Is there any NFL football fans who have had a rougher first two weeks that the Kansas City Chiefs? Coming off of a season where they won the AFC West title for the first time since 2003, the Chiefs were poised to try to repeat this year and possibly take the next step in becoming a bonafied SuperBowl contender.
Then the season started.
Kansas City opened up their 2011 season with a home game against the usually easy Buffalo Bills. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, the Bills didn't get the memo that they were supposed to roll over and let KC walk all over them as they instead routed them to the tune of a 41-7 beatdown. Kansas City's offense was largely ineffective and couldn't gain any momentum against the Bills. But hey, it was just one bad week, everyone has those now and again.
Then came week 2.
On week 2, the Chiefs traveled to face the revitalized Detroit Lions who upended Tampa Bay at Tampa easily to start the season 1-0. While the location was different for Kansas City, the results were even worse as KC only managed 3 points in another beatdown that saw them lose 48-3 this time. But this time around, they lost more than a game, they lost their best offensive weapon in running back Jamaal Charles as well.
Charles, one of the premier young backs in the game, was carted off the field midway through the first quarter with a left knee injury. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting from sources that the injury is believed to be a torn ACL and that it will keep the back out for the whole season.
If true, this puts the Chief in an even bigger hole than their 0-2 start as losing Charles would be the third loss for the team in the early going. KC had already lost starting safety Eric Berry and tight end Tony Moeaki for the entire season.
"The season will not be canceled as far as I know," Chiefs coach Todd Haley said when asked of the significance of the latest lost player. "What we have to do is we have to stop doing those things that are costing us dearly, and putting us in very difficult positions."
Charles is scheduled to have a MRI done on Monday to confirm the leaked reports but any way you look at it, things aren't looking good right now for the Chiefs and their fans.
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