It won't fix everything that ails them, but the Kansas City Chiefs team that appeared to be very much on life support when they were hammered, 34-3 by the New England Patriots on Monday night got a little breath of life on Wednesday by making a waiver claim for recently released former Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton(notes). According to reports, the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys also put in waiver claims, but the Chiefs had the upper hand as the team with the lowest current number of wins.

At 4-6, the Chiefs are tied with the San Diego Chargers for the worst record in the AFC West, but they're far from out of it if they can turn things around — they're just two games behind the Oakland Raiders and one behind the Broncos.

It was thought by most that Orton would return to Chicago, where he spent the first four years of his career and helped the Bears attain a 12-21 record when he was the starter. The Bears recently lost quarterback Jay Cutler(notes) for at least several weeks to a broken thumb on his throwing hand. But it was the need of the Chiefs, who recently lost Matt Cassel(notes) for the season, that won out. As a result, they'll pick up the remainder of Orton's contract, and the $2.5 million the Broncos would have owed him. The Bears signed veteran Josh McCown(notes) to back up Caleb Hanie(notes).

It's not known when Orton will take the reins in Todd Haley's offense, but the Chiefs face off against the Bears on Sunday, December 4, at Soldier Field.


Still no problem, we win by 17