MLB Mike Maslowski, a starter, could miss the first game after the bye against Cleveland after injuring a knee against Buffalo, Vermeil said Monday. Maslowski, who also sustained a mild head trauma against the Bills, left Arrowhead on crutches Sunday evening. On Monday he was still using crutches, though Vermeil said his injury was not as bad as the club initially feared.
QB Trent Green was impressive in amassing a 101.2 quarterback rating in the 38-5 romp over Buffalo, but what might have been more impressive to his teammates was the block he threw on Bills CB Nate Clements to free Priest Holmes for a 15-yard field-reversing touchdown. "I came around the corner and saw Priest cutting back," Green said. "One (guy) was wearing 51 and one was 22, and I knew there was no way I was hitting (LB Takeo) Spikes. I went for the corner."
CB Dexter McCleon, who was written off as a corner in St. Louis when the Rams tried to convert him to a safety, led the AFC in interceptions before the Monday night game with five after getting one of Kansas City's five picks in the 38-5 rout of Buffalo. The Chiefs extended their NFL-best interception count to 18. They also lead the league in takeaways with 27, eight more than runner-up Minnesota.
QUOTE TO NOTE: - "Nice block. Don't do it again." -- Chiefs RT John Tait to QB Trent Green after Green threw his body in front of Bills CB Nate Clements to free up Priest Holmes for a fourth-quarter touchdown in Kansas City's 38-5 rout of Buffalo.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL REPORT CARD VS. BILLS
PASSING OFFENSE: A - Trent Green and Dante Hall got the Chiefs out of a quick 2-0 hole against Buffalo with a lightning-quick 67-yard TD strike in which Green hit Hall running in full stride over the middle. Green went on to complete 20 of 35 passes for 273 yards -- 209 by halftime when KC led 28-5 -- and two TDs without an interception. Hall had 107 yards on a mere four catches by halftime. Pass protection was excellent as Green was not sacked.
RUSHING OFFENSE: B - Priest Holmes averaged 5.5 yards in running for 83 yards on only 15 carries as the Chiefs went airborne against the Bills.
PASS DEFENSE: A - Drew Bledsoe and the Bills fell behind in the count early and the Chiefs were waiting when they had to come back firing. KC got five picks (two by Eric Warfield, solos by Dexter McCleon, Jerome Sims and nose tackle Ryan Sims, dropping into coverage on fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line) and three sacks. Good pressure on Bledsoe also forced some bad, hurried throws.
RUSH DEFENSE: C - Travis Henry's 124 rushing yards and 5.6-yard average look impressive, but he had only 37 in the first half when the Chiefs built a 28-5 lead at intermission. The Chiefs gave up the big runs late while concentrating on pass defense.
SPECIAL TEAMS: D - The team's high point of the season was a low point of the night. Kansas City gave up a first quarter safety when Pierson Prioleau blocked a Jason Baker punt out of the end zone. When he did get a punt way, Baker didn't exactly boom it as evidenced by his 37-yard gross and net. Dante Hall had only three chances in the punting game. He fair caught one, saw another bounce out of bounds and another sail into the end zone, but the Chiefs were stuck with drives starts at the 10, 20 and 13. Morten Andersen's 49-yard field goal limped to the crossbar, hit and bounced through.