Holmes, Chiefs feast on Cardinals


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Whether this was the worst, second-worst
or 10th-worst loss in their team's long history hardly mattered to
the glassy-eyed young men in the somber Arizona dressing room.

Question on the Cards: What's happened to Dave McGinnins' squad the past six weeks?
The Cardinals have given up. There's no spark, no enthusiasm. QB Jake Plummer hasn't stepped up with big plays. It's embarrassing for a team to give up like that.

Question on the Chiefs: Do you see them playing "spoiler" against their fellow AFC West foes later this month?
Yes. They'll be a thorn in the side of some playoff-hopeful teams. No one wants to face Priest Holmes. I believe the AFC West is the toughest division in the NFL, and I see the Chiefs making some statements before the season is done.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

"I don't know if that makes it any more frustrating,''
defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch finally said. "It just doesn't get
any more frustrating.''

The Kansas City Chiefs, with a defense ranked dead last in the
NFL, shut out the injury-weakened Cardinals 49-0 Sunday. It's
believed to be the most lopsided loss ever for a franchise that's
played in three different cities, and in parts of three different

It also was the biggest margin in the NFL since the Cincinnati
Bengals beat the Houston Oilers 61-7 on Dec. 17, 1989.

"You've got to feel bad for those guys,'' Chiefs guard Brian
Waters said.

Dante Hall added a team-record 90-yard punt return for a
touchdown for the Chiefs (6-6), who sent the Cardinals (4-8) to
their sixth straight loss. Two Arizona quarterbacks totaled four
interceptions and got sacked five times.

Kansas City's Priest Holmes scored two touchdowns and had 169
total yards, personally eclipsing the 122 net yards of the hapless

"If I had known it was going to be like this, I wouldn't have
showed up,'' said Arizona left tackle L. J. Shelton. "But not to
score against that defense when we thought we could, that's

The Cardinals' previous worst loss was on Oct. 12, 1941, when
the Chicago Cardinals lost to the Chicago Bears 53-7. Records
aren't available between 1898, when the Cardinals were founded, and

"Any time you've got a one-sided loss like that, it has to go
directly to the head coach,'' said Arizona coach Dave McGinnis.
"And that's exactly what I told my players.''

It was the second-most lopsided win ever for the Chiefs (6-6),
behind only their 59-7 victory over Denver on Sept. 7, 1963.

"Every player on our team was caught in the moment,'' said
Chiefs' defensive end R-Kal Truluck.

"They in a tough situation,'' Waters said. "They're working
hard, but they've got a lot of guys hurt. You hate to see anybody
go down the way they've gone down. But this is the NFL.''

Many of the first-teamers, including both starting quarterbacks,
were removed in the third quarter after the Chiefs went ahead 42-0.

The Cardinals, who have given up 220 points during their
six-game slide, failed to score against a defense whose opponents
had been averaging 28.4 points.

The record-breaking TD came with 7:52 left when Todd Collins hit
Marc Boerigter with a 29-yard scoring pass.

"I'd like to apologize to Dave McGinnis about that last
touchdown,'' said Kansas City coach Dick Vermeil. "I don't think
it was a real good call, and if I had heard, I should have stopped
the call. I would just as soon not score, because I have a lot of
respect for Dave and his coaches.''

Jake Plummer threw three of the Cards' interceptions and was
14-of-31 for 88 yards before being replaced late in the third
quarter by Josh McCown.

Holmes, who came in leading the NFL with 1,209 yards rushing,
had 113 on 16 carries, including touchdown runs of 5 and 2 yards.
His 22 touchdowns this season are four short of the NFL record
Marshall Faulk set in 2000.

Holmes' first TD gave the Chiefs a 7-0 lead, then on the final
play of the first quarter, Hall fielded a punt on the 10, cut left,
and went up the middle almost untouched, breaking J.T. Smith's team
record of 88 yards.

"I got to midfield and saw about seven of my blockers and just
their kicker, so I knew I was going to score,'' said Hall.

Holmes took a short pass and went 41 yards a few minutes later,
and then Tony Richardson capped a 6-play, 75-yard drive with a
3-yard TD run.

The Chiefs then completed their 35-point first-half blitz with
two touchdowns in the final 1:14, on Holmes' 2-yard TD run and
Green's 23-yard scoring pass to Tony Gonzalez.

Green was 14-of-20 for 209 yards and two TDs and gave way to
Collins on the Chiefs' second possession of the third quarter.

The Cardinals, already weakened by injuries to wide receiver
David Boston and running back Thomas Jones, lost wide receiver
Frank Sanders to a sprained foot, and guard Pete Kendall to a
sprained knee in the first half.

Game notes
Holmes had his 14th 100-yard game with the Chiefs, tying
Christian Okoye's team record. ... Cardinals WR Nathan Poole, who
was working as a youth counselor three weeks ago, had his first
career receiving day. He finished with three catches for 35 yards,
with a long gain of 15 yards. ... Vermeil is 6-9 against the
Cardinals, but a Vermeil-coached team hadn't won since the
Philadelphia Eagles' 38-0 victory on Dec. 12, 1981.


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