Kansas City Chiefs: Week 10 NFL Power Rankings (#31)

Last week: 31 (+0)

Record: 1-7

I still like the Chiefs more than the Jaguars as long as Matt Cassel is their quarterback. As long as his turnover rate regresses somewhat to the mean going forward, he’s their best option at quarterback. If not for two defensive touchdowns, the Chiefs could have easily hung with and beaten the Chargers. I suspect with better turnover luck going forward, they will have a couple chances to eke out some victories.

Right now they’re at -20 in turnovers on the year. Even if they were to tie the NFL record of -30, that would still mean a twofold improvement in their turnover margin in the 2nd half of the season. For the record, the record since the merger is -28. Turnovers aside, they rank 31st in yards per play differential and 24th in rate of sustaining drives differential. I would pick them to beat the Jaguars, who are dead last in both, if they played.

Speaking of those two terrible teams, we have to watch them in back to back weeks on Thursday Night Football. I hate this new “everyone gets a primetime game” thing. We shouldn’t have to watch crappy games in primetime just to be fair to everyone. Besides, if you’re not a good team, why would you even want to be on TV for millions to see?

Studs

ROLB Tamba Hali: 1 sack and 2 quarterback hurries on 16 pass rush snaps, 6 solo tackles, 1 assist, 5 stops

Duds

WR Dexter McCluster: Caught 2 passes for 17 yards on 6 attempts on 34 pass snaps, 1.0 YAC per catch, 2 drops, 1 interception when thrown to

LG Ross Hochstein: Allowed 1 quarterback hit and 3 quarterback hurries on 27 pass block snaps, run blocked for 4 yards on 3 attempts

CB Travis Daniels: Allowed 4 catches for 70 yards and a touchdown on 4 attempts, 1 solo tackle, 1 assist, 1 missed tackle

MLB Jovan Belcher: 2 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 stops, allowed 1 catch for 7 yards on 1 attempt

RE Ropati Pitoitua: Did not record a pressure on 6 pass rush snaps, 2 solo tackles, 1 stop, 2 missed tackles

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