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Priest's line: 156 total yards, two TDs

9/21/2003

HOUSTON (AP) -- It didn't take much for the Texans to go from
within striking distance of the Chiefs to being blown out.

A penalty at a key moment, a fumble deep in their own territory
and a special teams breakdown all led to Kansas City touchdowns
Sunday and helped send the Texans to a 42-14 defeat, their second
consecutive loss.

Question on the Chiefs: Should K.C. incorporate Dante Hall more into the offense or would that be a dangerous move?
No, they have a great offense and it's not a good idea to upset its balance. Hall is doing a great job on special teams and should stay there until further notice.

Question on the Texans: How can the Texans establish some consistent offense?
They should follow the blueprint from last season and play good defense and ball-control offense. If they can establish a running game, they'll be able to stay competitive.

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

"I know we're capable of a lot better," Houston coach Dom
Capers said.

"It got out of hand quick," quarterback David Carr added.

Rookie receiver Andre Johnson pulled down a pass from Carr to
complete a 43-yard scoring play with 5:47 to go in the first half
to tie the score at 7. But that was as close as Houston would get
as the Chiefs (3-0) scored 35 points before Johnson added a second
TD on a 4-yard pass play from Tony Banks with 1:54 to go in the
game.

The defeat was so complete Carr was pulled from a game for the
first time, ending a string of 1,123 consecutive snaps, turning
over quarterback duties to Banks after Shaunard Harts returned an
interception 39 yards for a TD with seven minutes remaining in the
fourth quarter.

"At that point, it didn't matter that much to me," Carr said
of his departure.

With the score tied at 7, the Texans (1-2) stopped the Chiefs on
third down at the Houston 15. But instead of forcing Kansas City to
settle for a field goal, cornerback Kenny Wright was flagged for
roughing quarterback Trent Green, giving the Chiefs a first down at
the Houston 5. Three plays later, with 19 seconds left in the first
half, Priest Holmes ran for a touchdown to give the Chiefs a 14-7
lead.

"The quarterback did a good job of faking," Wright said. "I
didn't even hit him. I'm feeling sick right now because it was a
crucial play. "

"We had the penalty at the end of first half," Capers said.
"The score should have been 10-7... In the third quarter, we went
out a fumbled the football and everything turned around. The game
got away from us."

The fumble was by running back Tony Hollings and was recovered
by the Chiefs' cornerback Dexter McCleon at the Houston 32. It took
just three plays for the Chiefs to score again when Green connected
with Eddie Kennison on a 15-yard pass play to make it 21-7.


Chat with Chiefs RB Priest Holmes at halftime of Monday Night Football on September 22!

"Any time you turn the ball over, against any team, but
especially against a team like Kansas City, with the offense they
have, you can't give them the field position we did," Capers said.
"The thing is you have to learn to protect the ball."

"Right when I was about to get into the hole, it happened,"
Hollings said. "It was a great hit but I should have held on to
the ball."

On the next possession, the Texans went three plays and out,
with Chad Stanley's 42-yard punt on fourth down fielded at the
Kansas City 27 by Dante Hall, who played at Texas A&M. Hall scooted
virtually untouched the length of the field -- 73 yards -- to give
the Chiefs a 28-7 advantage.

The rout was on.

"A guy like Dante Hall, you have to have people tackle him,"
Capers said. "You don't want to get in a one-on-one situation with
him."

Ex-Texas Longhorn Holmes, from San Antonio, finished with 156
total yards and two touchdowns. For Hall, the touchdown was his
fifth punt or kickoff return for a touchdown in his last eight
games.

Holmes' backup, Derrick Blaylock, scored on a 20-yard TD run in
the final quarter, the first of his career.

Johnson was one of Houston's few bright spots, catching seven
passes for 102 yards and two scores.

The Chiefs went to the air early as Green guided them down the
field on their second possession, gaining 31 yards on an outlet
pass to Holmes to the Houston 6. Holmes scored on the next play,
sprinting around the right end and into the end zone.

Two possessions later, the Chiefs were threatening again when
Texans linebacker Charlie Clemons tipped Green's pass and
cornerback Marcus Coleman leaped for his third interception of the
season.

Houston drove past midfield when Carr hit rookie Johnson in
stride for a 43-yard scoring play, capping the longest TD drive in
the team's short history.

"I felt like we were doing some decent things in the first
half," Carr said. "They just came out and shut us down."

"I don't know what it was," safety Eric Brown said. "We
played a good first half but in the second half we've been letting
down. When you have a foot on people's throats, you've just got to
keep them down."