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Kansas City Chiefs: Moving On

Here are some areas the Kansas City Chiefs need to focus on after a 13-9 home loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday:

Recap: The undermanned Chiefs played hard Sunday night against the better Steelers, but they just didn’t have enough firepower to pull off the home upset. Kansas City is now 4-7 and three games out of first place in the AFC West. It doesn’t look like the Chiefs will successfully defend their AFC West title. The Chiefs are tied with San Diego for last place in the division. Kansas City has lost four straight games after it won four straight games.

Biggest area to fix: The Chiefs have to learn to make some key plays when it counts. A lot of will be made of the lack of effort by receiver Dwayne Bowe in the final seconds. Bowe didn’t make much of an attempt for a ball that was intercepted, ending the game. Effort isn’t a team-wide problem, but someone needs to make some plays at key times.

Biggest area to build on: The defense was strong. It was good at times last week at New England. The Chiefs have the NFL’s toughest remaining schedule, thus, they needs to stay stout on defense if they are going to be competitive.

What to watch for: Expect quarterback Kyle Orton to make his Kansas City debut Sunday at Chicago. Orton was claimed off waivers from Denver last week. Even though the Chiefs are not in the playoff picture, they didn’t claim the remaining $2.5 million of Orton’s contract for the free agent to sit.