With Priest Out Offense Struggled

It doesn't take a genius to know that the Chiefs offense is built around Priest Holmes. When Holmes left late in the third quarter of Sunday's 34-31 loss at Tampa Bay, the Chiefs tenacious offense collapsed.

Holmes exited the game on Kansas City's final drive of third quarter after suffering a knee contusion. The Chiefs All-Pro running back had been bothered by a hip-pointer and other various injuries throughout the week.

Down by three points with 3:42 left to play in the fourth quarter, Trent Green led the Chiefs offense down the field with second-year man Larry Johnson as the featured running back. Although Johnson gained 24 all-purpose yards on the final drive, the Buccaneers defense capitalized with Holmes watching from the sidelines.

Holmes' absence gave Tampa Bay the opportunity to play the pass first, and send extra men to pressure Trent Green. During the Chiefs final drive of the game, Green was sacked two times and fumbled once, although the Chiefs maintained possession after the loose ball.

On fourth down with 1:20 seconds to play and the Chiefs on their own 49-yard line, Tampa Bay defensive end Dewayne White sacked Green to seal the win for the Buccaneers.

Earlier in the fourth quarter Green threw an interception in the end zone after Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks knocked the quarterback's arm during a pass. Safety Dwight Smith made the pick, stalling the Chiefs drive. Kansas City committed three turnovers, while the Bucs committed zero.

The loss drops Kansas City to 3-5 at the halfway point of their season. The Chiefs visit New Orleans next Sunday. The Chiefs must correct things fast if they want to catch the two divsion leaders, San Diego and Denver.

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