“I don’t know if it’s a must-win, but we’ll look at it as a must-win because we want to win it,” Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said Monday. “We won’t fall off the Earth if we lose, but I won’t tell them that because I want there to be a sense of urgency.”
There’s certainly a sense of urgency.
The Chiefs follow their trip to New Orleans with games against San Diego and Baltimore, two teams looking like contenders, and then visit Tampa Bay before an already useful bye week.
Looking Back: This is far from the first time the Kansas City Chiefs have started the season 0-2. It’s happened six times in the last seven years. The Chiefs belly flopped again in week two, this time giving up 123 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns to C.J. Spiller, and 35 points to the Buffalo Bills. The Chiefs ran themselves over with three turnovers in the game (an interception and a fumble by Matt Cassel, and a fumble by Peyton Hills). The Chiefs found themselves down 35-3 with 3:46 left in the third quarter. That’s why Cassel had 42 pass attempts. Dwayne Bowe led the team in receiving with 8 catches for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns, but it was too little too late.
Think about it. How many of your friends believe the Chiefs will turn it around? How many trust the organization will put in the work and write the checks and make the sacrifices to hold off what feels like a disastrous season? How many outside the Chiefs’ offices are saying the current alarm is misplaced or premature?
In the 24 hours or so after the Chiefs embarrassed themselves in Buffalo, and colleague Kent Babb and I each wrote scathing takedowns in return, I heard exactly one fan stand up for the team. Kent says he heard from two. That’s out of hundreds of emails and Tweets we received from people who love the Chiefs and no longer feel the love back.