Chiefs Sputter to 10-7 Halftime Lead over Panthers

In what was a sloppy game on both sides of the ball, the Chiefs take a 10-7 halftime lead in their season opener against the Panthers in Arrowhead.

Kansas City entered Sunday's game with a plan to run the ball but came out firing the ball. Trent Green hit six of seven passes on the initial drive. After failing to convert on a third down and facing a fourth down with less than one yard to go, Chiefs Head Coach Dick Vermeil elected to shoot for a field goal. Lawrence Tynes came in and nailed a 33-yard field goal for a 3-0 Chiefs lead.

But the Panthers came back. Despite the fact they are playing without running back Stephen Davis and wide receiver Steve Smith, the Panthers went to their back-ups and moved the ball at will.

Behind DeShaun Foster the Panthers ground game chewed up yards as the defense once again showed an inability to tackle in the open field. But despite the Panthers success on offense they scored their first touchdown on a bit of luck.

Facing a second and goal from the four-yard line; Chiefs linebacker Monty Beisel blitzed from the left end and had Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme in his grasps, but the gritty quarterback threw a blind pass to Tight End Kris Magnum. That gave the Panthers a 7-3 lead.

On the next possession, the Chiefs offense went back to their bread and butter Priest Holmes. With a pass interference penalty on Panthers cornerback Ricky Manning, Jr., the Chiefs converted that mishap into a 1-yard touchdown run by Holmes. That's the fourth on the season for the Chiefs premier back.

Late in the second quarter the Chiefs defense played better and cornerback Eric Warfield made his sixteenth career interception stopping another Panthers drive. But the offense fizzled for both teams and Kansas City had to settle for a three point half time lead.

Halftime Notes:
Chiefs Wide receiver Eddie Kennison pulled a hamstring and he is out for the remainder of the game.

Cornerback William Bartee has a shoulder injury and could be out the second half.

Panthers right defensive tackle Kris Jenkins injured his shoulder and is not expected to return in the second half.


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