The Chiefs have played nearly 500 minutes over eight games and overtime, and so far they have yet to hold the lead in regulation for a single second.

That's the startling reality for a team picked by some to win the AFC West this season.

There have been devastating injuries to key players, including concussions to both quarterbacks. Their top wide receiver held out during training camp, their star running back has had games where he's received only five carries, and a defensive-minded head coach can't seem to get a defense full of first-round draft picks to stop much of anything.

The result is a 1-7 record that has led to fans paying for banners to fly over the stadium pleading for the general manager to be fired, and an organized protest on tap for an upcoming home game in which fans are planning to come dressed in black.

"It's tough, because I don't think I've ever been part of this exact scenario," said Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, who got his first NFL job with the New York Giants in 1981.

Crennel compared this year's version of the Chiefs to the 1983 Giants, who went 3-12-1.

"That was no fun, because we were doing some of the things that cause you to lose," Crennel said on a conference call Friday. "This team is doing some of those things."


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The most obvious one is turning over the ball. The Chiefs had an interception returned for a touchdown and also lost three fumbles in a 31-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night, giving them 29 turnovers this season.

Things aren't much better even when the Chiefs hold onto the ball. Kansas City had touchdowns on just two of its previous 43 offensive series before a late score against the Chargers.

The Chiefs' only win came on a game-ending field goal by Ryan Succop in overtime.

Making matters worse, running back Jamaal Charles left the game Thursday with a neck injury, though Crennel believes he'll be OK, and rookie guard Jeff Allen sustained a blow to his head.

Giants-Steelers: The game between New York and Pittsburgh on Sunday will be played despite transportation and power issues and growing concerns for weary and heartbroken residents displaced and devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday, and Christie assured him that game would not divert any major resources from relief efforts.

Saints: Running back and return specialist Darren Sproles underwent surgery for a broken hand and won't be able to play Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Lions: The team announced that Jahvid Best would stay on the physically unable to perform list for the year. Best hasn't played in more than a year because of concussion problems.

Cowboys: Running back DeMarco Murray will miss his third consecutive game because of a sprained right foot. Receivers Dez Bryant (hip) and Kevin Ogletree (hamstring) are both listed as questionable to play Sunday at Atlanta.

Dolphins: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Indianapolis because of left knee and thigh injuries.

Browns: Defensive tackle Phil Taylor was activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list and will play Sunday against Baltimore. Taylor missed Cleveland's first eight games after undergoing surgery on a torn chest muscle.

Broncos: Cornerback Tracy Porter didn't travel with the team to Cincinnati and will miss his third straight game as doctors continue to regulate his medication to control seizures.