Steelers vs. Chiefs: Game Notes & Comments

With their 41-20 rout over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, the Chiefs continued some very positive trends.

*Will Shields played in his 161st consecutive game. He trails only the Packers Brett Favre and the Raiders Tim Brown in his current streak. For those of you who have forgotten, Shields is once again playing at an All-Pro level. If there is a better guard in the NFL, some e-mail me and tell me who that might be.

*The Chiefs are four games shy of tying their team record for consecutive games won at Arrowhead. They've won seven in a row dating back to the 2002 season and are setting their sites on smashing the record this year that currently sits at eleven; they set that mark in 1997 and 1998.

*The Chiefs have never lost a game when they score 40 points or more at home. With the questions mounting over the teams 2002 defense before the season started, Kansas City stands 15-0 in those contests and that streak appears safe with their 2003 defense playing at a Top 10 level. When the Chiefs offense scores 30 points or more at home they stand 30-2 all time. One of those losses occurred last year against the Broncos. It appears to me that a new streak might be in line for 2003; home record when they hold their opponents to 21 points or less. That streak currently sits at 2-0 and counting.

*The last time the Chiefs scored a touchdown via an interception and kick-off return in the same game occured back in the 1969 season against the Denver Broncos. Hall of fame linebacker Bobby Bell ran an attempted on-side kick back 53- yards and cornerback Emmitt Thomas picked off an errant pass for a 46-yard score. On Sunday, Dante Hall returned a kick-off 100 yards and safety Jerome Woods scored his first career touchdown as he caught a tipped ball and ran down the sidelines for 46-yards. The return by Woods also continued another streak. The Chiefs have scored at least one touchdown via an interception in 15 straight seasons dating back to the 1989 season.

*The last time the Chiefs attempted 35 or more rushing attempts was against the St. Louis Rams back in 2002 when they ran 37 times. Kansas City did not do a very good job balancing their offense. As they passed only 20 times but Green managed to complete 15 to his receivers. It should be noted; he completed two to the Steelers including one for a touchdown.

*Dante Hall now ranks second amongst Chiefs players with the longest punt return in franchise history. His 100-yard run is now second behind Nolan Smith who ran one back 106 yards against the Broncos in 1967. I would not be surprised if Hall breaks that record before his playing days are over in Kansas City. He lit the match that sparked the Chiefs come-from-behind victory on Sunday with his brilliant return.

*Eric Hicks sack of Tommy Maddox in the first quarter was his first of the year. He now has 31.5 sacks in his career. Ryan Sims recorded his first two sacks as a professional and Gary Stills added a fourth. It was the second most sacks the Chiefs defense have had in a game since they six against the Rams back in December of 2002.

*Jason Dunn scored only his sixth career touchdown on Sunday. He caught a huge three-yard pass on third and goal from Trent Green. Dunn is arguably the best blocking tight end in the game but he has soft hands and with Tony Gonzalez fighting nagging injuries teams will eventually have to keep an eye on Dunn in passing situations.

*Speaking of Tony Gonzalez did manage to get his 400th career catch. The Chiefs to avoid their offensive reliance on Priest Holmes need to get Gonzalez the ball. With the plethora of options the Chiefs offense has this season, it will be important for Gonzalez to get into the flow offensively. If he's catching passes, the Chiefs will have better success down field. So far this season, Green and company have been unable to complete long passes. They've relied on short crossing patterns and passes to Holmes out of the backfield.

*The Chiefs had not thrown an interception for a touchdown in the last 26 games. The one on Sunday and the one thrown 26 games ago were both caught and scored by Pittsburgh safety Chad Scott. He started the scoring on Sunday by returning an errant pass from Green for 26-yards and a 7-0 lead.

Chiefs play the Houston Texans on Sunday. It will be the Texans first home game of the season. They've split their first two road games by winning on opening day at Miami and losing on Sunday to the Saints in New Orleans. It should also be noted that Houston will be hosting the 2004 Super Bowl. The Chiefs will have plenty of focus this week knowing this is the stadium where the Championship dreams can be fulfilled.

Game Notes were provided by the Kansas City Chiefs. Comments were made by Nick Athan from Warpaint Illustrated.com


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