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A Pain that Will Last
Posted By ChiefsWarpath.com On October 4, 2005 @ 11:15 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium is sight to be seen by even the least passionate football fan. A late kickoff time against one of the Super Bowl contestants from a year ago, the Philadelphia Eagles. A bright, sunny, and warm afternoon was at hand for the contest, all the ingredients for a titanic and well-played contest between two very good teams. The game had been picked to be the game of the week by many people, but what many people did not count on was four different teams showing up on the same field.
The Chiefs got the ball first, and proceeded to do whatever they wanted to on a drive that would not end until Priest Holmes was sailing over the Eagles defensive line for the games first touchdown.
Then, a field goal from Lawrence Tynes followed, making the score 10-0 Chiefs.
After an Eagles fumble on a kickoff, the Chiefs took the ball back again, Trent Green then hit Eddie Kenninson on a short touchdown pass, making the score 17-0.
On the Chiefs next possession, the wave of momentum that the Chiefs have enjoyed for the entire game began its dramatic decline. Trent Green threw his second interception of the year, this one returned 40 yards by the Eagles for a touchdown and suddenly after a missed extra point, the score was 17-6.
The Chiefs regained some momentum when “The Human Joystick” Dante Hall returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown to put the Chiefs up 24-6. As many of you know, this was the last time of the day that anyone could speak about this game, and smile.
The Eagles closed the first half scoring with a touchdown to cut the Chiefs lead to 24-13.
In the second half, a pain that will last until at least kickoff time against Washington in a couple weeks began to grow inside of every Chiefs fan. The Eagles came out for the second half and marched right down for a field goal, the score now was 24-16 Chiefs.
Following a mind numbing, sleep inducing Chiefs offensive series, the Eagles received the punt and took the ball right down the field and punched it in for another touchdown, followed by a two point conversion, the score was now 24-24.
The shell the Chiefs offense went into after the first half came to a close is a wonder to the world. Trent Green had happy feet, the offensive line looked like a group of complete strangers at times, Tony Gonzalez is still apparently in the witness protection program, because nobody has seen him yet this year.
Priest Holmes, Eddie Kennison, and Dante Hall all had pretty good games but the rest of the offense failed to show up for Kansas City.
Samie (Juggles) Parker continued his addiction to dropping passes for the second game in a row, which I think many Kansas City Chiefs fans would agree, has been long enough to figure out how to catch the ball.
Combine the turnovers, penalties, bad play calling, and a very good Philadelphia Eagles team that was now alive from its sleepwalking through the first quarter and a half, and you have your mixture for a once 18 point Chiefs lead, to dissolve into a 6 point Eagles victory.
Now the loss in Denver the previous Monday night was very tough to take, because the Chiefs were never in the game and did not compete at all. The Eagles game however, was an entirely different story. The Chiefs got out of the gates so fast on the Eagles that they had a chance to put the game away in the first half, but that lack of a killer instinct came back to bite the Chiefs in the end.
This is not a new issue to the Chiefs or their fans. Most of the 1990′s were spent the exact same way, and back then it got real old as well. This has already become old as far as I’m concerned, and it needs to come to an end now. If the people on the roster are not willing to do the work, replace them. If the coaches are unwilling to change their ways to improve the team, replace them. It is real simple, and the entire Chiefs front office needs to address every single issue at hand, and they need to do it today.
We have reached the bye week in the season, and what we have to keep in mind is that we are anything but out of the race. At 2-2 the Chiefs still very much control what happens to them the rest of the season.
Win in the division, and win all the games at home are the keys to the rest of the season.
Take care of your business, and plans will fall into place, that’s all the Chiefs need to do, but they need to do it now.
The Washington Redskins are not one of the powers of the NFL, but they are still undefeated on the young season, and bring with them a very good defense. This game no longer looks like a sure thing, but it is a game the Chiefs need to take early, and put it away and out of reach.
Gotta go to work Chiefs, let’s get the ship back on course.
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