Palmer: Chiefs Win 'Big Surprise'
You have to remember; the last time the Kansas City Chiefs
won a regular season game was in Week 7 of last year! The Broncos
boasted the NFL's highest scoring offense heading into the contest, but
ran into a roadblock against the hometown Chiefs. The Chiefs defense
continually stifled Jay Cutler and the Broncos offense, and forced four
big turnovers on the day.
What was most impressive was head coach Herm Edwards commitment to
getting back to solid and simple fundamental football, particularly on
offense. The Chiefs would "live or die" in this football game by the
legs of running back Larry Johnson. Johnson was the workhorse for the
Chiefs, carrying the football 28 times for 198 yards and 2 touchdowns.
I give Herman Edwards a lot of credit because it is easy to
constantly try and re-invent the wheel when a football team is
struggling. I think coaches sometimes try to invent new plays or
schemes to fix some of the blunders that have been occurring in the
past, rather than execute the basics.
TSN: Chiefs Acquire New Lease on Life
When trying to heal a dying patient, a complicated prescription is sometimes in order.
You don't have to tell that to the Kansas City Chiefs, who managed to
end those murmurs of 0-16 by coming up with an intricate formula to
down the previously unbeaten Denver Broncos on Sunday.
The first giant horse pill wears the No. 11 and goes by the name of
Damon Huard. The Chiefs had been mighty resistant to playing Huard,
even dating back to 2006 when they stuck a woozy Trent Green back in
the lineup ahead of the effective but aging journeyman. Last year, and
again at the beginning of this one, Kansas City tried to throw Brodie
Croyle and Tyler Thigpen in the lineup in the hopes of identifying
their quarterback of the future.
Only problem with that is that Brodie Croyle and Tyler Thigpen aren't
very good football players, and Huard, despite his advancing age (35)
and physical shortcomings, was and is the best quarterback on the
Kansas City roster.
Huard kept the Denver defense honest on Sunday by completing 21-of-28
passes for 160 yards with a touchdown, no turnovers, and just one sack
absorbed. During Herm Edwards' tenure, the Chiefs are now 10-10 in
games that Huard starts. The team's other quarterbacks are a combined
4-13, and all four of those wins are in St. Louis with Green. Go figure.
Tucker: Edwards: Snapping losing streak good for everybody
Going almost a year without winning can play tricks on a man's mind.
Just ask coach Herm Edwards, who had trouble sleeping Sunday night
after his Kansas City Chiefs halted a franchise-record 12-game losing
streak with a 33-19 victory over Denver.
"I kept asking my wife about 1 o'clock, 'We won, right?'" Edwards said Tuesday. "She said, 'Yeah, you won, honey.'"
first victory since Oct. 21, 2007, was especially important for the
raft of young players on the roster of the rebuilding Chiefs, Edwards
said. Coaches had noted that many of the rookies were beginning to
doubt whether they even belonged in the NFL after an 0-3 start that
included back-to-back blowout losses to Oakland and Atlanta.
think they were questioning themselves," Edwards said. "They were
questioning their talent. You can't question that. The way you overcome
that, you've got to just keep playing. Just play with energy. Just keep
going fast. Just keep playing hard."
Two-time Pro Bowler Larry
Johnson ran for 198 yards, but most encouraging for Kansas City's
long-term picture was the energy and verve displayed by rookies. Two
were given game balls. Dantrell Savage had a 51-yard kickoff return
that swung the fourth-quarter momentum back to Kansas City, and
cornerback Brandon Carr played well against Denver's high-powered
Four Downs: Johnson, Chiefs 'back to doing what we do best'
What a long, strange trip it's been. Attribute that to the Grateful Dead.
The Houston Texans endured a long, strange trip
of their own. It has come to an end and they are grateful but their
season may be, if not dead, mortally wounded.
They will at last play at home, the wandering
and 0-3 Texans. They'll host the NFL's latest home opener since 2001
when terrorist attacks caused the postponement of a week of the
league's schedule and pushed the first home date for four teams to the
Oct. 7-8 weekend. The Texans' originally scheduled home date with the
Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 14 fell victim to Hurricane Gustav's blitz of
the Gulf Coast.
The Texans, the first team since the 1991
Phoenix Cardinals to play three consecutive road games to start the
season, return to Reliant Stadium on Sunday against the Indianapolis
Colts. The game will be played with the building's damaged roof open.Shifting the Ravens game and their bye week, also the NFL's earliest
since 2001, give the Texans other schedule oddities. They'll be the
first team since the 1990 Cleveland Browns to play three consecutive
road games and four consecutive home games in the same season.
ESPN: Gonzalez questions Chiefs coaches after falling 3 yards shy of receiving mark
A disappointed Tony Gonzalez
wants to know why Kansas City coaches refused to throw a short pass his
way in the final minutes Sunday, leaving him 3 yards short of the
career tight end receiving record.
Gonzalez did have a 10-yard touchdown catch in a 33-19 victory over
Denver that snapped the Chiefs' 12-game losing streak. But he wanted to
set the receiving record in front of family and fans at Arrowhead
"I had my family out there. I wanted to do it in front
of the fans, in a home game," Gonzalez said. "It would have been a
great way to do it. I'm disappointed by that, for whatever reason my
number wasn't called at times."
Coach Herm Edwards said the Chiefs didn't want to take a chance by throwing the ball late in the game.
"After it was a two-possession game, we never got the ball back," Edwards said.
likely will get the record this week at Carolina, far from the fans who
chanted "Ton-Y, Ton-Y" when he lay on the ground, the wind knocked out
of him, after making the touchdown catch that stretched the NFL TD
record for tight ends to 68.
Chiefs buck their losing trend
It didn't seem like 11 months to Brian Waters since Kansas City's last victory.
seemed like 10 years," said the veteran left guard, grinning ear to
ear. "It's a sigh of relief to be able to have a little bit of joy in
Larry Johnson ran for 198 yards and two touchdowns to
lead the previously winless Chiefs past the previously unbeaten Denver
Broncos, 33-19, yesterday at Arrowhead Stadium, snapping a
franchise-record 12-game losing streak.
The Chiefs had not won
since Oct. 21, 2007. Until Nick Novak kicked the first of his three
field goals in the first quarter, they hadn't even held a lead since
halftime against Tennessee Dec. 16 - a span of 22 quarters.
Broncos (3-1) put up numbers befitting the highest-scoring team in the
league. Jay Cutler threw for 361 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown
to Brandon Marshall. But he also was intercepted twice, and the Broncos
gave up two fumbles.
NFL Scores Week 4: Larry Johnson Runs Kansas City Chiefs Over Denver Broncos for First Win
Johnson ran for 198 yards and two touchdowns, Damon Huard was 21/28
passing for 160 yards and a touchdown and the Kansas City Chiefs (1-3)
defense forced four turnovers to beat the Denver Broncos (3-1) 33-19 on
Nick Novak gave the Chiefs a 6-0 lead after the first quarter with a pair
of field goals but Jay Cutler put the Broncos in front early in the
second with a 16-yard toss to Brandon Marshall for a 7-6 advantage.
Kansas City then turned to Johnson deep in Denver territory and he
punched it in from a yard out to give the Chiefs a 13-7 lead.
Gonzalez to break NFL's tight end receiving record
Something a fresh-faced NFL rookie said in 1997 caused a crusty old veteran to "go nuts."
"I told them I didn't think you had to be a violent person to play
football," recalled Tony Gonzalez. "He said, 'What are you talking
about? Of course you have to be violent to play this game.' I told him
I didn't consider myself a violent person."
Eleven years later, on the verge of becoming the most productive
tight end in NFL history, Gonzalez seems to have put that argument
forever to rest, and ignited another:
Is he the greatest tight end ever?
On Sunday against the Denver Broncos, he needs just 50 yards to
overtake Shannon Sharpe's record of 10,060 yards receiving. Already in
his possession are the tight end records for touchdown catches (67) and
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