Scouting Report: Kansas City Chiefs

Complete scouting report on Sunday's opponent: Kansas City.

Injury Report
OUT: LB Monty Beisel (groin); S Lyle West (foot) LB Mike Maslowski (knee) QUESTIONABLE: LB Quinton Caver (back); DT Eric Downing (groin); S Clint Finley (back); PROBABLE: RB Derrick Blaylock (knee); DE Eddie Freeman (toe); RB Priest Holmes (shoulder); LB Fred Jones (knee); WR Eddie Kennison (thigh); T Marcus Spears (foot); T John Tait (ankle); G Brian Waters (shoulder); DE Jimmy Wilkerson (knee)

QB- Trent Green
RB- Priest Holmes
FB- Tony Richardson
LWR- Johnnie Morton
RWR- Eddie Kennison
TE- Tony Gonzalez
LT- Willie Roaf
LG- Brian Waters
C- Casey Wiegmann
RG- Will Shields
RT- John Tait

LDE- Eric Hicks
RDE- Vonnie Holliday
LDT- John Browning
NT- Ryan Sims
WLB- Shawn Barber
MLB- Kawika Mitchell
SLB- Scott Fujita
LCB- Eric Warfield
SS- Greg Wesley
FS- Jerome Woods
RCB- Dexter McCleon
P- Jason Baker
K- Morten Anderson
KR- Dante Hall
PR- Dante Hall
LS- Kendall Gammon

Seemingly flawless on offense. The Chiefs can really rack up the points; they lead the league with an average of 29.8 points a game. That’s a lot, and they do it as a team. Last year the offense was Priest Holmes, while he still is a major part, the team has spread the ball around more this year, using their vast array of targets. The Chiefs can pass the ball at all phases of the football field. They can go deep to Kennison, over the middle to Morton or Gonzalez, or the always dangerous safety valve Priest Holmes in the flat. The offensive line is one of the best in the league, with standouts Willie Roaf and Will Shields providing great running lanes for Holmes. They are also a solid pass blocking team, allowing only 20 sacks thus far. Trent Green is one of top passers in the league and is a model of efficiency.

The Chiefs are improved defensively but they still are inadequate, ranking 31st in the league. The Chiefs rank 30th against the run, and are mediocre defending the pass, ranking 21st. However the amazing part of this defense is their ability to create turnovers. KC has picked 21 balls and forced 11 fumbles, which helps create points on the offensive side of the ball. The defense has scored three touchdowns of their own as well. The Chiefs are much better at rushing the passer, netting 30 sacks thus far. The defensive line and linebacking corp do a great, combined effort of rushing the passer, led by ends Vonnie Holliday and Eric Hicks who have combined for 9.5 sacks. For the linebackers it’s the speedy Shawn Barber with 5 sacks, and Scott Fujita with 4 respectively. This defense will give up its fair share of points, but they have the potential to swing games with their takeaways too.

Dante Hall makes this group special. Although he hasn’t taken one to the house in the past few weeks (o boo-hoo) he is still the biggest threat in the league. Hall gives this lethal offense great field position consistently and is, as you know, a home run threat every touch. The old timer Morten Anderson is still his accurate self, although he doesn’t have the big leg still, he is money inside the 50. Punting has been a big problem for KC this year; Jason Baker is averaging less than 40 yards a kick and has a horrible net average.

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