PASSING OFFENSE: B
Trent Green had a solid 107.5 QB rating that reflected some sharp throwing in the second half as he hit 13 of 21 for 290 yards and two second-half TDs. But he was sacked six times, a high for his career, by a Jaguars defense that had five sacks in five games coming in. Green lost the ball three times, though the Chiefs recovered.
RUSHING OFFENSE: D
Not even average. Priest Holmes had only five carries for 21 yards in the first half and Kansas City ended up with only 77 for the game. The biggest failure of an offensive line that is one of the best in football and a running back also among the elite came on the failure to get a first down when the Jags were out of timeouts in the final three minutes.
PASS DEFENSE: D
Byron Leftwich shredded the Chiefs when he needed to on the first and last drives of the game when he threw only two incompletions on 15 attempts in engineering two touchdown drives. He finished 24 of 36 for 298 yards with two TDs and no picks. His longest play, a 68-yard pitch-and-run to Fred Taylor, came when MLB Monty Beisel failed to pick up Taylor floating free out of the backfield. CB Dexter McCleon was simply awful on the Jacksonville drive for the last-minute TD. Four of seven passes in the drive went over him.
RUSH DEFENSE: B
A solid job in holding Taylor to 66 rushing yards and a 3.5-yard average. Jacksonville got only 101 for the game, with Leftwich contributing 25 on two scrambles and a QB draw he ran for a 7-yard TD.
SPECIAL TEAMS: D
Only the coverage teams, which were very solid, and some decent punting by Steve Cheek (42.4 gross, 33 net) prevent a failing grade here. Lawrence Tynes missed a point-after and a 42-yard field goal in the critical final 4:45 after KC took a 16-14 lead. Both misses were wide right. Dante Hall remains the Ex-Factor with only six yards on two punt returns and an average of a mere 15 yards on four kickoff returns.
Dick Vermeil will get second-guessed for his decision to attempt a 42-yard field goal -- especially when it missed -- when the Chiefs had a fourth-and-1 at the Jaguars 24 with 2:25 left in a 16-14 game. A first down there wins the game with the Jags out of timeouts. A failure means a 76-yard drive. The missed field goal cut the distance necessary for a game-winning field goal to a very reachable goal.