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Chiefs Blitz: Q&A about Sunday’s 43-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers

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The Star's Terez A. Paylor, Sam Mellinger, Blair Kerkhoff and Vahe Gregorian offer their insights on the Kansas City Chiefs' 43-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.
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The Star's Terez A. Paylor, Sam Mellinger, Blair Kerkhoff and Vahe Gregorian offer their insights on the Kansas City Chiefs' 43-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.

In this week’s Blitz, The Star’s Terez A. Paylor answered five postgame Twitter questions from Chiefs fans.

1. Is this game this year’s version of last year’s 1-5 start? — @ianthefreeman

Perhaps. This was the worst loss of Andy Reid’s four-year tenure as the Chiefs’ coach. Even their Green Bay loss last September had some positives because they mounted a late rally and only lost by 10 points. This thing was brutal in all areas. The Chiefs will have two weeks to stew on this thing. Andy Reid is a pretty good coach, so it’s important to remember that more often than not, his teams have almost always bounced back from rough losses during his tenure here.

2. What’s going on with the HORRID 1st quarters and how do #Chiefs fix it? — @kcschaser

The offense looks abysmal. There’s no other way to put it. The plays aren’t working and when they do, the players don’t execute them. The offense has been the major disappointment of the season thus far. They looked great in camp, but their miserable start is a good reminder of why you have to be skeptical of what you see until the actual games start.

3. Is this the end of the season? — @dmwright07

No. I know it feels that way. I truly do. What an ugly, uninspired, brutal loss. I’m not defending these guys – I crushed their performance in my report card and my gamer – but let’s not forget they started 1-5 last year and rallied to win 11 straight games. Pittsburgh also administered that beating Sunday after a similarly embarrassing loss to Philadelphia seven days earlier. The lesson: wacky stuff happen in the NFL on a week-to-week basis. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

4. Does Andy need to trust Alex more and allow him to spread the offense out and throw downfield more? — @ryanjmac

At this point, it’s something to consider. The offense hasn’t gotten anything going all season until they’ve gone into their no-huddle, where Smith looks more comfortable. Reid likes to have control of the offensive playcalls, so it’s unlikely they’ll go to the no-huddle full time, but they might need to start sprinkling it in earlier to get some confidence going.

5. Better first quarter (record) of the season than last year, but has this team regressed on both offense and defense? — @jason___michael

Neither side of the ball looks as good as it did toward the end of last year, that’s for sure. The offense has no flow, no rhythm – at this point, people will start wondering whether they miss former offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, whose Eagles are 3-0 – and the defense definitely misses Justin Houston. Both sides of the ball have a ton to work on before their next game, which takes place in Oakland on Oct. 16.

The number

4 – The number of games, and wins, the Steelers have had over the Chiefs at Heinz Field since the facility opened in 2001.

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