Wrap-up: Ravens 9, Chiefs 6
October, 7, 2012
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
A look at an offensive offensive outing:
What it means: The Chiefs fell to 1-4 and are quickly becoming a nonfactor in the AFC West.
Cassel era over? Backup quarterback Brady Quinn took over for an injured Matt Cassel (who left with a head injury) in the fourth quarter. This very well may be the opportunity to give Quinn an audition. The Chiefs can let Cassel sit on the bench and recover and let Quinn try to prove he can do the job. Quinn was 3-of-3 for 32 yards and led the Chiefs to half of their points. I don’t see any reason how the Chiefs can go back to Cassel now that Quinn did decently in front of the home crowd. On a day when some fans paid for a plane to fly over the parking lot, urging the team to fire general manager Scott Pioli and bench Cassel, Cassel did nothing to help either his or Pioli’s cause. Cassel was 9-of-15 for 92 yards. He lost a fumble at the goal line and threw two interceptions. The Chiefs looked afraid to let Cassel pass, and when he did, rarely did anything good happen. Both the team and Cassel seemed adversely affected by the anti-Cassel sentiment. The time is now to let him sit and see what Quinn can do. I don’t have much confidence that Quinn can lead the Chiefs to the playoffs, but Cassel is clearly in too big of a funk to help, either.
Turnover time: The Chiefs had four turnovers. That makes 10 in the past two games and 19 on the season.
Bad streaks continue: The Chiefs have not played with the lead all season. They have not scored a touchdown on their opening drive dating back to the start of last season.
Charles thrives: Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles did yeoman’s work Sunday. He finished with 140 yards on 30 carries. He had 125 yards in the first half. The Chiefs wouldn’t have had any offense if it wasn’t for Charles.
Defense improving: For the third straight week, Kansas City’s defense has made strides. It was not the problem Sunday.
What’s next: The Chiefs stumble into Tampa Bay next Sunday before getting a bye.