Jets 7

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Chiefs 27

(1-0, 1-0 home)

1:00 PM ET, September 11, 2005


1 2 3 4 T
NYJ 0 0 0 77
KC 14 3 3 727

Top Performers

Passing: C. Pennington (NYJ) - 264 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: L. Johnson (KC) - 9 CAR, 110 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: C. Baker (NYJ) - 7 REC, 124 YDS, 1 TD

Chiefs turn up volume on defense, block out Jets

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Here's a switch: The Kansas City defense is apologizing for being imperfect, not for being awful.

The Chiefs' revamped defense -- the product of a busy, wheeling-and-dealing offseason -- came within 29 seconds of handing the New York Jets their first shutout in almost 10 years.

It was over when ...
Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson smacked the Jets with a one-two combination on the game's first series. Kansas City's backfield duo each broke off 35-yard runs, with Johnson's finishing in the end zone. The quick score electrified the crowd, and New York never found its footing.
Game ball goes to ...
the Chiefs defense. Much-maligned last season, the Chiefs defenders made a statement Sunday, forcing seven fumbles and three turnovers. The Chiefs, who held the Jets to 57 yards rushing, nearly collected a shutout if not for a late touchdown with 29 seconds left.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen This Chiefs' defense played with a lot of aggressiveness and played a lot of man coverage -- and less of the finesse that seemed to mark their defense in the past. That's going to be a big complement to the Chiefs offense because now the pressure of having to put up 35-plus points a game is off them. Offensively we saw a different Chiefs team with Larry Johnson and Priest Holmes tearing up the Jets defense in tandem. Johnson finished with over 100 yards and two touchdowns; Holmes didn't go over 100 yards in rushing but he still proved to be a dangerous all-around threat. Eric Allen

A 27-7 victory Sunday over the mistake-prone Jets proved a major pick-me-up for a defense which the past three years has never finished higher than 29th.

"We really wanted that shutout at the end. I know our fans did, too," said defensive end Eric Hicks, who blocked a field goal attempt when rookie Mike Nugent slipped. "I'm sorry we couldn't get it for them."

Kansas City started fast on offense, too -- Larry Johnson rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries and Priest Holmes added 85 yards and a touchdown.

Spurred on by newcomers like Sammy Knight, Patrick Surtain and Derrick Johnson, the new-look defense forced seven fumbles and recovered two. Chad Pennington was sacked three times and intercepted once.

Curtis Martin was held to 57 yards on 20 carries -- 139 fewer than he had in last year's season opener against Cincinnati en route to the NFL rushing title.

"There's nothing like having talent," said head coach Dick Vermeil. "Our draft and free agency were good, and then the maturity of the kids that were already here blended together. Talented athletes make more tackles than average athletes."

Backup Jay Fiedler enabled the Jets to avoid their first shutout since Dec. 24, 1995, when he hit Chris Baker on a 23-yard touchdown pass with 29 seconds to go.

"I wish we could have made more of a game of it, but it wasn't," said Jets coach Herman Edwards. "They took us behind the woodshed and whupped us."

On their first three possessions, the Chiefs had touchdown drives of 75 and 95 yards and a 41-yard field goal. Holmes had a 35-yard run on the first drive, then Johnson, who is challenging him for playing time, finished it off with a 35-yard dash into the end zone.

"Willie Roaf pulled and that's all it is," said Johnson, who marked his sixth consecutive game with two or more TDs. "You've got two linemen out there and not too many (defensive backs) can stand their ground against two linemen."

Roaf, the Chiefs' 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle, later went out with what Vermeil said was a hamstring injury. By the end of the half, defensive tackle Ryan Sims was out with a foot injury and Surtain was on the sideline with a concussion following a 53-yard interception return. Pro Bowl fullback Tony Richardson also left the game with a mild knee sprain.

"Hopefully the guys we lost today will be back soon and be back at full strength," Vermeil said. "We probably won't have (Roaf) for next week."

Pennington, coming off shoulder surgery, also had several passes dropped, including one by Laveranues Coles that might have gone for a touchdown in the second half.

"The opportunity was there to get the momentum going in our favor, and I pretty much let the team down," Coles said. "I just have to go back to work this week and try to make up for it."

Johnson also had 54 yards on five runs in a 66-yard march that made it 27-0 on the first play of the fourth quarter. His 23-yard run put the ball on the 4, and he took it in on the next play.

The Jets were hurt by more kicking woes, bringing back bad memories of the two missed field goals in a three-point loss to Pittsburgh in last year's playoffs. Nugent, drafted in the second round out of Ohio State, slipped while attempting a 28-yard field goal and Hicks blocked the low-trajectory ball.

Trent Green, who underwent vascular surgery on his left leg on Aug. 30, connected on his first eight passes but wound up just 15-for-26 for 200 yards. Pennington was 21-for-34 for 264 yards.

Holmes scored on a 3-yard run on the Chiefs' second possession, a 95-yard drive on which Green completed all six of his passes for 87 yards. Lawrence Tynes added field goals of 41 and 38 yards for the Chiefs, both coming after Jets fumbles. ^Notes:@ The Chiefs held a moment of silence before the game for former coach Hank Stram and former punter Jerrel Wilson, who died during the offseason. ... The Chiefs will wear a decal bearing Stram's initials on their helmets. ... Former Australian Football League star Ben Graham, 31, the oldest rookie ever to start an NFL season, punted three times for a 44.3-yard average. The Jets lost their seventh straight road game in which they had an even or negative turnover ratio.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1923
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays7061
Total Yards390389
Yards per play5.66.4
Total Drives1012
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-40-5
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

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Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

kcTD13:46Larry Johnson, 35 yd run (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 75 yds, 1:09
kcTD3:12Priest Holmes, 3 yd run (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 95 yds, 6:49
kcFG12:06Lawrence Tynes 33 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 56 yds, 2:54
kcFG4:17Lawrence Tynes 31 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 19 yds, 1:58
kcTD15:00Larry Johnson, 4 yd run (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 66 yds, 12:07
nyjTD0:34Chris Baker, 23 yd pass from Jay Fiedler (Mike Nugent kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 88 yds, 1:30