PASSING OFFENSE: B-minus
Green put up some nice numbers -- 22 of 33 for 311 yards -- and moved the offense down the field consistently. But Morton's fumble at the Saints 15 and fall that led to an interception, together with the pick an under-pressure Green threw at the Saints 17 with 1:16 left in a one-touchdown game, were killers.
RUSHING OFFENSE: A
Blaylock's 33-186 effort as Holmes' stand-in was a marvelous first start and showed how effective the Kansas City blocking unit is in opening holes for any competent back. The only failure was the inability to score a touchdown on six snaps from the 5 in the first quarter, but four of the plays were passes.
PASS DEFENSE: D
Only a strong pass rush that rattled Aaron Brooks early wards off a failing grade here. When he did get time Brooks made huge momentum-turning throws of 57, 42 and 40 yards to Joe Horn. The 42-yarder was for the game-winning touchdown with 5 1/2 minutes to play. FS Jerome Woods was thinking run or short throw on the play and didn't give fellow safety Greg Wesley the deep help he needed. KC expects and deserves better play from its highly-priced safeties.
RUSH DEFENSE: D
McAllister, who's had only one 100-yard game thi year while running on some sore pins, might have run for 200 with more than 16 carries. The Saints didn't turn to him until the series at which point he tore off a 28-yard run to set the state for a 127-yard effort that produced a 7.9-yard average.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C
Dante Hall's 63-yard return of the opening kickoff set up a short KC TD drive to open the game. Lawrence Tynes hit field goals of 24 and 44 yards. Coverage was just OK.