During World War II, bomber planes such as the B-17 and B-24 had a bell system that would alert airmen of emergency procedures such as a bailout or ditching, according to a World Wide Words story
Unfortunately, a pilot sometimes would prematurely ring the bell and a crew would exit the plane when it was unnecessary.
And that is is the genesis of the phrase “panic button,” an expression Chiefs fans hope to avoid using Sunday.
The Chiefs, 2-3, play Washington, 2-3, at FedExField, and the pundits think Kansas City will put an end to its two-game losing streak. Here is what 54 NFL media members are saying about the game, which kicks off at noon and will be broadcast on KCTV (Ch. 5)
A 36-33 Chiefs win is the call from Yardbarker’s Chris Mueller. Here is part of what he wrote: “ What’s going on with the Chiefs? Answering that question really involves figuring out what’s wrong with Patrick Mahomes, who has 10 interceptions in his last eight regular-season games. When the Chiefs don’t turn the ball over, their offense is as explosive as ever, but when they do, they become fallible. ... Mahomes takes better care of the ball, and the league’s worst scoring defense improves incrementally. Those two things have to happen sometime, don’t they?”
A 37-23 Chiefs victory is the prediction from Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com. This is an excerpt of what he wrote: “I don’t buy the theory that the Chiefs are going to try extra hard now because of Sunday night’s embarrassment. I do buy the theory that the Chiefs’ spate of turnovers on offense are somewhat fluky, a spike in variance that will self-correct over the course of a season.”
An easy Chiefs win is the prediction from the two Pro Football Talk writers. Mike Florio sees a 38-21 final score. He wrote: “The Chiefs’ three losses have come against 4-1 teams. Here’s a chance to get right.” Michael David Smith predicted a 34-20 win. This is an excerpt of what he wrote about the Chiefs: “I think the great offense is sustainable, while the defense should regress toward the mean a little bit, and the Chiefs will look better the rest of the way than they have through five games.”
The Chiefs will cover the spread says the New York Times’ Emmanuel Morgan.Here is an excerpt from the story: “Kansas City’s offense has had to be mind-bogglingly efficient to even contend so far this season, and their three losses followed a common script: Opponents that can limit Tyreek Hill to under 100 receiving yards and convert aggressive play calls against Kansas City’s defense can come out with a win. The Ravens, Chargers and Bills wrote the blueprint, but Washington (2-3) is unlikely to execute it well.”
The Chiefs will win the game, say the eight CBS Sports writers: Pete Prisco, Jason La Canfora, Dave Richard, Jamey Eisenberg, John Breech, Ryan Wilson, Will Brinson and Jared Dubin. Prisco predicted a 34-24 score. This is part of what he wrote: “The Washington defense, expected to be dominant, has been anything but that. Patrick Mahomes will get back on track here with a big day as the Chiefs bounce back.”
A 34-24 Chiefs win also is the prediction from Bill Bender of the Sporting News. Here is a portion of what he wrote: “This is supposedly a get-right game for the Chiefs, but they can’t take that for granted on the road at Washington. The good news is Washington has allowed 35.3 points per game and generated just two turnovers over the last three weeks.”
Each of the seven writers at USA Today picked the Chiefs: Jarrett Bell (26-24 final score), Nate Davis (33-27), Jori Epstein (27-21), Mike Freeman (24-21), Mike Jones (32-24), Mike Middlehurst-Schwartz (38-28) and Lorenzo Reyes (27-24).
All 10 pundits at ESPN think the Chiefs will win: Emmanuel Acho, Rob Ninkovich, Kevin Seifert, Matt Bowen, Domonique Foxworth, Laura Rutledge, Seth Wickersham, Mike Clay, Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano.
The Chiefs were the pick from nine Athletic writers: Jay Morrison, Chris Burke, Mark Kaboly, Ben Standig, Michael-Shawn Dugar, Katherine Terrell, Nick Kosmider, Tashan Reed and Ted Nguyen.
The Star’s five writers all see a Chiefs victory: Sam McDowell, Blair Kerkhoff, Herbie Teope, Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger.
A Chiefs win is the call from Audacy’s five writers: John Healy, Jordan Cohn, Jesse Pantuosco, Dan Mennella and Tim Kelly.
A Chiefs victory is the pick from the four Athlon Sports writers: Rob Doster, Bryan Fischer, Ben Weinrib and Aaron Wilson.