1:00 PM ET, December 19, 2004
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- After three straight wins, the Kansas City Chiefs have to be careful not to pout about what might have been."What might have been was the 13-3 (record of) last year," said fullback Tony Richards. "But the thing that matters most is we're starting to come into our own."Taking advantage of numerous Denver mistakes, the Chiefs (6-8) romped to a 45-17 victory Sunday.
Broncos at Chiefs: Does Shanahan need a change of scenery?
The Broncos are a proud organization that hasn't really contended for a Super Bowl since John Elway retired. This organization isn't used to not making the playoffs, and I can't see the fans there being happy about that fact. The moves that Shanahan has made since Elway's retirement haven't worked out for the most part. He's hit the ten-year mark as a coach and it may be time for him to resign and take a year or two off to recharge his batteries. There would be no shame in him doing that and letting some fresh blood coach this proud organization.
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.
In his first extensive action, Parker caught three passes for 84 yards for the Chiefs. ... Reuben Droughns started at running back for Denver but had only four carries for 27 yards, giving way to Bell, who had nine for 50. ... Johnson's 151 yards against the Broncos matched the total recorded by the Chiefs' Priest Holmes in the season opener at Denver. Holmes is out for the season with strained knee ligaments. ... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Chiefs are the first team in NFL history with three different backs going over 150 yards in a game in one season. In addition to the big games by Johnson and Holmes against Denver, Derrick Blaylock rushed for 186 against New Orleans.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.0||6.6|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||0:13||DANTE HALL 97 YD KICKOFF RETURN (LAWRENCE TYNES KICK)||0||7|
|TD||10:11||LARRY JOHNSON 5 YD RUN (LAWRENCE TYNES KICK) |
Drive: 11 plays, 87 yds, 6:26
|TD||14:58||ROD SMITH 22 YD PASS FROM JAKE PLUMMER (JASON ELAM KICK) |
Drive: 9 plays, 64 yds, 4:47
|TD||5:24||EDDIE KENNISON 7 YD PASS FROM TRENT GREEN (LAWRENCE TYNES KICK) |
Drive: 6 plays, 44 yds, 2:34
|TD||10:54||LARRY JOHNSON 32 YD RUN (LAWRENCE TYNES KICK) |
Drive: 6 plays, 58 yds, 2:46
|FG||14:56||JASON ELAM 27 YD |
Drive: 9 plays, 70 yds, 1:47
|TD||6:49||SAMIE PARKER 48 YD PASS FROM TRENT GREEN (LAWRENCE TYNES KICK) |
Drive: 9 plays, 90 yds, 5:21
|TD||0:47||EDDIE KENNISON 18 YD PASS FROM TRENT GREEN (LAWRENCE TYNES KICK) |
Drive: 10 plays, 99 yds, 6:05
|FG||9:29||LAWRENCE TYNES 39 YD |
Drive: 5 plays, 46 yds, 1:12
|TD||10:47||GARRISON HEARST 4 YD RUN (JASON ELAM KICK) |
Drive: 6 plays, 61 yds, 1:18