Each week during the 2005 season I will choose an offensive, defensive and special teams player of the game. Here are my selections for the Chiefs after their heartbreaking loss to the Eagles:
Offense: RB Priest Holmes
He started the game out on fire, running hard and showing everyone that he is still one of the best backs in the game, but then the Chiefs stopped giving him the ball. He finished the game with 84 yards on 18 attempts, but he only carried the ball five times for 14 yards in the second half.
Defense: LB Derrick Johnson
I can’t wait to see what kind of a football player this kid turns into in a few years. Right now, he’s the best defender on the Chiefs and he’s having to learn on the fly. He still makes too many mistakes, but he has the speed and athletic ability to make up for most of them. Against the Eagles Johnson recorded ten solo tackles.
Special Teams: K Lawrence Tynes
I was all set to go with Dante Hall after his 96 yard kickoff return for a touchdown, but then he fumbled a kickoff that led to a quick Eagles score, so those two plays cross each other out. Tynes connected on his only field goal attempt, from 38 yards out, and his kickoffs were deep. He is turning into a pretty reliable kicker for the Chiefs.