Kansas City Chiefs defense fading fast

Defensive end Tamba Hali of the Kansas City

Defensive end Tamba Hali of the Kansas City Chiefs kneels on the ground, after hurting his right leg against the San Diego Chargers during the first half. (Nov. 24, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

The Chiefs started off 9-0 to erase the bitter memories of last year's 2-14 nightmare, but the losing has returned in recent weeks. Kansas City has lost three straight, although two of those were to AFC West powerhouse Denver.

Even so, the Chiefs' defensive slump is legitimately worrisome. After starting off in dominant fashion, the defense has tailed off markedly in recent weeks. That's partly due to injury problems to pass rushers Tamba Hali (ankle) and Justin Houston (elbow), but it also might be related to opposing offensive coordinators figuring out defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's scheme.

A couple of troubling stats: The Chiefs have been outscored 103-83 in their last three games after outscoring opponents 215-111 in the first nine games. And after producing 30 sacks through the first six games, the Chiefs have had a total of just seven in their last six.

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