On Aug. 30, with 2 minutes and 11 seconds to play in the first quarter, the Kansas City Chiefs kicked a 26-yard field goal to take 3-0 lead in their preseason finale against the Packers. With 7:33 left in the second quarter of that contest, Green Bay scored a touchdown to go up 7-3. The Kansas City Chiefs haven’t held an in-game lead since that moment. That’s right: The Chiefs haven’t led in their last 577 minutes and 27 seconds of regular-season action, their only victory—and looking back on it, a miracle victory at that—coming in overtime against the Saints in Week 3.
Take away that 27-24 shocker in New Orleans, and a 9-6 home loss to a sleepwalking Ravens team coming off 10 days of rest after playing four games in 17 days, and here are Kansas City’s results since Week 2 of the preseason (all losses): 31-17, 44-14, 24-3, 40-24, 35-17, 37-20, 38-10, 26-16, 31-13. Average margin of defeat: exactly 18 points per game. Amazing as it might seem, that’s not even the most hideous stat you can peg to the pathetic Chiefs. This is: In nine games this year, they’ve committed 29 turnovers. And QB Matt Cassel has been responsible for 18 of those (11 interceptions, seven lost fumbles). And Cassel has only played in seven games.
Now Cassel’s circus comes to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers, who have won and covered three straight games and whose defense ranks No. 1 in total yards allowed (262.6 per game), No. 1 in passing yards allowed (174) and No. 4 in rushing yards (88.6).Oh, and there’s a 60 percent chance of showers with gusty winds tonight. Oh, and the Steelers’ first-year offensive coordinator is Todd Haley, the former Chiefs head coach who was fired midseason last year — and who still hasn’t been paid the remaining money on his contract by his former employer. (By the way, with Haley on board, Pittsburgh has put up 23 points or more in six of its last seven games.
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