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Hammock Parties
12-12-2006, 12:08 PM

For years, the offense in Kansas City has propped up the defense. Until, seemingly, this year.

Mr. Laz
12-12-2006, 12:09 PM
KC's defense gets a taste of its own medicine
By C.E. Wendler on December 12, 2006 12:33 AM
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For years, the offense in Kansas City has propped up the defense. Until, seemingly, this year.

The Chiefs had improved on defense all season and seemed to be hitting their stride before last week's loss to the Browns. A great effort by KC's offense, which produced 417 yards and 28 points, including a fantastic four-touchdown day from quarterback Trent Green, was wasted.

The defense gave up 438 yards and 31 points to a pathetic Cleveland squad that had only dreamed of such numbers all year long.

Call it the straw that broke the camel's back. The Chiefs' offense has finally had enough of this defensive nightmare. It showed against the Ravens on Sunday in a 20-10 loss.

The tables were turned. Kansas City's offense was clearly out to teach the defense a lesson.

It started almost immediately. The Chiefs moved into field goal range on their first drive before a dropped pass ended the march. Lawrence Tynes then missed a chipshot field goal.

The offense came off the field with a swagger. How does it feel, defense? Try taking the field without a lead.

Give credit to the Chiefs' defense, because it managed to cope with the pressure for a little while. The Ravens went three and out on their first series.

But the offense wasn't close to being finished with sticking it to the defense. The Chiefs responded to Baltimore's inept offensive beginning with a three and out of their own.

Then came an interception. The Chiefs would later fumble to end a promising drive. Just as the defense had given them little help during all the seasons filled with long touchdowns and massive yardage totals, the offense was now hanging the defense out dry.

The 'O' gave the defense a smidgen of hope after a spectacular 47-yard run by Larry Johnson, only to pull the rug from beneath the unit's feet with another turnover, this time an interception by Green.

Then came a disgusting series right before the half that featured two sacks. The Ravens even tried to hand the Chiefs a free possession by roughing punter Dustin Colquitt, but the offense was having none of that. No sir. Sunday was payback day.

The defense continued playing well as the second half started, forcing a punt on Baltimore's first possession. The offense took over and teased its defensive counterparts, moving to Baltimore's 38-yard line before taking a drive-ending sack.

It was then that the defense began to crack under the tremendous strain placed upon it by the offense. The Ravens took a two-score lead on the ensuing possession via an 87-yard touchdown pass by Steve McNair.

Kansas City's offense gave the defense some hope with a 47-yard march for a field goal on its next possession. Inspired, the defense rose up and forced a fumble on Baltimore's ensuing drive. Hope was kindled. Surely, said the defense, the offense will now cease this childish tomfoolery and make a game of it!

Not a chance, the offense responded. We're tired of watching you blow games as you did a week ago in Cleveland. Watch us now as we run three plays, gain 4 yards and punt for 25 yards of field position. How does it feel to be let down?

And with that, KC's defense was finished, its spirit broken. The Chiefs went quietly into the night as the Ravens effectively ended the game with a soul-crushing, 86-yard drive that burned over nine minutes off the clock.

Game over. Lesson learned.

12-12-2006, 12:14 PM
Game over. Lesson learned.

We can only hope and pray that the lesson was actually learned. Otherwise we will see be taking this class over and over and over and....

12-12-2006, 12:28 PM
Not that the offense played well, but up until that last 9 minute TD drive, we actually had a the lead in TOP. It's not like they'd been on the field all day. That just doesn't cut it. We're supposed to be a defensive football team, your defense can't wear down... Baltimore's didn't.