Wrap-up: Lions 48, Chiefs 3

September, 18, 2011
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Some thoughts on the Chiefs' 48-3 loss to the Lions:

What it means: The Chiefs are terrible. Sorry folks, I usually try to stress patience, but this season is already getting away from the Chiefs, who were beaten 41-7 last week at home by Buffalo. Considering the injuries -- star running back Jamaal Charles suffered a potentially serious leg injury Sunday -- and the way the Chiefs have played, I can’t imagine them being a factor in the AFC West. Dating back to the final game of last season and in the playoffs, Kansas City has been outscored, 150-27.

Tomorrow’s talker: Will Todd Haley survive Monday? It’s amazing to think that a coach who went a surprise 10-6 to win the AFC West and who received some coach of the year consideration is on the hot seat. But Haley may just be there. The Chiefs look terrible. General manager Scott Pioli doesn’t mess around. It’s not out of the question Haley gets the axe.

Hold your breath: Charles’ injury doesn’t look good. We likely won’t know more until Monday. The Chiefs can’t afford to hear any more terrible news when it comes to injuries. They already lost star safety Eric Berry and standout tight end Tony Moeaki to season-ending knee injuries in the past two weeks. This would be another brutal blow for a team that is reeling.

Missing Charlie? We must beg the question: Would this be happening if Charlie Weis was still the offensive coordinator in Kansas City? The Chiefs’ offense has fallen off a cliff since it was announced Weis would leave for the University of Florida before Week 17 last year. Quarterback Matt Cassel looks out of sorts and the play calling of offensive coordinator Bill Muir hasn’t worked so far. There are a lot of problem in Kansas City right now, but the loss of Weis may be near the top of the list.

What’s next: The Chiefs have another tough test. They go to San Diego in Week 3.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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