Everyone worried about a letdown for the Chiefs after their bye week. But Kansas City punctuated their ninth consecutive victory by playing a solid consistent game in picking apart the Browns both on offense and defense.
Trent Green continues his solid play. He threw three touchdowns and passed for 368 yards. But it was Priest Holmes who carried the offense in the first quarter. Holmes who ended up rushing for 92 yards, scored his first touchdown of the day on a 1-yard run making the score 7-3 Chiefs.
Later in the first period, Holmes scored again this time from 9-yards out and giving the Chiefs a 14-3 lead. But the Browns did not lie down. They fought back in the second quarter. After a pass interference penalty on Greg Wesley, the Browns scored on James Jackson 1-yard run that cut the Chiefs lead to 14-10.
Kansas City came right back as Green found tight end Tony Gonzalez on 14-yard pass that could have been the knock out blow. But again the Browns came back trailing 21-10. After the Chiefs defense stopped the Browns, they punted to Dante Hall.
But Hall was unable to field the ball as it hit the Chiefs gunner William Bartee. The Browns recovered and quarterback Kelly Holcomb found R.J. Bowers for a two-yard scoring strike that shrunk the Chiefs lead to 21-17.
The Chiefs were unable to get back into the end zone but came close with Dante Hall. After the Browns touchdown Hall weaved and dazzled the Browns and nearly scored his record sixth return of the season. But the Browns knocked him down and Hall settled for a 77-yard return. Morten Andersen kicked the first of two second half field goals and the Chiefs took a 27-17 half time lead.
In the second half the Chiefs offensive continued to move the ball. Green found a wide open Johnnie Morton up the seam for a beautiful 28-yard touchdown pass making the score 34-17. The Browns added a field goal later in the quarter and held hope they could rally only down 34-20.
But the Chiefs would have none of that. Green threw his best pass of the day hitting Eddie Kennison on a fourth down play for a picture perfect 27-yard strike that made the score 41-20.
This was also a banner day for the Chiefs defense. They held Holcomb to 149 yards on 19 of 27 passing. Even more impressive was their run defense. The Chiefs held the Browns to only 82 yards rushing. The Browns were without William Green who was suspended but still James Jackson showed some elusiveness and the defense had to continue to be aggressive.
But the key stat of the day was the fact that the Chiefs converted 12 out 16 third down attempts. They were also converted their only fourth down attempt that was on the touchdown pass to Kennison.
The Chiefs now have a four game division lead on the Denver Broncos who were idle this week. They go back on the road three out their next four weeks. They'll face the suddenly surging Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals defeated the Houston Texans 34-27. After the game the Bengals home crowd could be heard chanting, ‘Bring on the Chiefs.' Well the 4-5 Bengals will get their chance next Sunday at home in what be the biggest game in Bengals history.
The Chiefs can't go into this game over confident. It's not likely going to happen and the success of the Bengals this season has not gone unnoticed. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has the team playing a high level.
For the Chiefs, the beat continues, nine wins and counting as they continue to march toward the playoffs, home field advantage and the Super Bowl.