One week after the Chiefs defense created eight turnovers and dominated on offense, the tables were not only turned but flipped over in an embarrassing 43-14 loss in front of a national audience in Pittsburgh.
As with every loss we get Andy Reid’s vanilla response.
”This is my responsibility,” Reid said. ”We clearly didn’t play well enough as a football team. We didn’t coach well enough. I take full responsibility for it and make sure we make it right.”
There was another coach, in the college ranks, whose surprisingly lost his job with a 2-2 record (see LSU). Personnel wise, the Chiefs have just as many pieces in place as any conference contender should have. At what point does the focus shift to Reid’s inability to get this team ready to play?
Twice in the first quarter the Chiefs turned the ball over inside their 30 and Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdowns in his first six passes.
Big Ben cleaned the secondary’s clock with five TDs while going 22 of 27 for 300 yards.
Le’Veon Bell picked up after Ben did his damage with 178 rushing yards.
The Chiefs offensive line was beat by a team that ranked last in the NFL in sacks. Alex Smith was dropped four times.
Smith was 30 of 50 for 287 yards and added two insignificant fourth-quarter touchdowns.
The Chiefs trailed 22-0 after the first quarter and 36-0 at the half.