Sunday, September 30, 2012
Chiefs continue to dig first-quarter hole
By Bill Williamson
KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Chiefs' first-quarter woes continued Sunday in a bad, bad way.
Any momentum Kansas City built with its overtime win at New Orleans last week disappeared quickly as the Chargers took a 17-0 lead in the first quarter.
It continued the Chiefs’ disastrous ways in the first quarter. They have been outscored by 77 points in the first quarter this season. It is, by far, the worst first-quarter point differential in the NFL this season.
They didn’t score a touchdown on their first possession all of last season and have continued that trend in their first four games this season.
Kansas City was sloppy on offense Sunday to fuel the Chargers’ big lead. Quarterback Matt Cassel was intercepted by San Diego safety Eric Weddle to set up a field goal, and then running back Jamaal Charles fumbled at the Chiefs’ 5-yard line to set up a San Diego touchdown.
The Chiefs showed last week that they can come back as they rallied from a 24-6 deficit to win 27-24. But this is not a preferred way of life in the NFL.