win lifts Chiefs to 8-0
KC slaps Buffalo
silly in Sunday Nighter at Arrowhead
After last weeks gut wrenching win over the Raiders
fans and pundits alike complained that the Chiefs didnt
win big enough over the Raiders.
Its hard to understand thatas the Chiefs
win had them at 7-0 and leading the AFC West. And the
team had just won on Monday Night Football, on the road.
On Sunday night, the Chiefs left little doubt to anyone
who is the most complete team in the NFL for the first
half of the 2003 season. After a shaky start that included
a dropped pass by Eddie Kennison, that led to a blown
special teams assignment that led to a blocked punt out
of the end zone for a safety that gave the Bills a 2-0
lead, the defense sprang to life. Shutting down the Bills
despite the Bills premium field position, the defense
frustrated the Bills.
Then Trent Green showed why he is the absolute best QB
to run this particular offense. He was a sharp as hes
ever been in the first halfand this team dominated
the Bills building a 28-5 halftime lead.
On national TV.
Its only one half of a season, but your Kansas
City Chiefs is head and shoulders above the rest of the
leagueandshhhhh, dont jinx it, but the
last three teams to start the season 8-0 have won the
The first entry on the memo pad is simpleas
Chiefs fans, enjoy this. Sure sometimes the team will
win 17-10, and other times they will win 38-5. The NFL
is brutaland the Chiefs are the best team in the
league for the first time in memory.
The defense was stellar in the first quarter as
the Bills starting field position was near midfield
and the Bills couldnt score.
Al Saunders worked in a nifty no huddle offense
also in the first quarter that created more confusion
for Buffalos defense. Result, a 67-yard TD pass
from Trent Green to Dante Hall.
They followed that with three more TDs and
this game was over at halftime. This week the Chiefs delivered
a knock out punch early.
Trent Green was as sharp as he has ever been as
a Chief through the first two quarters.
He passes, he runs, he blocks. A gutsy QB who is
not perfect, but is a leader and has grown into a winner.
CB Dexter McCleon is a ball hawk. Another game
where he had two big takeaways. He is playing like a Pro
Bowl CB. That gives him seven takeaways in eight games.
The laughable talk of Priest Homes demise was a
bit premature. Hes on pace for over 2200 total yards
and 24 TDs.
Memo pad questions
A 49-yard FG by Morten Anderson?
A Trent Green decleater block?
Is this offensive line really the best in the league?
An interception by Ryan Sims?
Is the Arrowhead mystique really back?
Into the bye week with the exact number of victories
from last season?
Third-year Dick Vermeil magic?
An incredibly improved Eric Warfield with two more
Role players and superstars playing together and
An 8-0 record?
The answers to all the questionsa resoundingYes.
For one half of one tough NFL season, for Chiefs fans
and this remarkable Chiefs football teamthis is
as good as it gets. This team has now proven it can beat
teams in so many different ways. On the arm of their QB,
or with the legs of RB Priest Holmes. With a dominant
offensive line. With a solid receiving corps. With brand
new NFL superstar Dante Halls backbreaking return
game. With an opportunistic defense that makes crucial
stops at crucial times and can take the ball away at any
The team has taken on the personality of their ageless
head coach. They are having fun and winning games. Its
now obvious this is no flukethey believe. The energy
level is almost always at an unbelievable high.
The home field advantage that slipped away is back. The
questions are answered for the first half of the season.
Yes the NFL has taken noticethe 2003 Chiefs are
(CK Rairden, formerly of Platte
County, writes from his home in Arizona. He can be reached
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org)