primes of careers of players who shouldn't be this collectively bad.
This season was a referendum on general manager Scott Pioli from the beginning, and the early returns could not be worse. The quarterback he handpicked and stuck with has 10 turnovers in four games. The head coach he promoted and allowed to juggle duties as defensive coordinator appears over his head.
The Chiefs have not led for a single second of game action this season, and have trailed for 204 of a possible 249 minutes - by at least 18 points in all four games.
Chiefs Release Mattison; Elevate Thorpe To 53-Man Roster from The Mothership
Chiefs-Ravens Scouting Report from KC Star
Six turnovers will make any team appear worse than it really is. The problem for the Chiefs is that even when they aren't turning it over, they haven't shown they're capable of beating a team like the Ravens. Even putting aside his many turnovers, Cassel isn't playing well enough for the Chiefs to be consistently offensively. On the other side of the ball, even when the Chiefs aren't having to defend a short field after a turnover, they're mostly mush. So this game has the look, once again, of one that will get away from the Chiefs early.
Prediction: Ravens 34, Chiefs 17
Matt Cassel The Culprit Of Kansas City's Turnovers from NFL.com
With an NFL-worst 15 turnovers, the Chiefs have watched their gaffes materialize into 58 points for opponents. At the heart of this is quarterback Matt Cassel, who is regressing before our eyes and might need a big game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday to keep his starting job.
Cassel tossed three interceptions and completed just 53.1 percent of his passes in last week's loss to the San Diego Chargers, who barely rushed him. The Ravens won't go as easy on Cassel. This isn't Baltimore's finest defense, but Cassel has made it simple for opponents. His seven picks are second only to Tony Romo, who imploded with five interceptions against the Chicago Bears on Monday night.
Fantasy Football: Ravens vs. Chiefs, Start 'Em Or Sit 'Em Week 5 from Examiner.com
Jon Baldwin - SIT - The Chiefs want Jon Baldwin to replace Bowe in 2013, but he has not proven in 2012 to be a quality No. 1 NFL receiver. He hasn't scored a touchdown yet this season and has not broken double digits in fantasy either. Ignore him this week.
Three Chiefs Players To Keep An Eye On from The Carroll County Times
WR Dwayne Bowe - A unique blend of size, physicality and athleticism, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Bowe is quarterback Matt Cassel's unquestioned top target in the Chiefs' passing game. Bowe leads the Kansas City in catches (25), yards (349) and touchdown catches (3). He has been targeted more than twice as much as any other Chiefs pass catcher. Kansas City's first round pick in the 2007 NFL draft, Bowe recorded 995 yards or more during four of his first five NFL seasons. He had a career-high 15 scoring catches in 2010.
Jayhawk-Wildcat Report from KC Star
Special guests at Saturday's game included former K-State quarterback Michael Bishop and "Modern Family" actor Eric Stonestreet, a K-State alumnus who participated in the coin toss.... Four NFL scouts attended the game, including two from the Kansas City Chiefs.
Chiefs Threatening All-Time NFL Turnover Records from ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs haven't just been bad in the turnover department this season. They've been historically bad.
With 15 turnovers so far this season - eight lost fumbles and seven interceptions - Kansas City is on pace to turn the ball over 60 times.
After 10 days of rest, the Baltimore Ravens will travel to Kansas City to battle the Chiefs. The extra rest has paid off for Baltimore as their injury report is as thin as ever. The Chiefs however, appear to be a little banged up as they prepare for the Week Five showdown. Here's a rundown of who may be a bit nicked up heading into this game.
Reed Takes Defense Under His Wing from CSN Washington
"Ed is playing great on the field, but he's better, right now, at his preparation, getting us prepared. He is teaching us some things that we've never learned before about film watching, studying the other team," cornerback Lardarius Webb said. "He is Hall of Fame at that right now. That's what he is showing us -- how to prepare for these guys. We just have our ears open and are trying to learn from the greatness."
Going into Sunday's game at the Kansas City Chiefs, Reed could add to it. Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is prone to turnovers as he has accounted for 10 of his team's NFL-high 15.
Chiefs Women's Organization: Under The Sea from The Mothership
For the second time in seven days the Chiefs Women's Organization was out and about serving the Kingdom. Last week, the CWO filled backpacks with food for local children to take home on the weekends to combat hunger. This week, the CWO visited the Sea Life Aquarium with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City.
NFL: Patriots Are Into Stevan Ridley For Long Haul from The Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Of their 12 remaining games, the Browns might be favored in two. Best chances for a win - or wins, if you're optimistic - are during a trip to Indianapolis in late October and when the Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins visit Cleveland on successive Sundays in mid-December.
The Browns have lost 10 straight and 13 of 14 dating to last year. The league record is held by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who debuted in 1976 and dropped the first 26 games in franchise history.
One thing about Brady Quinn, the No. 2? He may not necessarily be terrible. Actually, he's fairly talented. Remember, this is a guy who was a first-round pick in 2007, a guy who did start in Cleveland for a time. Now, he hasn't had much success, but the raw materials are there. And we haven't really seen him in any real capacity in two years. Maybe it's nothing, they use him, he's bad, and it's back to Cassel. But maybe not. The Chiefs shouldn't be beholden to Cassel, and it doesn't sound like they are. For a variety of reasons, that organization needs to start winning.
At least three quarterbacks enter this week facing calls to bench them. However, the coaches making such decisions aren't ready to make a change. But with another bad game this week, who knows what Week 6 will bring. Mark Sanchez, Matt Cassel and Russell Wilson need to play well this week. Pete Carroll said the competition continues at every position and that includes the quarterback. Tim Tebow waits on the sideline in New York (he threw for 308 yards against the Texans in 2010). Apparently, Chiefs fans are going to fly over the stadium Sunday suggesting changes in Kansas City. All three QBs have tough games this week and I truly hope they answer the bell.
Rookie Wright Impressing Despite Mistakes from Pro Football Weekly
There are plenty of things wrong with the Chiefs' defense, but it is receiving a hearty effort from DE Ropati Pitoitua. Although he's battling a sore elbow, Pitoitua has done yeoman's work in replacing Glenn Dorsey and could be considered his replacement if this is Dorsey's final season in Kansas City. Although Pitoitua is perhaps the tallest defender in the NFL, he has done a good job of keeping low and using his reach as an advantage not a weakness.
Ravens Hope Special Teams Return To Form from CSN Washington
Other than the 40-yarder, the Ravens have allowed 7.7 yards per punt return, a significant improvement over the 11.9 average last season. The Ravens rank fifth in kick coverage in 2012, yielding 20.4 yards per return.
They face another major test on Sunday at Kansas City, though, in Javier Arenas.
Arenas, the Chiefs' second-round pick out of Alabama in 2010, ranks sixth in the league in punt return average (13.3). He ranked third in the league last season (12.8) and has averaged 21.0 yards per kick return in his career.
Help Really Wanted from Grantland
When the Chiefs moved to a 3-4 before the 2009 season, they moved former LSU star Glenn Dorsey from defensive tackle to defensive end. They bookended him with fellow LSU product Tyson Jackson, but the Chiefs still had no nose tackle. Today, they still have no nose tackle. After starting with undersize Ron Edwards, KC rotated the virulent Shaun Smith and the veteran Kelly Gregg into and out of the lineup before drafting workout wonder Dontari Poe in the first round this year. They must trust that they can mold Poe into a solid starter, but if you've watched the Chiefs during the first four weeks of the season, you know that has not been the case so far.
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