Kansas City Chiefs

Monday, November 29, 2004

Another close lost

From sports.yahoo.com:
Strip away the great plays and the wild action and San Diego's 34-31 victory over Kansas City is reduced to a simple fact: big plays.

The revitalized Chargers (8-3) showed why they keep winning and the distraught Chiefs (3-8) showed why they continue to lose. San Diego made the big plays Sunday, got expert quarterbacking from Drew Brees and let tight end Antonio Gates and running back LaDainian Tomlinson carry most of the load.

The Chiefs gave up big plays, sustained costly penalties and turned the ball over at the worst possible time.

``Everybody got their money's worth today,'' said San Diego coach Marty Schottenheimer, whose Chargers were a league-worst 4-12 last year. ``It was quite an exciting game.''

Nate Kaeding, set up by Donnie Edwards' interception of Trent Green's pass, made up for missing two field goals with a tiebreaking 43-yarder with 2:24 left.

A few minutes earlier, Brees' 11-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Gates tied it 31-31 and capped a 71-yard drive that saw the Chargers overcome four penalties, including one that nullified Antonio Gates' 51-yard gain. Making it possible was Kassim Osgood's 65-yard run-and-catch on second-and-22 from the Chargers 19.

``Kassim Osgood made what, in my mind, is as fine a play as I've seen in my entire career in football,'' Schottenheimer said.

Even more memorable for Chiefs fans was the Dante Hall show. The little return specialist, who took the NFL by storm last year when he returned five kicks for touchdowns, sped 77 yards with the second-half kickoff and was just a few steps from the end zone when the ball inexplicably popped out of his hands.

Jerrell Pippens recovered for San Diego on the 5, and a few minutes later Kaeding's 25-yarder tied it 17-17.

But in the fourth quarter, after Brees' 18-yard TD pass to Gates gave the Chargers a 24-23 lead, Hall took the ensuing kickoff, burst up and the middle and fled 96 yards to the end zone, tightly holding onto the ball all the way.

``The guys did a heck of a job blocking,'' said Hall. ``There were two or three ways I could have gone.''

He refused to make an excuse for dropping the ball on the first long return.

``I'm running and the ball came out of my hands,'' he said. ``Those things cannot happen when you're fighting to keep your playoff hopes alive.''

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Kansas City seems headed for its worst season since 1988.

``Something's not right this year,'' said Chiefs tackle Willie Roaf. ``It's been going on all year.''

After Kaeding's 25-yarder tied it at 17, things started to get crazy.

Derrick Blaylock scooted 22 yards for a touchdown and a Kansas City lead that stayed at 23-17 when Lawrence Tynes missed the extra point.

Back came the Chargers, who have won five in a row and seven of eight, to forge a 23-23 tie when Gates beat backup safety Willie Pile on an 18-yard touchdown pass. Pile was playing in place of safety Greg Wesley, who injured his hamstring during pregame warmups.

``I think Willie Pile played pretty well overall,'' said Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil.

After Kaeding's extra point made it 24-23, Hall brought the crowd to its feet with his first touchdown return of the year, then Green hit Eddie Kennison for the 2-point conversion and the Chiefs led 31-24.

But helped by Osgood's big play, the Chargers tied it on Brees' 11-yard pass to Gates.

``Drew saw me open and he made a great throw,'' said Osgood.

Brees was 28-for-37 for 378 yards and two touchdowns and has thrown 18 touchdown passes and only one interception in his last eight games. Gates had seven catches for 92 yards and Tomlinson had 46 yards rushing and 57 yards on 10 receptions.

``Personally, I just feel more confident each time we go out and we win,'' said Brees. ``It just keeps giving me momentum.''

Tynes' 28-yard field goal with 45 seconds left gave the Chiefs a 17-14 halftime lead.

Tomlinson scored on runs of 1 and 3 yards in the first half.

Blaylock, starting for the injured Priest Holmes for the third straight game, scored on a 5-yard run in the first quarter.

Midway through the second quarter, Kansas City drove 94 yards in 13 plays capped by Larry Johnson's 6-yard run.

We once again lost with less than a 7 point difference. Green wasn't himself this game and it showed. He let his frustration get to his throwing and it led him to his lowest QB rating since the first couple of games this season. We could have beaten this team along with many others this year. We have shown that we can compete with these teams but we have never finished it. I hope we can turn it around, even if it does mean that we have little or no chance to make it to the playoffs. I would like to see us beat the rest of the teams this seasons. Lets get it togther to the finish of the season you guys!

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Holmes out again for one of the most important games of the season.

From sports.yahoo.com:
Priest Holmes will likely miss next Monday night's game against the New England Patriots with sprained knee ligaments, the same injury that kept him out of Kansas City's loss to New Orleans on Sunday's loss to New Orleans.

``I would say he's out,'' Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said Monday. ``I think he's made a little progress, but he's got a long ways to go. I don't see him being any different than it was last week.''

Holmes, who leads the NFL in scoring with 90 points and ranks third in the AFC in rushing with 892 yards, injured his right knee against Tampa Bay on Nov. 7. While he sat out the 27-20 loss to the Saints, his replacement, Derrick Blaylock, ran for 186 yards.

Vermeil said he does not expect Holmes will need surgery.

``That has not been expressed to me,'' Vermeil said. ``Those sprains, they give them degrees, and everybody comes back at a different tempo. He always comes back quickly. But he's sprained that knee before so there's some other issues there as well.

``So we'll just be patient with him. We won't bring him back too fast, believe me.''

Kansas City is 3-6

Priest Holmes will not be playing in the game against the Patriots next Monday. It has become apparent to many of us that after winning 2 games, we lost 2 much easier games with him being out. This [Patriots] game will most likely be one of the defining games of the season. Lets hope for a speedy recovery for Mr. Holmes but more importantly, the win over the 8-1 Patriots. Lets rally it back Chiefs!

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Important win over an important team

From sports.yahoo.com
On a day dominated by offense, it took a defensive back to settle things.

Indianapolis star Peyton Manning had already thrown five touchdown passes when he lofted the ball into Kansas City's end zone with just under 2 minutes left Sunday. This time, the catch in the end zone belonged to Chiefs safety Greg Wesley, who returned the ball 65 yards to seal Kansas City's 45-35 victory.

``We didn't want it to have to happen that way,'' Wesley said. ``But they've got a powerful offense. We knew that coming in. We knew it wasn't going to be easy -- but the only thing that matters is that 'W.'

Kansas City's win broke a seven-game losing streak against the Colts (4-3), who didn't even have to punt in their 38-31 AFC divisional playoff victory over the Chiefs last season. Before Sunday, Kansas City (3-4) hadn't beaten Indianapolis since 1985 and had lost five straight to the Colts at Arrowhead Stadium.

So far this season, we have had some important wins, including the last. When we have lost, it has been by a small margin but if we want a chance this year, we will need to get the wins and stop settling for a close loss. I know that Holmes, the # 1 RB in the league, is good but we don't quite have the rest of the team to really back him up. We need to even out

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