The Chiefs have lost five out of their last six games and have looked hopeless at times. Is there enough time to turn things around?
“No,” he said. “That’s not where I’m at right now. There’s a couple other things that I’ve got to take care of.”
All of a sudden, it’s entirely reasonable to wonder whether the Chiefs (6-5) even can hold on to the AFC West as the Los Angeles Chargers (5-6) lurk just a game behind despite starting 0-4. The Oakland Raiders are also just a game back after beating Denver on Sunday.
At least no one can say they’re being set up for more playoff heartbreak any more.
Expect something worth seeing in the postseason at your own peril.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith commented on the 16-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills, the team’s fifth loss in six games.
The division might come down to consecutive games against the top contenders at Arrowhead Stadium, the Raiders on Dec. 10 and the Chargers on Dec. 16. With a game at the New York Jets next Sunday, who knows where the Chiefs will stand when the showdowns approach. The Chiefs have won at the Chargers and lost at Oakland.
As for the latter question … while I think Smith will again start Sunday against the Jets, I do think –– if a change is being considered –– it would make sense for Mahomes to get some playing time prior to the Chiefs’ home showdown against the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 10.
This defeat was so crushing that both tight end Travis Kelce and cornerback Marcus Peters left the locker room before reporters ever arrived to ask questions after the game. Given that both players are reliably outspoken, particularly when frustrated, that probably was the best outcome for a team that is trying its best to stay the course. The last thing head coach Andy Reid wants to hear is a star player erupting at a time when his team's season is careening off the rails.
“Certainly frustrated, for sure,” he said. “And a little shocked there, no doubt.”
“I’ve been in this league long enough, and I’ve been in worse situations than this honestly,” Johnson said. “You don’t point fingers. You can strike a better blow if you curl up your fingers and get tight.”
Smith is playing better than he was when Jim Harbaugh benched him for Colin Kaepernick in the middle of the 49ers’ 2012 season—his ability to throw deep balls has slightly improved—but everything that the Chiefs were doing right in the first portion of the season has vanished. They’re not running the ball well, they’re not giving Smith protection, and their receivers have suffered injuries. In these conditions, there’s very little that a quarterback of Smith’s talent can give them.
Rushing defense: Entering the game, the Bills’ run offense ranked 11th in the NFL with an average of 118.4 yards per contest. The Bills rushed 37 times for 104 yards and zero touchdowns, and running back LeSean McCoy finished with 49 yards and zero touchdowns in 22 carries –– a meager average of 2.2 yards per carry. All things considered, the Chiefs did a great job against the run Sunday … but I don’t give “A’s” in losses, because when you lose, everyone needs to be better. Period.
“Just man up,” Hill said when asked of coach Andy Reid’s message to his team in the halftime locker room. “I feel like as an offense we have to step up and block — not only the offensive linemen but the receivers included in that. Everybody has to do their job for Kareem to do his.”
"That’s my responsibility when the offense starts that slow," Reid said. “We couldn’t get much rhythm going until the second half, and then we got a little going. Again, I’ll take responsibility for that.