Green shows moxie
Its getting difficult to not call the 2003 Kansas
City Chiefs a team of destiny.
Trailing 31-14 entering the fourth quarter at Lambeau
Field is an automatic loss for any other team in the league.
But this Chiefs team refuses to quit. Ever. They have
taken on the personality of their never-say-die QB Trent
Green, and after six weeks are unquestionably the best
team in the NFL. All they did Sunday was stroll into Lambeau,
sleepwalk through three quarters, then shift gears and
dominate the Green Bay Packers in their own crib throughout
the fourth quarter and in overtime.
Trent Green outplayed Brett Favre, who was unstoppable
for three quarters.
But while Favre struggled in the fourth quarter, Green
dominated. Green proved all the critics wrong on Sundayproving
that if he needs to, he can put an offense on his back
and carry them.
While Favre went 4 of 8 for a mere 18 yards and a huge
interception that was returned for a touchdown in the
fourth quarter, Green put up some pretty impressive numbers.
Including the overtime period, he led the Chiefs to 26
points, with a 10 of 18 passing for 210 yards and the
game winning TD. Brett Favre is one of the toughest, gutsiest
QBs in the NFL.
Green may not match Favre in arm strength, but the Chiefs
QB definitely is just as tough and just as resilient.
Trent Green has moxie, and he proved that on Sunday.
This game drained everyone who watched it, and the memo
pad is packed.
The X-Man Johnnie Morton saved this
game with his first half performance. He abused and owned
Packers CB Al Harris and was the main reason the Chiefs
didnt falter after falling behind 14-0.
Tony Gonzalez redeemed himself, but he dropped
three sure first down passes early in the game, and a
sure catch on the one-yard line at the end of the fourth
The Chiefs, for the second straight week squandered
excellent field position on their first possession.
ALERT: REPEAT FROM LAST WEEK
The reason, Al Saunders once again forgot that
he had a superstar at RB and tried to get too cute
with his play calling.
Priest Holmes needs more offensive touches.
An exact memo from last week For this
offense to be successful, it doesnt have to be cute.
Get Priest Holmes the damn ball.
Saunders finally seemed to realize that in the
overtime period giving Holmes the ball for 9 straight
times on the first drive. He should have made it 10.
Priest Holmes is still an offensive superstar.
Holmes had less than 30 touches again, but still managed
140 total yards and a TD, on 22 carries and 6 catches.
Even though he didnt score a TD for the first
time in four weeks, Dante Hall was still a force. His
32-yard punt return to start the fourth quarter set the
stage for this miraculous comeback.
For those of you who forgotEddie Kennison
is still a burner.
Safety Jerome Woods, for the second time this year,
was in the right place at the right timeand his
fourth quarter TD seemed to give a tired defense a second
wind. They gave up only three points from that point on
and forced the huge turnover in the overtime period.
K Morten Anderson is money from 40 yards in. But
from 48well you saw the results.
Saunders decision to go straight for the TD with
Green to Kennison was brilliant. A perfect play call,
a perfect route, a perfect pass, a perfect ending.
A loss in Green Bay would not have been a disaster. The
Packers were on fire and had turned things around from
their early slump. But this Chiefs team would not
quit, would not fold and would not lose.
Moxie, swagger, guts, you name itthis team has
it. Right nowafter six weeks, this is the NFLs
number one team. They face a wounded, slumping Raiders
team next week in Oakland. Add to that the fact that it
is a prime time Monday Night Football contest and its
a dangerous game.
But its hard to imagine the 2003 Kansas City Chiefs
with their blue-collar gotta go to work motto
(CK Rairden can be reached by email