Kansas City, Mo. A good title for a movie about the 2008 Chiefs might be “Sackless in Kansas City.”
In addition to having the worst record in team history, the young Chiefs (2-13) go into Sunday’s finale at Cincinnati in jeopardy of entering the record book as the worst pass-rushing team in the history of the league.
While San Diego’s Philip Rivers and New England’s Tom Brady might disagree, no defense in the NFL has been gentler on opposing quarterbacks this season.
The record for fewest sacks in a 16-game season is 13 by the 1981 Colts. The Chiefs, with one game to go, have nine.
They need four to tie and five to escape.
“Everybody’s taken a lot of (criticism) about it the whole year, the defense not being able to get to the quarterback,” linebacker Rocky Boiman said. “Everybody’s heard about it and read about it. To have a good game and get after the quarterback and not have our names etched in history on that would be a good thing.”
The Bengals are the next-weakest sacking team with 16. The Dallas Cowboys, the league leaders, have outsacked the sadsack Chiefs by 49.