Note: Any of you that have been frequent visitors to this site the last few years are no doubt familiar with this series of articles. “The Season to Be” is my attempt at predicting the outcomes of the Kansas City Chiefs games in 2006. Instead of giving a raw record (6-10, 10-6, 11-5) I thought it would be interesting to do it game by game. All comments and feedback are welcome. Have fun and Go Chiefs!
Week 1 VS. Cincinnati Bengals
Headline: Chiefs Down Bengals in Opener
Larry Johnson rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns and Tony Gonzalez caught eight passes for 106 yards and added another score as the Chiefs defeated the Bengals at Arrowhead. Just like they did in the season finale a year ago, the Chiefs dominated Cincinnati in every facet of the game, cruising to a 31-10 victory in coach Herm Edwards’ Chiefs debut.
Week 2 @ Denver Broncos
Headline: Mile High Misery
Jake Plummer threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns as Denver downed Kansas City 28-17. The Chiefs held the vaunted Denver rushing attack to only 77 yards, but they had no answer for Plummer who played one of his best games in a Bronco uniform. Trent Green was ineffective for the Chiefs, going 17 of 30 with one touchdown pass and two interceptions and running back Larry Johnson was held in check, rushing for 80 yards and a score. The loss was the Chiefs sixth consecutive in Denver.
Week 3 Open Date
Team News: Chiefs Enjoy Early Bye; Prepare For Strong Finish
Week 4 VS. San Francisco 49ers
Headline: Ambush at Arrowhead
The Chiefs rebounded well from their loss in Denver by terrorizing Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers. The Chiefs defense sacked Smith four times and picked him off three times in Kansas City’s 38-14 win. Trent Green completed 26 of 36 passes for 336 yards and three touchdowns – hooking up with Tony Gonzalez, Samie Parker and Eddie Kennison for scores – and Larry Johnson added two rushing touchdowns in the Chiefs victory.
Week 5 @ Arizona Cardinals
Headline: Chiefs Roll Over Cards
The Chiefs defense was impressive again, holding the Cardinals to 221 yards of total offense and forcing three turnovers in their 34-10 victory in the desert. Larry Johnson led the Chiefs with 141 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Trent Green tossed two touchdown passes to Tony Gonzalez and Jason Dunn, and wide receiver Eddie Kennison recorded nine receptions for 121 yards. With the win the Chiefs improve to 3-1 and set tied atop the AFC West with Denver.
Be sure and check back next week for Part II of The Season to Be…