Holmes Named AFC Player of the Week

The good news keeps rolling in for the Kansas City Chiefs; yesterday afternoon running back Priest Holmes was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Superman was all-world on Monday Night as he put his team on his back and vaulted them back in the AFC West race.

Holmes is no stranger to the award it is sixth all-time and his fifth since becoming a Chief in 2001. The running back is just one away from tying the Kansas City record for most player of the week honors held by hall of famer Joe Montana. Holmes is currently leading the NFL in rushing yards with 476, and is tied for the league lead in points for non-kickers with 36.

Three things happened in Monday's game, first it was Holmes' third 100-yard game this season and it snapped Baltimore's nine game streak of not allowing a running back to get 100-yards. He is also the only Chiefs running back to amass 5,000 yards rushing.

"What can you say about Priest Holmes? He's a football player, a great football player." Head coach Dick Vermeil said. "To do what very few in the National Football League do – to go to 5,000 yards in less than full five seasons is remarkable and a positive reflection on my coaches and the offensive line."

It was not all good news yesterday for the Chiefs; they released punter Jason Baker. Baker, who played in two games this season and averaging just under 38-yards a punt, he also had two punts inside the 20 yard line.

It is assumed punter Steve Cheek will replace Baker on the roster just as he did when he beat him out in training camp. However Cheek has missed the last two games because of a muscle injury he suffered running wind sprints in practice.

After the win the Chiefs now get a much needed week off before they get ready to play the AFC South leading Jacksonville Jaguars. Jaguars are 3-1 and are tied with the Indianapolis Colts for first place after Indy's 24-17 win on Sunday afternoon.

The Jaguars are this year's surprise team in the league, after three come from behind wins. Against the Colts they had a chance to come back again, but a missed ball spot cost the Jags the win.

If the Chiefs can get bye Jacksonville in two weeks, they'll follow up that game with the critical home games. NFC South leading Atlanta Falcons who are led by the widely talented Michael Vick and a Halloween date with Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts comeback to Arrowhead for showdown that the Chiefs hope will vault them back into the AFC West race.

The schedule did not get much easier for the Chiefs, after their 1-3 start. But if Kansas City wants to become a legit threat again in the AFC they are almost in a must win situation from here on out. Monday's victory was a great first step.


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