The Only Numbers That Matter are 3 & 6

The Chiefs have some glossy offensive numbers -- No. 1 in total offense and rushing, No. 5 in passing, No. 3 in points scored. But coach Dick Vermeil, even though he takes great pride in having the top offense in football right now, knows that means squat when the only number that counts is 3-6.

"Talking about being the No. 1 offense can be self-serving," he admitted. "It doesn't mean anything if you don't win. Score just one more point than your opponents, then you're No. 1."

The Chiefs are less inclined to talk about their defensive numbers, which in many cases are actually worse than those posted by the 2003 defense of deposed defensive coordinator Greg Robinson.

Ranked 26th this week in yards allowed and 29 in scoring defense, the Chiefs have recorded only 10 takeaways (down from 29 after nine games a year ago) while giving up 36 big pass plays (20-plus yards) compared to only 26 last year at this time.

Peyton Manning put up 11 of those 20-plus plays, but lesser quarterbacks such as Tampa Bay's Brian Griese have six and Houston's David Carr five.

The most killing defensive numbers of all -- Kansas City has given up 238 points this year compared to only 150 after a 9-0 start last year.

Five members of the Chiefs offense were named to Sports Illustrated's mid-season All-Pro team. Linemen Willie Roaf and Will Shields, who have nine Pro Bowl appearances each, were joined by guard Brian Waters, who should get his first this year. KC's backfield tandem of Priest Holmes and Tony Richardson was selected. TE Tony Gonzalez was not, but remember, these guys are a 3-6 team.

BY THE NUMBERS:
1964 - The last time the Chiefs lost a home game to the Patriots, known as the Boston Patriots when they won that game in Kansas City's old Municipal Stadium.

400 Plus - The number of offensive yards the Chiefs have produced in each of their last four games. 2 -- The number of games they've won during the above offensive outburst.

QUOTE TO NOTE:
"You know what amazes me? You could be standing in the dome Sunday and talk to a guy on the moon, but you can't talk to the guy in the press box. It's absolutely freakin' ridiculous how you get those breakdowns." – Dick Vermeil, on being unable to communicate with his press box coaches during the Saints game in the Superdome.


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