Report Card: Lions vs. Chiefs

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


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.

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.

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.

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. Top Stories