Sometimes, though, it’s true. The Chiefs showed in a 17-10 loss to a bad Denver Broncos team Sunday that their offense is broken — and that most everyone truly was to blame. It wasn’t because quarterback Matt Cassel had a poor outing, although that was part of it. It wasn’t because the offensive line has again shown that it is flawed, allowing four sacks — that’s nine in the last two games, both home losses — and forcing Cassel to scramble far too often. And it wasn’t because the Chiefs’ wide receivers dropped several passes, or because the team lacks a reliable running back.
Yes, Johnson said, this 17-10 loss might sting for a while.
“We let one slip away,” Johnson said. “And that’s hard. In the NFL, you can’t let any slip away, because winning is hard every week. I don’t care who you play; you’ve got to win whenever you get a chance to. Losing two home games, this game hurts more than the last, I think.”
Tyler Palko replaced Cassel for the Chiefs’ final possession and gave them a spark. They kicked a field goal on third down with 7 seconds left in hopes of recovering the ensuing onside kick and trying a desperate heave into the end zone, but Denver recovered the kick.
“You hope Matt’s OK,” Palko said. “You don’t want to get it under those circumstances. But this is football, and you’ve got to be ready to go.
“Anytime you play, anytime you can get more experience, it’s always good. You’ve just got to take advantage of those (snaps).”