If he succeeds, it'll darken the already murky waters on what the Chiefs should do at quarterback next season: re-sign Orton to be their starter, give Cassel another chance, or select a quarterback early in the draft.
If Orton becomes the starter and fails, the Chiefs will have wasted $2.6 million and kept Palko and Stanzi on the bench instead of letting them develop.
In the end, the Chiefs, who started the week with $27.4 million in available salary-cap space, decided to go for it. Part of the reason, indeed, was depth.
Today, I wanted to let our readers know how Jon Baldwin feels about playing the Steelers.
I wanted to give Baldwin the chance to tell readers of his hometown newspaper all about his rookie season with the Kansas City Chiefs...
...But it appears that Baldwin's psyche is so fragile that neither he nor the Chiefs' media relations department will cooperate with the media.
Sounds Of Silence From Baldwin from The Beaver County Times
Today: Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 39. North northwest wind between 9 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 24. North northwest wind between 5 and 8 mph becoming calm.
Game Day Forecast from The National Weather Service
Like last week, there's not much reason to think the Chiefs can keep up. Nothing on offense or defense works well enough from week to week for them to think they can compete with one of the NFL's best teams. Unlike last week against New England, they don't figure to need to score a lot of points in order to win. But they'll need much more than the five points they've averaged over the past three games.Prediction: Steelers 24, Chiefs 10
Scouting Report: Steelers at Chiefs from KC Star
For four decades, the Chiefs have been buoyed by a storied past -- including an upset of the heavily favored Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV. The Chiefs last advanced to the AFC title game in 1994, but they are more aptly identified with the 70s - a stylish era defined by disco and Elmo Wright's flashy touchdown dance.
Still, a year ago, Haley appeared to usher in a new era in Kansas City.
Chiefs Living On A Prayer from The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
And even if Kansas City finds a way to get by Pittsburgh (and that's a long shot), their schedule is the league's toughest for the final month of the season: at the Bears, at the Jets, Packers, Raiders, at the Broncos.
So even if Orton plays like it's 2010, where he ranked 12th in Football Outsiders' QB efficiency metrics (3,653 passing yards, 20 TDs, 9 INTs) -- which put him just ahead of Michael Vick, Cassel and Eli Manning -- it won't be enough to get the Chiefs back to the playoffs.
There's A Chance Orton Is Inactive vs. Steelers from CBS Sports
Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace, who is second in the AFC with 922 receiving yards, and Chiefs safety Kendrick Lewis, who is second on the team with three interceptions, were more than teammates at the University of Mississippi. They have known each other since they attended O. Perry Walker High School together.
Steelers WR Mike Wallace, Chiefs S Kendrick Lewis To Share Reunion from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Orton should be able to pick up the offense quickly, and I believe he'll be the starter in a week or two. This will put him in the lineup for the final game of the regular season when the Chiefs travel to Denver to take on the Broncos. Bad blood should be the theme of the day as Orton takes on his former team.
Orton has some quality weapons in Kansas City, such as wide receivers Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin.
Fantasy Report: Interceptions Are Costly To Rivers from The Denver Post
Modern Family funny-man Eric Stonestreet (Cam) was spotted at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro Monday night rooting for his hometown team the Kansas City Chiefs. Stonestreet spent the Thanksgiving holiday in the Bay State with his wife's family in Dudley, MA. Stonestreet is married to Broadway actress Katherine Tokarz.