KC offense sputters during winless start

Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Damon Huard reacts on the bench in the final moments of a football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, in Chicago. The Bears defeated the Chiefs 20-10. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Chiefs manage just 13 points in 0-2 start.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs are hoping history repeats itself.

The Chiefs are 0-2, while scoring a mere 13 points in road losses at Chicago and Houston. Kansas City began last season 0-2, while scoring 16 points, but rebounded to win nine of its final 14 games to earn a wild card playoff berth.

"There are 10 teams that are 0-2 right now," Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said Tuesday. "Of the 10 teams 0-2, five of them were playoff teams last year. We happen to be one of those five. But there is no need to panic. We're going keep doing what we have to do. We'll get better."

Kansas City ranks 31 out of 32 NFL teams when it comes to points per game. It's 28th in total yards, 27th in rushing yards, 24th in passing yardage and 30th in third down efficiency.

But Edwards insists the offense's confidence is not wavering.

"They need some success, like anybody in life," Edwards said. "We've had some success on moving the ball at times. We haven't had enough success scoring. That's the problem. If you don't score, you don't gain a lot of confidence."

The Chiefs play the Minnesota Vikings (1-1) Sunday in their home opener. The Vikings defense ranks third in the NFL in points per game, holding Atlanta and Detroit to 23 points.

Kansas City has committed six turnovers -- three interceptions and three fumbles lost -- in their first two games. In the 20-10 loss to the Bears, the Chiefs were penalized nine times for 60 yards, including an illegal shift that nullified a touchdown.

"What we have to do is execute on what's being called," Edwards said. "We can't turn the ball over, and we've done that in an alarming rate in the last two games and that's not very good. We had way too many penalties last week. We're usually not penalized like that. We have way too many penalties going into the third game. If you just cut out those things, that's the page we need to be on."

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