Sunday, November 18, 2012
Wrap-up: Bengals 28, Chiefs 6
By Bill Williamson
My thoughts on the Cincinnati Bengals' 28-6 win at the Kansas City Chiefs:
What it means: The Chiefs could not keep up their momentum after a competitive overtime loss at Pittsburgh on Monday night. The Bengals had their way with the home team. The Chiefs are now 1-9, tying their worst start in team history.
Quinn takes over: Brady Quinn came in the game in the second half and I’m sure he will start for the rest of the season if he is healthy. Matt Cassel may never play in a Kansas City uniform again. Quinn was named the permanent starter prior to Week 8, but he missed the past two games because of a concussion and he didn’t start against the Bengals as a precaution. Cassel was ineffective as he completed 8-of-16 passes for 93 yards. Quinn completed 9 of 14 passes for 95 yards.
Getting ugly: This may be another nail in the coffin for general manager Scott Pioli and first-year coach Romeo Crennel. Getting blown out at home by an average team will not help quiet this restless fan base. The Chiefs are 0-5 at home and have been outscored by 68 points at Arrowhead Stadium this season. Many fans wore black Sunday to express their displeasure. The outcome of the game didn’t help the atmosphere. Ownership may have no choice but to clean house.
Crennel keeps promise: He said he’d bench players who made bad mistakes. Running back Peyton Hillis lost a fumble and he didn't carry the ball again Sunday. The Chiefs lead the NFL with 31 turnovers.
Lead wasted: After not leading for the first eight games of the season, the Chiefs have enjoyed a lead in the past two games. Sunday’s lead was brief. Kansas City led 3-0 in the first quarter before the Bengals jumped out to a 21-3 lead in the second quarter.
Injuries pile up: The Chiefs have been battered all season and it is not getting better. Top receiver Dwayne Bowe went out with a neck injury and left tackle Branden Albert left the game with a back inquiry. He joined fellow starting linemen Ryan Lilja and Jon Asamoah out with an injury.
What is next: Kansas City hosts Denver on Sunday in the team’s first meeting of the season.