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Chiefs Vs. Chargers: Live Blog/Game Thread


The Kansas City Chiefs are just about to take the field against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday Night Football.

By now you know all the storylines. The Chiefs are a disaster. They can’t stop turning the ball over. Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel are on thin ice.

The Chargers have lost three straight and are underachieving once again. Their head coach, Norv Turner is also in danger of losing his job. In fact, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune has stated that he believes if the Chargers lose to the Chiefs tonight that Turner will be fired tomorrow.

For me, this is my last Chiefs game as a bachelor. The next time the Chiefs take the field, I’ll be in Mexico on my honeymoon. Change is in the air.

I’ll be live blogging throughout the game so keep an eye on this post. In the comments, as always, we’ll have our live thread.

What’s everyone drinking tonight? I’m finishing off the last of this seasons Smuttynose Pumpkin beer.

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  • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

    Final predictions?

    • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

      KC 6 – SD 23
      KC will extend the “No TD on first drive” to 26 games.
      KC will extend the “no lead” to 8 games.

    • Lyle Graversen

      Sigh
      SD 27
      KC 13

      • Lyle Graversen

        and I think SD stinks

    • Miles Yi

      Chiefs 85-0. The Chiefs score 12 touchdowns, then opt for the two point conversion on their last score.

    • Brandon Mecham

      45-12 chargers. I’ll add 6 turnovers on that.

  • Lyle Graversen

    No NFL Network for me, I’ll have to get the gory details from good old Mitch and Lenny.

  • Lyle Graversen

    So did the NFL Network pregame lay into Romeo and Pioli at all for how bad the Chiefs have been this year?

  • Guest

    Eric berry can’t cover anybody!!

    • tm1946

      Could be he has not fully recovered from injury, some good athletes are never the same.

  • Lyle Graversen

    You know, that opening SD drive almost seemed like their coaches designed plays to attack our weaknesses. I wonder what that would be like?

  • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

    Well that was depressing.

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    I caught the last part of the pregame and they were talking about how bad SD was and how Norv’s job might be on the line. I kept thinking “We’re way worse than SD. You should be talking about us”

  • Steve

    A bad snap are you serious how could our All-Pro center have a bad snap

    • tm1946

      Who we talking about, Lilja is a guard. Hudson was the only center on roster, Piolis felt we had no need for two.

  • Miles Yi

    Why is Copper in at WR?

    • Danny W

      Because he’s Terry Copper dude!

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    Romeo looks lost looking at his cards.

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    These announcers are horrible. On the long pass play by SD they said “Chargers are saying it’s incomplete, but the refs are saying complete” (meant to say Chiefs)

    On DMCs first down, they say “It will be hard to see if this is a first down” AS the Ref was signalling “move the sticks.”

  • tm1946

    Another miss by Baldwin, HE STILL DOES NOT RUN ROUTS notice Cassel seemed a bit anamated after trhe miss.

    • Danny W

      Which time the last pass was to McCluster.

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    I like seeing Baldwin & Cassel yelling at each other. At least someone in the org cares.

    • Lyle Graversen

      amen to that

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    So will it be penalty, fumble or INT that keeps them out of the end-zone here?

  • Miles Yi

    Jake O’Connell at fullback.

    • tm1946

      No fullbacks on the roster, we got extra TEs

  • Miles Yi

    Seriously. Why Copper?!

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    25 games.

    • Steve

      Plus the drive ended on a turnover that’s like a double bonus

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    More bad announcing “It[the turnover] doesn’t matter, they would have turned it over on downs anyway” — It was 3rd down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.pennell.75 James Pennell

    I hope my heart can stand this game. Guess I should take a baby aspirin and drink a beer.

  • Lyle Graversen

    Not covering Gates, not having a lead, turning the ball over. Chiefs football, at least they’re consistent!

  • Bigchief

    These announcers suck

    • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

      Horrible. Absolutely horrible. “Matthews tackled himself there. Arenas hit his leg.” Which is it?

    • Lyle Graversen

      Len Dawson is cracking me up on the radio broadcast. You can just hear the disgust in his voice.

      Mitch: “A fight breaks out after the play.”
      Len: “Why?!?! They’re still getting NO pressure on Rivers!”

  • Danny W

    Is that Denarius Alexander from Mizzou?

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    Allen just went into the lockerroom.

    • Danny W

      He walked in there pretty quickly maybe it was just an equipment issue.

      • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

        Saying now possible concussion.

        • Danny W

          Sounds like this season just keeps getting worse.

  • Steve

    Would the Chiefs be smart enough to draft Matt Barkley or stupid enough to draft Geno Smith

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Depends on who the new GM is I guess.

      • tm1946

        Assuming there is a change at GM or HC or QB, More like hope than the reality of it all.

    • Lyle Graversen

      Its such a Chiefs thing to do to be the worst team in the NFL in a season where there is no true franchise QB in the draft.

      • http://twitter.com/aharp31 Big Jim

        I think you are wrong Lyle. There are several potential franchise QB’s in the next draft

        • Lyle Graversen

          Yeah but you don’t want a “potential” franchise QB with the first overall pick, you want a guy you are 100% sold on. I think there are some guys that COULD be good, but they all have some serious flaws or worries for a 1st overall pick.

  • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

    The defense is shameful.

    • Danny W

      Not playing inspired football thats for sure.

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    Our kick returners are idiots. They run 25-27 yards and don’t get back to the 20. Take a knee and pick up 3 yards. Don’t play smart.

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    Good drive first time out, so Daboll will change it up here.

  • Danny W

    Cassel showed some balls there.

    • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

      He has that same run about once every 2 or 3 games. It’s what makes me wish he was a better passer.

      • Danny W

        I don’t know how a guy can’t work on a skill over and over again and not get better. Apparently Cassel just doesn’t have that capability when it comes to throwing a football. It’s sad and it sucks to have been stuck with him for this long.

  • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

    Cassel has some stones. I’d pee myself before I lowered my head against a linebacker in the open field.

    • http://twitter.com/aharp31 Big Jim

      He does not have stones. He is just that stupid!

    • sidibeke

      Dude played 4 days after an appendectomy. You know he does. If only he was good, too.

  • Lyle Graversen

    I have never rooted for the Chiefs to lose during a game before tonight. I am now officially hoping that KC just gets clowned tonight in front of a national TV audience so that maybe Clark will get shamed into firing someone tomorrow. The breaking of a homer continues.

    • http://twitter.com/aharp31 Big Jim

      Now that makes perfect sense!

      • Lyle Graversen

        Oh who am I kidding, as soon as they flash a couple big plays I’m back to pulling for them. I just can’t quit you Chiefs!!!!!!!

  • Luke Altenhofen

    At least Cassel is playing well…for now.

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    “Probably lost a couple yards. He picked up three.” — NFL Network announcers.

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    Ejectoins coming. 3 Flags

  • Lyle Graversen

    Does this game feel like the MNF meltdown game right before Marty got fired to anyone else?

    • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

      If it means someone grabbing & twisting Sharpe’s facemask again, I’m all for it.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    lyle, has the pork chop been buried for good?

    • Lyle Graversen

      Not for good, but until they show me they’ll do something to change this dumpster fire.

  • ladner morse

    Chiefs have got em right where they want em.

  • BurtGummer44

    Defense looks like crap, might be the worst secondary in the NFL.

  • gjrchief

    not a single ref saw any unsportsmanship from a san diego player on that play!? Really? Are the replacement refs still available?

    • Jesse Hollandworth

      Seriously!

  • KCtitleist11

    rivers is having a hell of a game

  • Danny W

    Well Glenn, I had high hopes for you when we drafted you son but I’m afraid this is the last game we will see you in red and gold. Good luck.

    • Lyle Graversen

      Sad but true. Also, sad but true is that the FA guy we signed off the street (Pitoitua) that will replace him is probably better.

      • Danny W

        Oh no doubt he’s better than Dorsey, he’s done more than Jackson, and Dorsey in his short time here than they both have in the last four. Shaun Smith was better than them both too but he’s not the right 53. Is it just me or is Discus running like crap tonight?

        • tm1946

          Discus has been bad for last two games, Just stops working.

          • Danny W

            Must be having server issues.

      • Steve

        Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson Don Poe
        all first-round picks can you think of the bigger collection of crap than that

        • Danny W

          Jackson should be on the top ten bust list’s on the NFL network. He went number three overall.

  • Danny W

    Berry with his first of the year, better late than never I guess.

  • Steve

    You have to feel good for Eric Berry

    • Lyle Graversen

      Man I hope that guy eventually comes back and becomes the guy we all thought he would be when we drafted him.

  • Lyle Graversen

    Question for those watching on TV, was Berry in man coverage on his INT or was he dropped back in zone?

    • Danny W

      I couldn’t tell it looked like man to me Lyle or Pork chop?

      • Lyle Graversen

        KCPorkchop was my user name over at AP before I took a writing job here at AA. I was known for my overly positive posts over there.

        • Danny W

          Right on man. I go over to AP from time to time.

    • Steve

      He was in man coverage

  • gjrchief

    I’m getting that feeling that we are going to pull this one out. Chargers are going to get Norved. Rivers is going to melt down, and Cassel will play for his job in the second half.

    • Danny W

      Cassel has played his way out of a job along long time ago.

      • gjrchief

        In order for that to be true Quinn or Stanzi would have to play better… I think he has a chance to start games for this team this year, just has to convince he is the best alternative. No mater how pissy fans get, these guys, coaches and players, are paid to try and win every game. If Cassel gives us a better chance to win he should start.

        • Danny W

          Winning!!!

          • gjrchief

            I believe in honor, I would stop being a fan if the team would throw in the towel as easily as some “fans” do.

          • Danny W

            I think I earned some honor when I served my country as US Marine Sir. I was a machine gunner out of high school in 2001, not some pogue out there sun bathing, so call it honor to blow your team while I’m a realist as we sit at 1-6 with the worst football team in America and call yourself a big bad honorable dude okay? “fans” I fought for this country so you could be a fan Sir. I will route for the losers how I wish because I earned the right to free speech. So beat your chest and feel pride for routing on some losers and judge someone else behind your computer and think your better I don’t give a shit.

          • gjrchief

            Thank you for your service. Not sure what it has to do with anything I said. But I sincerely appreciate it. Talking about players playing for honor… Not giving up, never saying quit… I find that to be honorable. I can appreciate a hard fought loss, if it was hard fought. Some things are more important to me then “winning.” Winning through cheating is not honorable…. I would rather loss with dignity. Thats my porogative as a fan. You may root as you feel. I have never said anything about how you root for them, only how I do.

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    so does cassel turn it over on the first snap again?

  • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

    What do you think, gents? We have a chance?

    • Danny W

      Is it going to snow in hell later?

    • gjrchief

      absolutely…. I still stand by my prediction of 31 – 24 KC

    • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

      Don’t know, but it would be funny for KC to win on the last play of the game again, just so they could go 8 games w/o a lead.

      • Danny W

        lol

  • Danny W

    Is Arenas injured or has he lost his job as the kick returner?

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    mmmmm a body slam after the whistle should be a flag.

  • Danny W

    San Diego is doing a bunch of extra crap and the refs don’t give two shits.

    • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

      Like Herm used to say, KC isn’t good enough to get those calls.

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    Oh my…pick up a turnover

  • KCtitleist11

    i like the aggression of taking a shot downfield on first down

  • Steve

    Here’s the bigger question folks. Andy Reid ,Rex Ryan, Romeo Crennel who would win in a three-way sumo wrestling match?

    • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

      Rex, Andy then Romeo. Romeo is just too nice.

      • Danny W

        Romeo just wants a hug and a sandwich.

  • Lyle Graversen

    This game is not about either team “winning” its about who wants to lose it more.

    • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

      I’ll take the Chiefs in a contest like that. No one beats our desire not to win.

      • Lyle Graversen

        I don’t know man, Norv and Phyllis can melt down like the best of them. I mean, who fumbles a snap when all you have to do is run the clock out?

  • Miles Yi

    We really need to fire our defensive coordinator.

  • tm1946

    Got to say, SD looks about as bad a team as I can recall. They have no running game, forgot to throw to Gates, defense rushes but applies little pressure. Guess Manning and Denver rule in the AFC West.

  • Danny W

    What do you know we have a world class running back on our team!?

  • http://twitter.com/aharp31 Big Jim

    Starting to get the running game going

    • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

      Yup, time to start passing now.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    I missed most of the first half. what happened to jeff allen? will he be out long?

    • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

      Concussion. But they never showed it.

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    One thing I just noticed…no delay of game penalties yet tonight, and for the most part it hasn’t been close. Seems like there are usually one or two of those early on.

  • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

    Can someone please tell me why the penalty was called on us when Winston moved because of the SD player moving into the neutral zone?

    • Danny W

      He didn’t get into the zone, at least it didn’t look like it on tv.

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    KC is, amazingly, dead even in the turnover battle.

  • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

    Drive stalled as soon as they stopped giving the rock to JC

  • http://twitter.com/aharp31 Big Jim

    Not to worry though. We will find a way to lose this one too!

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    hard to win when you can’t score touchdowns in the red zone.

    • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

      Or out of the red zone. Or really in any way except intercepting a pass from a scrambling punter or in garbage time.

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    SD understands how to hand the ball off to their RB.

  • Danny W

    How bout that Chiefs defense. Is it me or is the head coach the D coordinator? Pray tell this is his last game as our signal caller and HC.

  • Danny W

    Close line’m Don Steve. Tear his face off man.

  • tm1946

    Stephenson seem to be a loose cannon sometimes.

    • Danny W

      thats okay with me, if were going to lose may as well lose hard and mean.

      • tm1946

        Nothing wrong with mean but you have to be smart also. Stephenson will learn, at least I hope so.

  • BurtGummer44

    Not losing by 17 pts is considered a victory in the Pioli era.

    • Danny W

      Sad but true.

    • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

      How about losing by 18?

  • Guest

    Cassel finally scored a touchdown!!!

    • tm1946

      Cassel may have fumbled but Stephenson let a DLineman get thru.

  • Danny W

    Well there is your blow out folks.

  • BurtGummer44

    We found a new and more creative way to lose by 17 or more! Pioli must be proud of his boys!

    • Danny W

      New ways to suck it’s why I keep watching, its pretty funny really.

  • Danny W

    Has Pioli and Crennel been fired yet?

  • Lyle Graversen

    Memo from Chiefs PR:

    “Sorry for the delay, we had to run to HyVee for some more lighter fluid. The dumpster fire is now back and burning at full strength.”

    • Danny W

      It’s a great big dumpster fire with lighter fluid.

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    Time for Charles to take a rest on the sideline

  • Danny W

    Whose left on the roster to fill in for Albert? Is Mimms active?

  • BurtGummer44

    Could this Chiefs team beat Alabama? K-State? I know one thing I wouldn’t bet against Snyder (or Saban) head to head against the Pioli/Crennel brain trust.

  • Chiefswatch

    My directv stopped working today because of the dish and thankfully i am not watching this game. I just figured out it was streaming audio online and tuned in to hear dipshit fumbled the ball again. haha could he could be any more detrimental to the team

    • BurtGummer44

      You’ve probably seen this game before, same results different day.

    • tm1946

      You are one lucky Chiefs fan. From bad to joke.
      Just think, you may be back by the MNF game against the Steelers, I expect to go from joke to full blown butt kicking.

  • Danny W

    Helmet to helmet on our best player and no effing flag, thats just bs man.

    • http://twitter.com/exaybachay01 adrian torres

      My thought as well, here we have commercials about protecting the players, and several helmet to helmet (with defenders lowering their heads) collisions, and no flags…..if everyone gets hurt, can we effectively forfeit the rest of the season, or is that only relegated to teams with Dignity?

      • Danny W

        I think in a way Crennel already has forfeited the rest of the games. I can’t believe he will be the head coach next week for Monday night football.

    • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

      There are NEVER flags for helmet to helmet on a runner. If a QB leaves the pocket & runs, no helmet-to-helmet. If WR catches ball and is running down the field, no helmet to helmet.

      It’s been that way from day 1.

      They’ve never cared about protecting player safety, they’ve only been concerned about appearing to look like they cared. If they really cared they’d change the helmets and a whole other list of changes.

  • BurtGummer44

    Hey, lets get Charles killed while we’re at it!

  • Danny W

    Any Matt Cassel apologist left? If there are any you need to be on medication.

    • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

      That INT wasn’t on him.

      • Danny W

        Not totally but it wasn’t that accurate either. I would say it’s 50-50

  • BurtGummer44

    Another Pioli era BLOWOUT!

    • Danny W

      You’d think he would have been gone by now.

  • Danny W

    WoooooooooW this team blows.

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    KC might have saved Norv’s season.

  • BurtGummer44

    8 games without a lead! That’s gotta be a world record.

    • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

      Pretty sure it is. Because to go 7 games w/o lead had to go back to 1929. NFL is only 9 years older than that.

      • tm1946

        Wasn’t the forward pass illegal in 1929

        • Danny W

          Yes it was runs and runs only.

  • Brandon Mecham

    My prediction of 45-12 with 6 turnovers isn’t looking far off

  • http://twitter.com/aharp31 Big Jim

    Put fuckin Stanzi in so he can throw some pick 6 too!

    • Danny W

      Thats funny stuff Jim. You and I have the same thought pattern right now. What can we lose?

  • TAZMOSIS

    Ooooops! 31-6 mid 4th.

    • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

      I said 23-6 because I figured the 17 point window would come in to play.

  • BurtGummer44

    Too bad for Norv, the Chargers don’t play the Chiefs every week.

    • sidibeke

      Too bad for SD fans they play KC at all; they were hoping to be rid of Norv by tomorrow, I would imagine.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    Romeo may very well lose his job after this game.

    • Danny W

      You mean he didn’t three games back?

    • BurtGummer44

      Fire Pioli tonight, keep Crennel for the rest of the year and let the next GM pick his coach.

  • Lyle Graversen

    Man, twitter has me in tears I’m laughing so hard at all the kc sarcasm/mockery.

  • Danny W

    Don Steve sucks, he just blew an assignment on a screen pass.

  • sidibeke

    We are, in fact, the worst team in the NFL. Isn’t it wise to get a new GM before the end of the year for scouting?

    • Danny W

      Long answer is “YES”!

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    Huh. Steve Breaston is still on the team.

    • tm1946

      Rumor is he is the emergency QB.

      • sidibeke

        Oh, tm, that is funny!

        • tm1946

          I understand it is him or McCluster runs the wildcat for 60 minutes and if you think I am anything but dead serious wait and see.

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    Any chance we could just leave Pioli in SD?

  • Danny W

    Garbage time touchdown baby just like I like em. When they don’t mean shit.

    • tm1946

      WE will probably be a top 5 offense stat wise. got to love garbage time.

  • Chiefswatch

    I love that we are making an argument for being one of the worst teams in NFL history. The NFL should take our MNF game against the Steelers away. Nobody wants to watch that shit

  • tm1946

    Just saw my man, T Jackson in on a tackle.

  • Danny W

    Its time to start to consider………Are we the worst team in NFL history? Not franchise history but worst team in NFL history?

    • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

      Very likely.

  • Danny W

    Hell why not a last minute fumble.

  • Jesse Hollandworth

    Cassel has showed toughness and played ok. O-line sux, lilja is not a center. Tippd balls and fumbles. This team lacks fundamentals and discipline.

  • tm1946

    OMG McC dropped the ball….what a comedy of errors, it never ends with Clark’s Chiefs.

  • BurtGummer44

    Dexter McFukUpster!

    • Danny W

      Thats one of Scotties 2nd rounders we can’t seem to find a place for.

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    Everything is back to normal…we reached 4 turn overs this game, -3 for the game.

  • Lyle Graversen

    If Romeo isn’t fired within 24 hours, its the biggest disgrace in KC Chiefs history.

    • tm1946

      Wait til the Pitts game, do not think we hit bottom yet.

      • Danny W

        Pitt may run the score up to 60 on us. Call it a curb stomping.

    • http://twitter.com/aharp31 Big Jim

      Amen!

  • sidibeke

    No mental toughness. When things start to go south, the wheels completely come off.

    • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

      It’s what happens when you build a team to only play with a lead like Romeo did.

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    How many times will Romeo say “I don’t know” in the press conference?

  • BurtGummer44

    One thing is for sure; Romeo for the life of him doesn’t understand why this happened.

  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    Let’s get ready for Haley to embarrass the Chiefs in 10 days.

  • http://twitter.com/aharp31 Big Jim

    I’m done!