Report Card: Lions vs. Chiefs

Chiefs offense was nearly perfect while the Kansas City defense made some strides against the Lions.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

PASSING OFFENSE: A
Trent Green posted the second perfect QB rating of the year (158.3, tying Peyton Manning for the only such game recorded this year) on the basis of 20-of-25 accuracy for 341 yards and 3 TDs without a pick. His offensive line gave him excellent time to throw and TE Tony Gonzalez made him took good on TD catches of 27 and 9 yards when he want through defenders and over defenders to catch balls not many receivers would have gotten. Gonzo finished with a 6-93 day, his second-best game of the season.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A
Priest Holmes' number weren't awe-inspiring -- 18 carries, 94 yards -- but he was at his best when getting a sniff of the goal line. He beat Lions linebackers and corners to the corner on TD runs of 19 and 9 yards before hammering through the middle for a third score from 3 out. Holmes added 42 more by taking five check-down pass for big gains. Backup Derrick Blaylock rushed for only 7 yards, but he also turned five mostly short passes into a career-high 106 receiving yards. Larry Johnson averaged 6.5 yards on his four carries. PASS DEFENSE: B
Joey Harrington completed 20 of 36 tries for 197 yards with one interception on a ball that bounced off Cory Schlesinger's hands and into those of Kawika Mitchell. He wasn't sacked or especially well pressured, either, and he was victimized by a dropped touchdown by Bill Schroeder.

RUSH DEFENSE: C
Take away the 39-yard run Shawn Bryson got from deep in his own end in mop-up time and the Chiefs average a respectable 3.4 a rushing average. But you don't just wipe out big runs; they've been killing the Chiefs all year. On a day when the Chiefs wanted redemption after playing miserable rushing defense against Denver, giving up 137 yards to Detroit's awful running game was not a good performance.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D
Kickoff coverage was awful. Jason Baker's kickoffs were generally how and short in the 29-degree weather. Lions returner Reggie Swinton had kickoff returns of 41 yards to set up a 57-yard scoring drive late in the first half, and 36 to set up a 56-yard TD drive in the third. K Morten Andersen's age (43) is starting to show on long kick attempts. The Chiefs sent Andersen out for a last-second 48-yard try at the end of the first half. It barely reached the goal line. Dante Hall once again was just one player removed from scoring his record-setting fifth return TD of the year, but Lions kicker Jason Hanson pushed him out of bounds after a 49-yard kickoff return.


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