The Chiefs new-look defense gave them painfully similar results in a 34-24 loss to the Broncos in Denver Sunday night. Broncos’ running back Quintin Griffin rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns, to lead Denver in a 202-yard rushing attack on Gunther Cunningham’s defense. After taking a 7-0 in the first quarter, the Chiefs played catch-up for the rest of the game. They trailed 17-7 at the half and tied the game twice in the second half. Priest Holmes led the charge with 151 yards rushing and three touchdowns. His two touchdowns and subsequent extra points tied the game at 17-17 and 24-24 in the third quarter. Jason Elam nailed a 45-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to give Denver the lead for good. The Chiefs offense, which has been the best in the league over the last two seasons, was held to just 313 total yards. 101 of Trent Greens 172 yards passing went to Eddie Kennison. Kansas City had a scare in the first quarter when cornerback William Bartee was taken off the field on a stretcher after his head hit Rod Smith’s hip during a punt. The fears were alleviated when it was learned a short time after that he suffered a neck sprain and will be OK.
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