Report card vs. Chiefs

Here are grades for the Green Bay Packers following their 40-34 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday:<p>

Here are grades for the Green Bay Packers following their 40-34 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday:

PASSING OFFENSE: B-plus -- Brett Favre (98.4 passer rating) was on fire for 2 1/2 quarters. His passer rating was 141.3. After that, Chiefs defensive coordinator Greg Robinson started to zone blitz on third downs and the passing game went kaput. Favre threw downfield better than he has all season. Wesley Walls took advantage of a good matchup against slow middle linebacker Mike Maslowski and had four catches for 64 yards, including 36 on an over route against Maslowski. The protection was solid, as always. Only one of the three sacks was charged to the offensive line. Favre's one bad pass and decision skimmed off Donald Driver's outstretched right hand and was returned 79 yards for a game-turning interception by safety Jerome Woods.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A-minus -- The only play that marred another gritty, powerful ground game was the fumble by Ahman Green in overtime. The line tore chunks out of the Kansas City defense all day long. Green powered 26 times for 139 yards and Najeh Davenport emerged from coach Mike Sherman's doghouse to rush six times for 43 yards. Guard Mike Wahle has to be one of the most impressive guards in the NFL. He is mobile, mean and always looks to finish. PASS DEFENSE: F -- Trent Green passed for 400 yards and had a passer rating of 111.3. He had no interceptions. Johnnie Morton (6-109) easily got the best of Al Harris, who couldn't keep up with his quick moves. When Mike McKenzie went out in the first half with a back injury, the Chiefs went to work on his replacement, Bhawoh Jue. Tony Gonzalez beat Jue for a 67-yard completion and Eddie Kennison got Jue on a stutter-and-go route for a 51-yard score. Marques Anderson played his second straight competitive game but also was beaten by Gonzalez for a 26-yard touchdown in man coverage.

RUSH DEFENSE: B -- Priest Holmes had just 40 yards in 13 carries during regulation time. Then coordinator Al Saunders called his number on the first nine plays of overtime and he got 41 yards against a tiring defense. Coordinator Ed Donatell shut down Holmes for long stretches with a series of well-conceived run dogs and run blitzes. It was a team effort. No one stood out.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- Dante Hall didn't score a touchdown. Whew! He did have punt returns of 30 and 32 yards. On the 30-yarder, he was all set to break 85 yards for a score when punter Josh Bidwell nailed him with an arm tackle in the open field. Kicker Ryan Longwell hit two of his eight kickoffs out of bounds but otherwise moved it around and kept Hall off balance. He returned four for a scant 13.5-yard average. Cletidus Hunt blocked a field goal. Antonio Chatman was solid on returns.

COACHING: B -- Offensive coordinator Tom Rossley remains on fire. The Packers drove 85, 74, 80 and 76 yards for touchdowns on their first five possessions. It was an incredible display of play-calling and design. Then the Chiefs started to zone blitz on third down and the Packers didn't have answers for it. On defense, coordinator Ed Donatell did a fine job scheming to blunt the Chiefs' run but never found a way to get any pressure whatsoever. New special teams coach John Bonamego found ways to keep Dante Hall out of the end zone.


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