Chiefs Pull Upset of the NFL season With 19-14 Victory

From Arrowhead Stadium

Last week Romeo Crennel, the new head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs was pondering his opening assignment for Sunday – the unbeaten Green Bay Packers.

“You’ve got to play the game,” Crennel said. “And when you go play the game you just don’t know what’s going to happen and that’s the thing that makes it so interesting.”

What went down Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium will go down as quite possibly the most “interesting” game-day of the 2011 NFL season. With their 19-14 victory, Crennel and the Chiefs made history and destroyed the Packers’ chances for establishing their name at the top of the league record books.

What a performance by Crennel and the Chiefs defense, that got just enough help from Kyle Orton and the Chiefs offense, and four FGs from K Ryan Succop.

Here’s what we have:

25 Responses to “Chiefs Pull Upset of the NFL season With 19-14 Victory”

  • December 18, 2011  - Ben Armstrong says:

    Amazing what a capable nfl qb can do for a team.

  • December 18, 2011  - ED J says:

    Seriously our o-line didn’t look to bad today. Orton gets rid of ball quick and is very decisive in his throws. he would have had 2 touchdowns if Mclain would held on to that ball and if Pope would’ve dived sooner. Either way I don’t know how Clark or Scott could watch this game and not at very least bring Orton back to compete with Matt next season. His 1st start with Chiefs and he looks better than Matt has looked all season.

  • December 18, 2011  - ED J says:

    But good point Ben I’ve been saying it all season good QB play makes up for alot of miscues like bad o-line play etc. Orton got us in the running for the division now we need some help Go Pats, Lions, and Ravens today.

  • December 18, 2011  - Rick says:

    Even with the redzone issues, the O had one of their better efforts of the year.

    I dunno, but I’m not so sure that Orton isn’t the better option between him and Cassel.

  • December 18, 2011  - Chuck says:

    I thought the whole team today played like CHAMPIONS. But yes, Orton is about 10 times better than Palko. Too bad we couldn’t keep both Cassel and Orton.

  • December 18, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    It wasn’t a thing of beauty but it was beautiful! Good job Chiefs and especially the defense. They’ve gotten better and better as the year has gone along which is another complement to Romeo. He had a hell of a job interview today. If he can give us a Merry Christmas by sending the hated Faiders home with a loss and a Happy New Year by sending the Donkeys packing they can end the interviews for head coach and concentrate on filling the other vacancies. Go Chiefs!

  • December 18, 2011  - Michael says:

    Looks like letting Haley go may have been the right move after all. I personally liked the guy, and I think he was what the Chiefs needed after Herm, bringing back discipline and hard work. But, maybe this is what the team needs now.

    The Chiefs just looked so much better today, still a few bonehead penalties but much, much better. Nice game plan, nice execution. Pioli better have the agents for Orton and Crennel on the phone right now working out deals. Orton has the kind of cool and pocket presence Cassel is still working to achieve. He makes good decisions, is decisive, reads defenses well, puts the ball where receivers can catch it, and is wicked in play action. The team can certainly afford to carry both Orton and Cassel, with Stanzi or a rookie developing behind them. Except for the failures in the red zone today, what a beautiful game to watch it was.

  • December 18, 2011  - txchief says:

    So what do all of the Haley/Cassel appologists have to say now?

    The Chiefs looked sharper today than any other game in recent memory!

    The team seemed better prepared and had a far less predictable game plan than when Haley was in charge.

    Kyle Orton proved that he is the best QB to suit up for the Chiefs since Trent Green. But most importantly, ALL of the Chiefs players showed than they have what it takes to defeat a great Green Bay team.

  • December 18, 2011  - Michael says:

    Two questions? What’s up with the picture for this story, Gretz? Doesn’t really match up with the game today. Also, can the Chiefs put the franchise tag on Orton if it becomes necessary?

  • December 18, 2011  - ED J says:

    Agreed txchief thats exactly who Orton reminded me of Trent Green. Very accurate and decisive but I would say his receving core is better. Amazing what he did in his 1st start can only get better from here.

  • December 18, 2011  - AL Chief says:

    Orton’s command of the offense was amazing for two plus weeks. And in comparison to the most recent Chief’s QBs, it looks like he’s got a cannon for an arm. Thanks Donkey’s!

  • December 18, 2011  - Tim says:

    As I posted earlier in the season, Cassel is just too robotic & methodical. NOW its easy to see when somebody with more natural talent is held up in comparison. Don’t get too excited for the long-term, however. Orton can be solid, but he’s not the second coming. What Orton does do, is give the Chiefs options in the offseason. If we get the opportunity to draft one of better QBs, and do, we can trade Cassell. Palko should be released at season’s end. Great effort by the team today. Special teams were sloppy, however & the play-calling down on the goal line was really poor. Other than that, it was a GREAT plan by Romeo & great effort.

  • December 18, 2011  - napahank says:

    I went back and watched several games Orton played in Denver when he had his full compliment of WR’s/TE’s/RB’s. Here is what I saw…
    1st (and foremost)- He throws a tight spiral that is accurate (even into wind).
    2nd-He carries out great play action and bootlegs.
    3rd-He does a great job in his progressions (esp. to TE)
    I use to wish we had him and people would laugh at me.
    Finally, It would have been interesting to see what Cassel could do with the same play calling freedom of (apparently) Muir/Zorn. It is just one game…but oh what a game!

  • December 18, 2011  - el cid says:

    Tim, Orton clearly not the second coming but compared with the what we have seen at QB, well it is like the fresh air you get after a thunder storm. We are so bogged down by Pioli, Haley, drafts, no free agents, yet, Crennel and Orton can take a team with a lot of stiff and beat a underfeated team in GB, means something… in just how bad was the management decisions since Clark starting kicking Lamars employees out of Arrowhead.

  • December 18, 2011  - aPauled says:

    In fairness, Cassel looked pretty good last year with Charles and Moeaki to rely on. But with this years O…Orton showed what napahank pointed out. Nice pass, fakes and quickly read progressions. Cassel of 2011 was lock on to #1…maybe quickly drop to #2 without really looking at coverage.

    If Orton can keep this going 2 more games…it will make the Chiefs choice interesting for next year. Cassel has a big bonus due…not much chance he is going to get that. Either he waives it or he’s gone…or may not even get the opportunity.

  • December 18, 2011  - Michael says:

    I thought Cassel already got most of his money. Anyone know for sure? Nevertheless, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep both him and Orton. I agree the Chiefs have several holes to fill in the starting lineups, and they need to acquire lots of depth. But, a team full of stiffs?

  • December 18, 2011  - Dave71 says:

    Orton, in his first start & after only a few weeks to learn the offense, looked better than cassel ever has. Spreads the ball around, more accurate, finds the open receiver. i have been saying for a while that i dont think cassel is the answer. Orton is definitely better back there.

  • December 18, 2011  - txchief says:

    I believe that Cassel is due around $4.5m next year. HUGE money for regular folk, but not much to let go in the NFL.

  • December 18, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Micheal and napahank, I agree with both posts.

    I’ve seen Orton play since HS and he is a good leader. His advantage over Cassel is many more years of playing experience and it shows.
    I like Cassel as opposed to the simple minded haters. But I do recognize the quicker release and decision making of Orton. We need to keep both and let them battle it out next summer. then we will have 2 solid QBs to get us through the season.

    I noticed some different blocking schemes today. Feeble Weigmann had help on most plays. That helped.

    It is obvious the players love Romeo and play hard for him. I also think (w/o any proof) the player hated Haley.
    I was great to see an adult on the sideline leading and coaching the Chiefs for the first time since 2005. Sign Romeo tonight!

  • December 18, 2011  - ED J says:

    I don’t think we’ll keep both long Cassel probably be used as trade bait next season when someone starter goes down. No need going into 2012 with QB controversy most of time that leads to firing of another head coach. QB isn’t position you need to be messing around with who’s the leader is. If Orton continues at this pace he’ll be starter and more than likely will release Cassel. Though it may not be best move in terms of trying get value for him but it maybe best move for organization in terms of not having divided locker room or creating situation that Romeo experienced in Cleveland with Anderson or Quinn.

  • December 19, 2011  - bhive01 says:

    If we can finish out this season 3-0 then I’ll believe that we might have started to get over our consistency issues, and not a minute before. This was an amazing win against a great team. We’ve done it before and we can do it again on any given Sunday, but we need that consistency.

    That being said, I really liked what I saw from Orton. Watching Cassel go through progressions is painful, but Orton seemed to just tick them off until he got his man. Very natural. I was never a Cassel sympathizer and after this weekend I say we cut our ties with him and try to convince Orton to stick around while we develop Stanzi and a 2012 draftee QB.

    RE: Haley… I could see the mood around the team is very different under Crennel. If the consistency comes and we get wins and get into the postseason then I’m not sure I care who is the coach in all honesty, but I prefer Crennel’s frank and somewhat open nature to the tight-lipped nothingness of the last few years. I wonder if that will change if Crennel is given the HC job…

  • December 19, 2011  - Niblick says:

    I think we owe Cassell 5.4MM, not 4.5MM. At least that’s what I heard on the radio. I still hope we draft a QB, if one of the top ones is still available. I would like for us to lock up Orton and perhaps, as someone posted, try and trade him. If we don’t draft a QB, we would at least have Orton until we find one. Landry Jones would probably be there, but I’m not sold on him. Luck, Griffin, and Barkley will probably all be gone.

  • December 19, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Amazing what good QB play can do. Muir isn’t an idiot, HC is a genius, Pioli’s screw-ups masked….

    Forget Cassel. Orton may not be the answer, but it isn’t Casse. Pioli can save his job not be picking the newest, greatest HC (Crennel will do just fine), but by signing a franchise QB.

    Then we don’t have to bring in a Charlie Weis to “fix the quarterback.” You have someone like Zorn to work with him.

    Haley changed the culture here. He got the team in shape and reduced nagging injuries to a minimum. He has helped created a tough, well-conditioned team where talent (DJ/Bowe/Hali/Charles/Carr/Flowers) took major steps forward.

    Hating Haley misses his positive contributions. Sticking with Cassel will retard the development of players and coaches alike. The NFL quarterback is the most important player in professional team sports. There is no escaping the dramatic impact a quarterback has in the NFL with current rules. Upgrade or recede.

    The Chiefs have some good things in place. But there is no getting around a quarterback who is a weak link. Why fight it?

    Orton is our best QB at this point in time. Try to sign him and then try to upgrade the position again. It will make everyone look better.

  • December 19, 2011  - el cid says:

    If you love the Chiefs, it is hard not to hate Haley. Yes he did some good things but to give away a season to feud with the GM, run Palko out there( I doubt he could get a job as a clipboard holder), over and over try to put square pegs in round hole, game be damned.

    Anyone see a problem with Cassel seems to be the only option from Pioli’s point of view, Orton can walk, Pioli does nothing in a hurry? Seems like the problems with the Chiefs could continue into 2012?

  • December 19, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Ya, great idea… release Cassel and keep Palko as a back up. Geez, Edj stop by Wal-mart and get a clue. They’re on sale this week.
    Don’t say Stanzi again, he couldn’t beat out pitiful Palko.
    Sign Orton and have them battle it out at camp. Name one a starter and keep the other for when the starter gets hurt. Don’t miss a beat. Win the AFC West! Cassel and Orton have class, only the ignorant TV fans will have a controversy.
    Draft and sign 3 O-lineman, no QBs.
    Oh, and Landry Jones sucks.

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