Chiefs Dash to 4-0

With a stifling Ravens defense and an opportunistic Chiefs defense, Kansas City won for the second week on the road 17-10 thanks to a 97-yard kick off return for a touchdown by Dante Hall. With the victory, the Chiefs face division rival Denver next week in Kanas City with first place in the AFC West on the line.

The Chiefs offense consisted of Johnnie Morton, a dash of Priest Holmes and a touchdown catch by Tony Gonzalez. The rest was pitiful and needs to be better if they want to beat Denver at home next Sunday.

But if the Chiefs want to get to the Super Bowl, they better discover a passing game and quick. If not for Hall and the bend don't break defense of the Chiefs, they would not be standing 4-0 and tied with Denver for tops in the AFC West.

The clash of the AFC titans should be an interesting game as both teams have questions entering their week five showdown. The Broncos had no running game against Detroit but Jake Plummer continues to befuddle the experts with a solid game throwing two more touchdown passes and he carried his team. For the Chiefs, Green once again struggled but at least he did not throw any interceptions.

As for the game, the Chiefs only managed three points in the first half. In the third quarter after two penalties cost the Ravens a touchdown on two separate plays, they had to settle for a short field goal that knitted the score at three.

After the game tying field goal, Green moved the Chiefs down the field thanks to a nifty reverse by Morton. After Holmes carried the ball to the one-yard line, Green found Gonzalez for a touchdown pass that put Kansas City up 10-3.

The Chiefs who had already intercepted rookie quarterback Kyle Boller once in the first half; did it again as Dexter McCleon picked off his first pass of the game thwarting another Ravens scoring drive in the end zone.

Kansas City could not capitalize and they gave the Ravens the ball back after a poor punt by Jason Baker. The Ravens abandoned their passing game and fed the ball to Jamal Lewis who ran it down the Chiefs throats to tie the score at 10-10.

On the ensuing kick-ff the Ravens bottled up Hall inside the twenty yard line. But Baltimore was off sides on the kick-off and they had to kick it again. Hall who had been dancing all day ran straight up the gut for 97 yards and sealed the victory for the Chiefs. It was the third return by Hall in as many weeks and that is an NFL record.

Kansas City held the Ravens on the next series by preventing them from getting a first down. But Kansas City returned the favor once again kicking the ball back to Baltimore. This time the Ravens turned the ball over as their return man failed to catch the ball. Marc Boerigter jumped on the ball for the Chiefs and all Kansas City had to do was run out the clock. Instead they lost eighteen yards running a reverse and an off tackle run.

After another punt, the Ravens moved the ball to midfield. With less than a minute to go, Boller tried for the third time to hit tight end Todd Heap on a long gain. For the third time and second time for McCleon the ball was intercepted and Kansas City secured their fourth win of the season.

In order for the Chiefs to win this Sunday against the Broncos, Kansas City must offensively regroup. They need to establish the run on Sunday and get the ball down field to their wide receivers. The Broncos have a weak secondary but probably possess the fastest group of linebackers in the NFL. Ian Gold has been a star and the Broncos intimidating defensive line could pose a bigger problem than the Ravens defense.

If the Chiefs don't solve their defensive line problems then the Broncos Clinton Portis, if he plays, could run for an NFL record. Plummer is off to a great start after faltering on opening day and Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan will not be intimidated by the Arrowhead crowd.

The one thing in the Chiefs favor this week is they've yet to put together a great offensive performance. After four weeks, they are due for a breakout game. In addition, Priest Holmes indicated before the season that he wanted to beat the Broncos.

It was the final Broncos game last year where Holmes suffered his hip injury. It was also the game that Dante Hall arrived in the NFL as a pass catcher. His two touchdown performance impressed the Broncos coaches and players.

If Green can get the offense cranking and the defense can stop the run, then Kansas City could be 5-0 for the first time in franchise history. A victory would leave them in sole possession of first place in the AFC West and keep their playoff hopes and home field advantage within their own destiny.


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