Chiefs Are Anything But Lucky This Year

As if his players weren't steamed enough at media suggestions that they'd been lucky or something less than impressive in posting a 7-0 record, Dick Vermeil invited <I>ESPN</I> analyst Joe Theismann to address the Chiefs prior to their Nationally Televised Sunday night game against Buffalo.

Tight end Tony Gonzalez has taken exception to the media and their take the Chiefs have been lucky. Gonzalez was not happy that ESPN commentator address the team last Friday after practice.

"He talked about how we were 7-0 but hadn't really done anything special," reported Tony Gonzalez. "He really kind of pissed us off."

In Other Chiefs News & Notes:
The Chiefs lost their first coin toss of the season when Buffalo correctly called heads before the Sunday night game.

Kansas City was 8-0 in flips prior to that. They'd won seven pre-game tosses and the one to start the overtime in their victory at Green Bay. The first lost flip of the season didn't turn out to be an omen, however.

Not that Vermeil doesn't believe in omens. Especially ones that work in his favor. On the Saturday night before his defense forced seven turnovers against the Bills, a Vermeil family friend from St. Louis visited and for dessert prepared -- you guessed it -- apple turnovers. "There were more than seven, though," Vermeil reported.

Chiefs By The Numbers: 10 The number of teams to open a season 8-0 since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.8 The number of those 8-0 teams that advanced to the Super Bowl that year.
6 The number of those 8-0 teams that went on to win the Super Bowl.
18 Kansas City's interception total at the halfway point, a number that matches their total for all of 2002.

Quote To Note: "I guess we all have a rabbit's foot or something. Maybe we have a whole rabbit in our back pocket." Defensive end Vonnie Holliday, scoffing at suggestions that the Chiefs were somehow lucky to be 7-0 prior to their 38-5 nationally televised dismantling of Buffalo.

Strategy/Personnel/Injury Newes:
MLB Mike Maslowski could miss the Cleveland game on Nov. 9 after injuring his knee in the win over Buffalo. The injury was not as severe as the Chiefs initially feared, but it likely will take much longer than a bye week for Maslowski to heal.

KR Dante Hall didn't get a punt to return against Buffalo. Bills punter Brian Moorman, who played collegiately in Kansas at Division II Pittsburg State, punted out of bounds once, into the end zone once and held Hall to a fair catch on a third occasion. But Hall still leads the NFL with a 21.0 punt return average, and his four kick returns ties a league record held by eight other players for single-season return TDs.

FS Jerome Woods has three interceptions, but is the only player in the league this year to return two of them for touchdowns.

SLB Scott Fujita, in just his second season as a starter, had a career-high 18 tackles against Buffalo. A player who has contributed greatly to the turnaround of the Chiefs defense this year, Fujita leads the Chiefs with 81 tackles and his four sacks are tied for the team lead with DE Vonnie Holliday, who got three in the season opener against San Diego.

RB Priest Holmes now has 12 rushing touchdowns -- more than any NFL team. Holmes leads the NFL in scoring with 72 points. Top Stories