Good morning. Rough loss last night. We have analysis and postgame comments from across the internet in today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.
Todd Haley's blind faith in journeyman quarterback Tyler Palko, a phenomenon puzzling to most Chiefs fans, may have cost the Chiefs a victory Sunday night.
Palko committed four turnovers, three on consecutive offensive plays in the first half and the other with 28 seconds left in the game, which were key plays in the Chiefs' 13-9 loss to Pittsburgh at Arrowhead Stadium.
"We had four turnovers today and three last week," Palko said. "Seven turnovers in two games is unacceptable. We are shooting ourselves in the foot and we are beating ourselves. That is a good defense out there and we were in the game late. It is hard to overcome turnovers. It is unacceptable."
Palko's first career touchdown pass would have likely resulted in his first career win as a starting quarterback. Instead, his third interception of the night sealed the deal on the Pittsburgh 23-yard line with 28 seconds left to play.
The Morning After: Pittsburgh from The Mothership
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KC Star Photo Gallery: Steelers 13, Chiefs 9
Tyler Palko is still a tricycle of a quarterback, the Chiefs' season is still going nowhere, Todd Haley is still working to survive it all, and none of this changes the fact that if you want a single entity to blame, your best target is Scott Pioli.
Because he created this mess.
Or, more accurately: He didn't create enough to avoid this mess.
On the final interception: "On first down with time on the clock, we have to protect the football at all costs and Tyler knows that. We'll review the tape and if there was any chance for Dwayne [Bowe] to make the catch...I thought the kid [Keenan Lewis] made a heck of a catch. There was a little communication issue obviously, between the two of them and we just have to get that straight. We can't have it happen in critical situations like that because that's what ultimately beat us. Everything else aside, we were in a position to win the game."
Todd Haley Postgame Comments from The Mothership
Did you lose your confidence? "There was no loss of confidence. You still have to go out and wing it. The turnovers have to stop. You can't keep beating yourselves. That is what I am doing right now. I am not helping our offensive team. I am not giving them a chance to win right now and that has to stop. I have to get that corrected because our defense is playing well right now. Our offensive line, backs and receivers are doing a good job. We need to get that corrected."
Tyler Palko Postgame Comments from The Mothership
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On the game: "It's a team game - offense, defense, special teams. We didn't hold up on our end. I don't know what the problem is, but we've got to correct it. We've got five more games to go. We've got to correct it."
Chiefs Postgame Player Comments from The Mothership
On Sunday evening at Arrowhead Stadium, the defense kept the Chiefs in the game against one of the NFL's most potent offenses, holding Ben Roethlisberger in check and taking advantage of outstanding secondary play in a 13-9 loss that quarterback Tyler Palko sealed with his third interception in the closing seconds.
"We definitely wanted to make them work for anything that they got," cornerback Travis Daniels said.
Chiefs Defense Does Its Part, But Offense Struggles from KC Star
It's easy to second-guess the decision to keep Orton inactive following a night where Palko threw three interceptions and botched an exchange with center
Casey Wiegmann, but even Orton indicated his past few days have been a whirlwind.
"It's difficult not only trying to learn the offense, but trying to get the timing down with everybody," Orton said.
Though there are similarities between the Chiefs offensive approach and the system Orton played under in Denver, there is still a learning curve for Orton to conquer before he's ready to be a starter or contributor.
Orton Discusses Learning Curve After Chiefs Loss from The Mothership
What are the Chiefs' chances next week?
The Bears are beatable, but it won't be easy to win on the road - particularly with either Orton starting for the first time or Palko remaining in the lineup. Regardless, the team has a chance to steal a win against a decent team, but it'll need to be far better than it was Sunday night.
Kansas City hasn't reached the end zone since the third quarter against Denver three weeks ago, a span of 45 offensive drives -- including the final one Sunday night.
The Chiefs marched across midfield to the Pittsburgh 37 when Palko dropped back to pass. He was looking for Dwayne Bowe but threw it high and behind him, and Keenan Lewis hauled in the interception with 29 seconds left to seal the outcome.
Steelers Defeat Turnover-Prone Chiefs from The Los Angeles Times
The scene inside Arrowhead Stadium felt at times as if the game was being played at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field. Steelers fans outnumbered, or at least seemed to outnumber, the home team's fans.
"It's very disappointing," said Clifford Turner of Parkville.
"It reminds me of the Green Bay game several years ago when the Packers came in here and beat the Chiefs. They basically took over the stadium."
Steelers Fans Paint Arrowhead Stadium Black And Gold from KC Star
This was a valiant try by Kansas City, but ultimately it ended any faint playoff hopes they had left. They have lost four straight games to go to 4-7 and fall three games behind the Raiders.
Palko probably won't get another chance to start for the Chiefs with Kyle Orton in town. We doubt Bowe will wind up back with the Chiefs next year because of plays like the one that ended Sunday night's game.
Steelers Survive Because Of Palko's Four Turnovers from ProFootballTalk
The Pittsburgh Steelers love playing prime-time football. However, it wasn't their prime-time players, but three supporting characters who came up big on Sunday night against the Chiefs.
Backup tight end Weslye Saunders, an undrafted rookie free agent from South Carolina, caught just his third NFL pass and first career touchdown pass in the Steelers' 13-9 victory over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
Unheralded Players Give Steelers Big Lift vs. Chiefs from KC Star
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could sympathize with the rough night endured by Chiefs quarterback Tyler Palko, a native of the Pittsburgh area and former Pittsburgh University star, who fumbled once and threw three interceptions.
"It was tough, especially playing the Steelers," Roethlisberger said. "I didn't think he played bad ... he had a few bad breaks, and our defense played well."
Former Kansas City Chiefs all-pro defensive back Fred "The Hammer" Williamson will serve as honorary chairman of a golf tournament next week that will benefit The Wounded Warrior Project of Palm Springs.
The third annual Wounded Warrior Celebrity Golf Tournament will be held on December 1-2 in Palm Desert and Palm Springs.
Former NFL Player To Head Golf Tournament from Palm Desert Patch
Key matchup: Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe versus Bears cornerback Charles Tillman. If Tillman plays Bowe the way he played Calvin Johnson on Nov. 13, the Bears are golden. If Tillman plays Bowe the way he played Vincent Jackson on Nov. 20, the Chiefs are golden.
Bears Up Next: Chiefs from The Chicago Tribune