NFL: Chiefs Lose Again — Cassel Injured in Loss to Ravens

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs continue to struggle in 2012.

On Sunday, the Chiefs lost a low-scoring affair against Baltimore 9-6. This defeat gave Kansas City its fourth loss in five games with Romeo Crennel as head coach.

Kansas City (1-4) turned the ball over four times in the loss — two via fumbles lost, and two by way of interceptions thrown by quarterback Matt Cassel. The Chiefs’ nine-point effort marks a low-water mark for scoring this season, dropping their average to only 18.8 points per game.

Cassel, the Chiefs’ starting quarterback since the 2009 season, was forced to the sideline after being hit in the head by a Baltimore defender in the game’s closing quarter. Cassel was replaced by backup quarterback Brady Quinn, who completed all three of his pass attempts.

Neither team could pierce the endzone in this titanic struggle, as both Baltimore and Kansas City settled for field goals instead of touchdowns. Chiefs placekicker Ryan Succop made both of his attempts — from 30 and 31 yards. His Baltimore counterpart Justin Tucker converted all three of his tries, including one that proved to be the go-ahead score as the third quarter ended. That gave the Ravens a six-point lead.

KC running back Jamal Charles entered the game as the NFL’s leading rusher. He carried the ball 30 times against Baltimore’s stingy defense, finding 140 yards for his efforts.

Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali led the effort for KC’s defense with six solo tackles, and two quarterback sacks. Linebacker Justin Houston also posted two QB sacks in the loss to Baltimore (4-1.)

The Chiefs have now lost all three of their home games this season. They’ll meet Tampa Bay (1-3) next Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. -srm

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