Last year there were a lot of close losses that could have easily been won with a few more quality players. That is another reason i believe the chiefs are not far away from being a playoff team again! To all the people that say it will be a long time before anything good happens, I'll have to strongly disagree, due to many reason, including the 'close losses'.
Just wanted to remind everyone of this before they start worrying about the productivity of the team if they don't like the draft choices so far.
Week 1 - Ravens (lost by 14)
Week 2 - Oakland (lost by 3)
Week 3 - Eagles (lost by 20)
Week 4 - Giants (lost by 11)
Week 5 - Cowboys (lost by 6)
Week 7 - Chargers (lost by 30)
Week 9 - Jacksonville (lost by 3)
Week 12 - Charger (lost by 29)
Week 13 - Denver (lost by 31)
Week 14 - Buffalo (lost by 6)
Week 15 - Cleveland (lost by 7)
Week 16 - Cincinatti (lost by 7)
Where's all this close loss talk coming from? We lost eight games by a touchdown or more. We lost two others by six and two by 3.
By the way, those four losses within a TD were all to teams who ran the ball and controlled the clock for the win.
I think the point of the thread is simply to point out that there is always positive to be found in negative.
As far as close games...losing a game by one score is considered a close game by many. We did lose several games by a score.
I was at the Oakland opener, and if memory is correct, statistically we won that game, on paper where it counted we lost. I was at the Cleveland game, and I can guarantee there was a bad pass interference call that cost us that game...I saw it with my own eyes.
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There are a lot of reasons this team lost games. We cannot forget that this is a team sport. Yeah we have lost a lot of games by a small amount of points. But you have to look at those opportunities that were blown.
We had many times when our offensive line broke down and Cassel was sacked or threw the ball away. There was a couple of games were he was pressured to throw an interception. That is what happens when your offensive line sucks. Every team knows that young inexperienced QBs will do that.
There are also many of times where the defense blew coverage and allowed a long gain. Or worse, they were caught on a running play and they allowed that extra seven points that we needed to win the game.
The point of thread is well taken. With a couple of key players in some key positions, those games get turned around. It is tough for a team to lose all the time, but lets hope the losing mentality is gone this year.
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