This was just about the time last year that Todd Haley was dismissed from his post as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. Romeo Crennel became the interim coach, and he guided the team to wins in two of its last three games of the season. The interim tag might be removed, but when push comes to shove, Crennel is now in hot water following a 2-10 start to the season.
Last week was a real tragedy for the Chiefs’ family, as LB Jovan Belcher committed homicide followed by suicide. The team could have very easily just gone into the tank, but instead, it came out and posted a 27-21 win over the Carolina Panthers. It was the best offensive showing of the year, and it came during a period of time where the team and the city really needed something positive to happen.
The Chiefs have a chance to win once again this week, as they are going to be on the road in the Dawg Pound against the Cleveland Browns.
Granted, Kansas City is a 5 ½-point underdog on the NFL odds in this one, but it is a game in which there is a lot of hope if RB Jamaal Charles can run as well against the Browns as he did against the Panthers. The former Texas Longhorn rumbled for 127 yards on 27 carries, and he now has averaged 105.3 rushing yards per game in his last four outings. The Cleveland defense does rank a respectable 16th in the league against the run at 115.6 yards per game, but this unit has been gashed by some of the great running backs this year already.
These two teams have only met five times since the return of the Browns to Cleveland. KC won the most recent meeting 16-14 here at Cleveland Browns Stadium, and it now holds a 3-2 SU and ATS advantage.