Chiefs Chargers Report Card

Return man Dante Hall was bottled up by the Chargers. The X-Factor appears to be pressing as Hall seems more intent on breaking a long run instead of being more patient and taking what the opposing team is giving.

PASSING OFFENSE: C - Trent Green was just average in completing 17 of 30 mostly short passes for 155 yards with two TDs and two interceptions. He did a nice job of finding Tony Gonzalez twice in red-zone situations, but offset that by being stripped for a 14-yard yard loss (when Adrian Dingle beat Willie Roaf), then throwing an interception (Quentin Jammer's second) to kill a drive that reached a first-and-goal at the 2.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A - Holmes had his best game of the year in going 31-162 with two TDs. He looked like the Priest of old in carefully following his blockers, then hitting a hole with a burst or a change of direction to average 5.2 yards a carry.

PASS DEFENSE: C-plus - Excellent early in holding Doug Flutie to a mere 22 yards and a hideous 4.9 QB rating at intermission. But Flutie scrambling helped set up his passing game and he hit 13 of 22 second-half throws for 191 of his 213 yards.

Admittedly, 84 of those yards came against what Dick Vermeil called a "prevent-prevent" defense -- "It's looser than loose," he explained -- on a last-minute drive for a TD with no time showing. Flutie was sacked only once, though Greg Wesley got a huge pick late in the fourth quarter on a play from the Chiefs' 18 in a 28-17 game.

RUSH DEFENSE: C-plus - The Chiefs were doing a nice job in holding LaDainian Tomlinson in check when he had only 50 yards after his first 17 carries. But then Tomlinson broke loose for a 55-yard run, and suddenly KC faced a familiar lament -- one or two big plays ruining an otherwise solid effort.

Tomlinson finished with 19-106 and a 5.6 average, largely because of the one run that was the big play in a Chargers TD drive. Flutie added a chains-moving 53 yards on scramble. The Chiefs are still looking for a way to tackle him.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D-plus - Leon Johnson had season-long kickoff returns against the Chiefs of 60 and 53 yards. Punter Jason Baker continues to struggle; punting in beautiful 71-degree weather, he still shanked his first punt for only 25 yards and finished with a 37.8 gross average. This grade might be an F had not Dante Hall had a 45-yard kickoff return to midfield and Eric Downing partially blocked a Steve Christie field goal. Top Stories