After gaining just 25 nets yards passing and a fumble, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and the rest of the offense know they must rebound from last week's poor performance.
" I think I played 17 plays with nine of them being pass plays. Each play counts and we just didn't play as well as we needed to, Hasselbeck said, but we have a chance tonight to improve." Quarterback Trent Dilfer is expected to make his return to the playing field tonight and should be an emotional moment for fans and players.
Dilfer suffered a torn Achilles tendon in last seasons Dallas game and then suffered the death of his 9-year-old son during the off-season.
With the first three spots locked up between, Koren Robinson, Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram, the battle is between Alex Bannister, James Williams and Cedric Bonner for the playing time and a roster spot. Time is running out and some one needs to distance them.
Itulu Mili (knee) Jerramy Stevens (ankle) and Ryan Hannam (knee) have all loss practice and playing time. The bright spot is that the injuries are not serious and the three should push each all season long for playing time.
The defense continues to play decent and improve under defensive guru Ray Rhodes, despite injuries to key players. Chad Eaton is not expected for another three weeks; Lamar King (knee surgery) Chike Okeafor (high ankle sprain) Orlando Huff (knee), Tim Terry (concussion) and Isaiah Kacyvenski (ankle) are not expected to play against the Chiefs. The good new for Rhodes is that Randell Godfrey, Chad Brown, Norman Hand and Damien Robinson have all returned to the practice field.
Shawn Springs and Ken Lucas have had a solid summer and rookies Marcus Trufant and Ken Hamlin have been a pleasant surprise.
Rookie draftee, Josh Brown has been the only kicker in camp and seems to be on target.