CHIEFS REPORT CARD
PASSING OFFENSE: D
Trent Green, just a week after posting a perfect QB rating (158.3) in a win over Detroit, hit only 4 of 14 passes during one stretch when Kansas City was getting outscored 31-0. Maybe things would have been different had KC scored on its first drive, but Eddie Kennison fumbled at the Vikings' 18 after a 32-yard pass was knocked away by Minnesota's Brian Williams, who was illegally out of bounds at the time he hit the ball. Naw, Green's 18 of 38 inaccuracy and two INTs with no TDs set up a 44.2 QB rating -- hardly winning football on the road.
RUSHING OFFENSE: C
Priest Holmes' had only five carries for 16 yards in the first half when KC fell behind 24-0. That's not a winning formula for the Chiefs. Things picked up in the third quarter when Holmes started his run to three straight touchdowns and a final total of 55 yards, but that was still his second-lowest total of the year. His worst was a 44-yard day in the 45-27 loss to Denver. Starting to see a pattern here?
PASS DEFENSE: F
Daunte Culpepper's 20-of-29 accuracy for 260 yards and three TDs came about in large part because he caught the Chiefs often with single coverage on Randy Moss (7-111, 2 TDs). Things got started bad for KC on Minnesota's first series when CB Eric Warfield mistimed a corner blitz, pulled back, then came anyway. That left safety Greg Wesley trying in vain to prevent a 30-yard first-series TD pass to Moss.
RUSH DEFENSE: F
Minnesota rookie Onterrio Smith poured through the Swiss Cheese Defense for 146 yards and a 7.0 average helped by his 47-yard breakaway run -- the 11th run of 25 or more yards this year against the Chiefs, who've given up five runs of 45 or more yards in the past four games. The Vikings had 223 yards with a 5.7-yard average as a team.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C
Minnesota was outstanding not only in holding Dante Hall in check, but in basically knocking him out of the game. Officially, Hall was cramping, but he was hurting plenty after getting pounded on several hits. Eddie Kennison had a nice 46-yard punt return to set up a TD. Kickoff coverage gave up a huge play after the Chiefs closed to 31-20 with 10:05 remaining. Minnesota returned the ensuing kickoff 31 yards to the 40 and got a 15-yard roughing penalty for good measure. Five plays later, Minnesota was up 38-20.
One Vermeil post-game quote says it all. "I thought we could match their intensity," he said of the Vikings, who faced a must-win situation. "Maybe I was naive."