Cody Thorn: Another loss for?Chiefs and the 2007 team is historic

Cody Thorn

After watching my sixth straight Chiefs game at home, something finally sunk in – Kansas City just isn’t very good this year.

I know, a blind person could’ve figured that one out about a month ago, but as a diehard Chiefs fan, it was hard for me to admit. I kept on holding out hope that the Chiefs would find a way to win games the way they were doing at the first of the season.

As some recall, Kansas City had a stretch where they won four out of five games and were in first place in the AFC West. Yes, it really did happen, though it seems like it was so long ago.

It seemed like no matter what the Chiefs did against San Diego, they found a way to give away the gifts.

After Jared Allen’s touchdown, Kansas City held a 10-3 lead against San Diego last week. From that point, they were outscored 21-0. The Chiefs turned into their alter-ego self in the second half and sent the few fans that bothered showing up in the sub-freezing game home early. During the third quarter, a count of one section in the upper deck end zone seats held a mere 29 fans.

In the middle sections, there were visibly more empty orange seats than ones with people sitting in them. However, the Chiefs announced 78,874 as the “paid” atten-dance.

My guess is there were maybe 40,000 to 50,000. Maybe.

It was early in the third quarter that the Chiefs started to play like a team that is 4-8.

After a 3-yard gain to open the half, Huard was sacked for an 8-yard loss. He then threw an incomplete pass and the Chiefs punted.

LaDainan Tomlinson scored on a touchdown run and the Chargers grabbed a 17-10 lead after that.

The Chiefs had a chance to tie though, as they drove down to the San Diego 28-yard line. On 4th-and-4 from the 28, the Chiefs went for it. Huard, inexplicitly, threw a pass for 2 yards to Eddie Kennison.

Why throw a 2-yard pass when you need four? Good question. I would direct all questions to the ultra-conservative Herm Edwards and offensive coordinator Mike Solari.

The Chiefs next drive was when Huard was sacked again – he was taken down seven times in the game – but he lost the football.

Huard threw his second interception midway through the fourth quarter when he threw into triple coverage on Kennison. He was injured on the play and left the game because he lost feeling in his fingers.

Perhaps the only positive thing that went right for Kansas City in the second half was a punt. Dustin Colquitt booted an 81-yard – wind-aided – punt.

But as luck would have it, the Chargers were able to take advantage of that. Tomlinson had a 29-yard run and Michael Turner then ran for a 35-yard gain. And then, Tomlinson sent everyone scurrying to their vehicles with a 28-yard touchdown run – where he wasn’t touched after getting through the defensive line – to make it 24-10 with 10 minutes to play.

“The first half we were playing lights out,” said Allen. “We had energy. We were flying around to the ball. In the second half we weren’t ready. I got to watch the film. I’ll put it in on me though. I need to work harder and I need to play better.”

“We have got to stop them (Chargers). We need to change our mindset. It’s not acceptable to lose at home. It is 10-10 at halftime and we lose 24-10. That isn’t not acceptable.”

Allen brings up a good point – losing at home.

It is something that hasn’t exactly happened a lot at Arrowhead over recent years.

Being as upset, irritated, frustrated and whatever adjective I could use here, I thumbed through the media guide to find out one stat.

When was the last time the Chiefs have lost six games at home?

Right now, the Chiefs have a 2-5 mark in a stadium that used to be a place where visitors usually had no chance of winning. When Tennessee visits Kansas City next Sunday, it is possible for the team to lose six games at home.

And perhaps even more shocking, it would be six straight losses. I wondered when the last time that happened as well. Stay tuned, I’ll answer both questions.

Now, it’s the home where anyone can win and when I say “anyone” (I mean the lowly Raiders who had lost 17 straight AFC West games and for five straight years to Kansas City in Arrowhead) can win at Arrowhead.

OK, back to the research. Twice this decade the Chiefs have lost four or more games at home. The latest was in 2004, when the Chiefs were 4-4 at home and the Chiefs were 3-5 at home in 2001.

To put everything in perspective, from 1990 to 1999, the Chiefs lost only 19 games at home and never more than three a year. From 2000 to present, they have lost 23 games at home.

The last time the Chiefs have even lost four straight games at home was in 1987 and those losses to Denver, Pittsburgh, the New York Jets and Green Bay came with replacement players. The last time the “full-time” Chiefs lost four games in a row was in 1979.

Kansas City lost six games in both 1976 and 1977, but the losses had a win amongst them during the then-7 game and 14 game NFL schedule.

So, if the Chiefs lose to the Titans next weekend, they will be the worst Chiefs team in more than a quarter century.

To find the last time the Chiefs have lost six straight games you have to go all the way back to 1974. The home portion opened with a win against the Jets and then losses to Denver, Pittsburgh, the New York Giants, San Diego, Oakland and Minnesota.

Could we all be watching history?

Cody Thorn is the Sports Editor for the Neosho Daily News. You can?e-mail him at sports@neoshodailynews.com