Bad QBs = Chiefs Victories … Friday Cup O’Chiefs

The bandwagon has been rolling all week. All those red and gold sweatshirts are being pulled out of the closets. The Chiefs have won four in a row and the Chiefs Nation is bubbling with anticipation.

A four-game winning streak in the NFL should always be celebrated, no matter the circumstances. It’s damn difficult to win in professional football. There is some much effort, blood, sweat and tears required to win a game. For a team to walk off the field of play with a victory is the only thing that makes the pain worthwhile.

So cheer for the Chiefs current string of victories. But also understand this – a lot of the right cards have been dealt to them in these last four games. That’s especially true when it comes to the game’s premier position – quarterback.

The NFL is a league that’s driven by the play of its quarterbacks. The rules have been set up to help the offense. The officials have been schooled to call the game to allow the quarterbacks the most protection and the most opportunities. The quarterbacks are the highest paid and receive the most attention.

In their four-game winning streak the Chiefs have faced only one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. That was Monday night with Philip Rivers of the Chargers. Ironically, it was the poor play of Rivers that ultimately allowed the Chiefs to win the game in overtime and continue their winning ways.

The streak opened with a troubled Donovan McNabb starting for the Vikings. After losing to the Chiefs, McNabb held his starting job only one more week before he was replaced by rookie Christian Ponder. Victory No. 2 came at Indianapolis, against a young man making second NFL start, Curtis Painter. In Oakland for the third victory, they faced the troubled two-headed QB of Kyle Boller and Carson Palmer. And, then in the fourth game it was Rivers, who is in the midst of the most troubling string of performances in his career.

Ahead are back-to-back home games with Miami and starting QB Matt Moore and Denver with starting QB Tim Tebow. Not until Monday night, November 21 will the Chiefs see an elite quarterback – that’s when the face the Patriots and Tom Brady in Foxboro. And after that will come Ben Roethlisberger, Jay Cutler, Mark Sanchez and Aaron Rodgers.

Here’s a look at the numbers for quarterbacks the Chiefs have played and will play and where those QBs rank in the NFL through eight weeks.

 Team  Starting QB






Passer Rating

NFL Rank

Buffalo Ryan Fitzpatrick








Detroit Matt Stafford








San Diego Philip Rivers








Minnesota Donovan McNabb








Indianapolis Curtis Painter








Oakland Kyle Boller








San Diego Rivers








Miami Matt Moore            


Denver Tim Tebow            


New England Tom Brady            


Pittsburgh Ben Roethlisberger            


Chicago Jay Cutler            


N.Y. Jets Mark Sanchez            


Green Bay Aaron Rodgers            


Black-games lost, Red-games won, Blue-games to play. A-attempts, C-completions, Yds-yards, TD-touchdown passes, I-interceptions. NFL rank is for the current week.

A lineup of quarterbacks like this one will help a team get well and provide its defense with a chance to build some confidence. The only QB they faced in the last month that was capable of leading a comeback or taking his team down the field for a victory was Rivers. But his inexplicable botched snap because the play of the game on Monday and allowed the game to go into overtime, where the Chiefs were able to secure their fourth victory of the season.

In the last four games, the Chiefs have had the best quarterback on the field in Matt Cassel. And given the current troubles of Rivers, Cassel just may be the best quarterback in the division. Maybe Carson Palmer can overcome the dreadful start of his Raiders career that he had against the Chiefs. Maybe Rivers snaps out of the funk that has engulfed him this season and gets his game back together over the second half of the season.

Still, the key is this – a string of inferior quarterbacks has helped the Chiefs get back into the race for a spot in the playoffs and build their own confidence after it was ripped to shreds by an ugly 0-3 start.

8 Responses to “Bad QBs = Chiefs Victories … Friday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • November 4, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    While what you point out is true regarding the quarterbacks we have faced the fact is we still won the games. You also point out how hard it is to win any game in the NFL let alone four in a row. We know we have a flawed team depleted of some of it’s best young talent for the remainder of the year. We also recognize the owner and organization could have held to their philosophy of how to build a winning franchise and still opened the pocketbook enough to bring in some additional skilled players that would have helped toward that end. That would address some of those flaws and provide additional depth. Hopefully the spending requirements of the new league contract will help regarding holding money in the owner’s pocket and change the equation moving forward. However you frame it the fact remains we are on a winning streak going into November with some momentum and the opportunity to play meaningful games and compete for the division title. Given the reality of the situation and all things considered I’m pleased to see us in the situation we’re in. and think it supports the belief that Haley is doing a good job with what he has been dealt to work with.

  • November 4, 2011  - Clive says:

    I’m getting a little fed up reading about how opponents’ deficiencies lost them the games rather than what the Chiefs did to win. I did not expect to see the same theme on this site. Did we face inferior quarterbacks or did our defence, stepping up after adjusting to the loss of Berry, make them look inferior? I’m a kool-aid drinker, for sure – but I also note that our defence has elite stats if you look at the last 5 games. I’m looking forward to the so-called difficult stretch – I think our D is going to give those so-called elite quarterbacks hell.

  • November 4, 2011  - Rowan says:

    Yes, the D will likely struggle more against these teams. But what about their D and our maybe-waking-up offense. Maybe Bob has some ideas here? Also, RAC has been known to frustrate Peyton Manning himself! We do have some limitations on the field, but our edge may be off the field. That said Bob, makes excellent points, as always, and if we get smacked down by some of these elite teams I don’t think any of us should go into shock–or into player or coach bashing.

  • November 4, 2011  - aPauled says:

    I don’t think that anyone is taking away from the Chief’s wins the last 2 seasons…but the goal is to be an elite team. Not get 8-9 wins and get rolled in the first round of the playoffs. Until we can compete and win a few against Rodgers, Brady, Roethlisberger, etc. and be competitive in the playoffs, we should be critiqing the team and wins against the lower echelon teams.

  • November 4, 2011  - Chuck says:

    I personally think when we play teams like the Pats, Jets, Packers, and Steelers we will get a rather LARGE DOSE OF REALITY. Then the kool-aid drinkers will understand where Bob is coming from.

  • November 4, 2011  - napahank says:

    I too am tired of hearing how Rivers lost the game on the botched snap. Rivers didn’t lose the game…no QB does as every loss or win is a team loss or win. Granted the QB is the most important position; however, a receiver has to catch the ball, the line has to block, the defense has to stop the opposition, the kicker has to make the FG’s, etc, etc.

    Then factor in the ref’s calls or non-calls or even something as “simple” as spotting the ball correctley (which “cost” us two games in 2009). How about injuries, conditioning or even weather?

    Point is that there are so many factors that produce a win or a loss. Teams that are the best prepared to play the game usually can overcome the unforeseen challenges in a game. Speaking of preparation, no one has commented on Haley’s recent fumble recovery drills…think that helped Monday night?

  • November 4, 2011  - leonard says:

    Cool Aid drinkers? Hell these are the same folks that whined at the start. Let’s look at these “elite ” teams. Only Green Bay is undefeated, but that will likely end soon. Pittsburg has played poorly and so has New England. How about the Jets? Dallas? and let’s not forget the Dream Team Eagles. Why is it always assumed that the Chiefs are bad, everyone else good. The Chiefs are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now. Who cares how they win. They find ways to win. Isn’t that what a good team does? I give the coaches, and especially Haley giant Kudos for this success. They have survived major loses to the team, and yet they somehow find a way to win. That is a winner. You may not win them all, but they are the best in the West right now. I hope all the teams we play have the same attitude towards the Chiefs as some of our lame ass fans.

  • November 4, 2011  - Mike says:

    Napahank pointed out something nobody else had mentioned. Since Haley had an extra day of practice before the Monday night game, he had the team practicing fumble recovery techniques. KC hadn’t recovered a fumble (their own or their opponents’) all year. Key play of Monday night’s game? We recovered Rivers’
    fumble. Kudos to Todd.

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