This was tough to swallow for the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 29th-ranked rushing defense bottled up the hottest running back in the league, out-gained the Pittsburgh Steelers, and had a longer time of possession, but still came out on the losing end, 20-12, and fell to 8-7. The loss means it will take a win next week against San Diego — and a lot of help — to qualify for the post-season.
The Chiefs' head coach Andy Reid once again kept to a game plan of letting Alex Smith throw the ball much more than he should. Reid called for 47 passing plays, and only 14 rushes. The Chiefs fell to 2-6 when Smith throws 30-plus passes, and 3-7 when Charles plays, and rushes less than 20 times.
A lot however, came down to failed execution from the Chiefs' offense. While Smith led his team inside the 30-yard line six times, he failed to find the end zone even once, and only came away with 12 points. That's not going to beat many teams on the road, especially with a playoff berth on the line.Read more... Join the Conversation...