Drum Beats: Unlucky Number Seven

Kansas City's losing streak hit seven today, as the Chiefs lost to the Tennessee Titans, 26-17. This latest loss puts the home record for 2007 at 2-6, the worst mark since 1977.

Show of hands, who saw this coming? This Chiefs season has entered the realm of the ridiculous. Did anyone think Kansas City would finish up with two wins at home, playing in front of a half-empty Arrowhead Stadium?

It's pretty apparent the fans have had enough. Those valiant few who did show up to brave the cold weather did so wearing paper bags, or holding up signs expressing their dissatisfaction with general manager Carl Peterson and head coach Herm Edwards. It's getting ugly out there.

Here's the worst thing about this season – it's been pretty formulaic. This team has mastered the art of losing so well, they have it down to an exact science. The Chiefs stay competitive in the first half, and sometime between the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third, they figure out a way to lose the momentum they've spent an hour and a half building.

Even today, the Chiefs were up 14-10 halftime and even 17-13 in the third quarter. Then the Titans proceeded to outscore them 13-0 over the final quarter and a half. What?

Actually, today was a little different. The offensive line, usually the bane of Chiefs quarterbacks and ball carriers, played pretty well today. Right tackle Will Svitek stepped into the lineup after the Chiefs cut Chris Terry and did a good job of protecting quarterback Brodie Croyle while facing a quick defensive end, Antwan Odom.

Solid protection afforded Croyle the opportunity to throw for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Kolby Smith ran well, and even though the team went away from the run in the third quarter, he finished with 89 yards on 18 carries.

All of that was wasted, however, as defensively, the Chiefs couldn't contain the Titans enough in the second half. Vince Young and Tennessee's offense made just enough plays to keep KC's defense off balance for the most part. Young only passed for 179 yards, but the Titans ran for 148, much of it in the fourth quarter. Tennessee sealed the game with a pair of fourth-quarter field goals.

Ultimately, the game was another step in Kansas City's General Sherman-esque march to a top ten draft pick. The only thing standing between the Chiefs and the bottom of the NFL standings is a couple of games, both of them on the road. The way this team has played at home in 2007, maybe playing outside of Arrowhead is what they need - as long as it's not in Denver.

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