KANSAS CITY, Mo. There was a time, much earlier in this lost Chiefs season, when a tightly contested, narrow loss at the hands of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos would have been inspiring.
Not any more. Not really.
The Chiefs hung around with Manning and the Broncos most of Sunday afternoon, playing ultra-conservative and mistake free, but ultimately fell, 17-9. The loss was the Chiefs' eighth straight and dropped them to 1-10 overall.
The defeat, combined with Jacksonville's win, did leave the Chiefs alone with the NFL's worst record and thus the inside track to the No. 1 pick in next April's draft.
Other than that, there was little for the Chiefs to glean from Sunday's loss, though, of course, Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel has had extensive practice in locating silver linings.
"I was proud of the way they competed," Crennel said. "They played against a good football team, and played well here at home in the front of the home fans, which we haven't been very good at so ...