2007 Kansas City Chiefs season

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2007 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coach Herman Edwards
Home field Arrowhead Stadium
Results
Record 4–12
Division place T-3rd AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers TE Tony Gonzalez
DE Jared Allen
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The 2007 Kansas City Chiefs season began with the team looking to improve on their 9–7 record in 2006 and attempting to secure the franchise's first back-to-back playoff berth since 1995. The season ended with a nine-game losing streak, the team's first since 1987 and a 4–12 record. It was the Chiefs' first season with twelve losses since 1978.

Considered a year of transition,[1][2] the 2007 season marked the Chiefs' forty-fifth season in Kansas City, Missouri, and final before renovations began at Arrowhead Stadium.

Quarterback Trent Green was traded to the Miami Dolphins, leaving the door open for second-year quarterback Brodie Croyle or back-up quarterback Damon Huard to win the starting job. Huard was named starting quarterback on August 25 for the team's first game of the season,[3] but Croyle replaced him after Huard was injured in the game against Denver in Week 10.

Five different running backs were used after Larry Johnson was injured in Week 9 against Green Bay. The team also had no stability at quarterback with Croyle and Huard, who both nursed injuries throughout the season, while their offensive line depleted following the retirement of their former Pro Bowl guard Will Shields.

To honor their late team owner and founder Lamar Hunt, the Chiefs wore a special American Football League patch on their uniforms with the initials "LH" emblazoned inside the logo's football.

Schedule[edit]

The Chiefs' 2007 schedule was announced on April 11, 2007.[4][5][6]

The Chiefs' December 30 game against the Jets was originally scheduled to air on NBC Sunday Night Football, but the game was moved to CBS in favor of a Titans-Colts matchup with playoff implications.

Pre-season
Week Date Opponent Result Kickoff Game site TV Record
1 August 11, 2007 Cleveland Browns L 16–12 6:30 PM CST Cleveland Browns Stadium KCTV 0–1
2 August 16, 2007 Miami Dolphins L 11–10 7:00 PM CST Arrowhead Stadium ESPN 0–2
3 August 23, 2007 New Orleans Saints L 30–7 7:30 PM CST Arrowhead Stadium KCTV 0–3
4 August 30, 2007 St. Louis Rams L 10–3 7:00 PM CST Edward Jones Dome KCTV 0–4
Regular season
1 September 9, 2007 Houston Texans L 20–3 12:00 PM CST Reliant Stadium CBS 0–1
2 September 16, 2007 Chicago Bears L 20–10 3:15 PM CST Soldier Field CBS 0–2
3 September 23, 2007 Minnesota Vikings W 13–10 12:00 PM CST Arrowhead Stadium Fox 1–2
4 September 30, 2007 San Diego Chargers W 30–16 3:15 PM CST Qualcomm Stadium CBS 2–2
5 October 7, 2007 Jacksonville Jaguars L 17–7 12:00 PM CST Arrowhead Stadium CBS 2–3
6 October 14, 2007 Cincinnati Bengals W 27–20 12:00 PM CST Arrowhead Stadium CBS 3–3
7 October 21, 2007 Oakland Raiders W 12–10 3:05 PM CST McAfee Coliseum CBS 4–3
Week 8 – Bye
9 November 4, 2007 Green Bay Packers L 33–22 12:00 PM CST Arrowhead Stadium Fox 4–4
10 November 11, 2007 Denver Broncos L 27–11 12:00 PM CST Arrowhead Stadium CBS 4–5
11 November 18, 2007 Indianapolis Colts L 13–10 12:00 PM CST RCA Dome CBS 4–6
12 November 25, 2007 Oakland Raiders L 20–17 12:00 PM CST Arrowhead Stadium CBS 4–7
13 December 2, 2007 San Diego Chargers L 24–10 12:00 PM CST Arrowhead Stadium CBS 4–8
14 December 9, 2007 Denver Broncos L 49–7 3:15 PM CST INVESCO Field at Mile High CBS 4–9
15 December 16, 2007 Tennessee Titans L 26–17 12:00 PM CST Arrowhead Stadium CBS 4–10
16 December 23, 2007 Detroit Lions L 25–20 12:00 PM CST Ford Field CBS 4–11
17 December 30, 2007 New York Jets L 13–10 (OT) 3:15 PM CST Giants Stadium CBS 4–12

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) San Diego Chargers 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 412 284 W6
Denver Broncos 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 320 409 W1
Kansas City Chiefs 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 226 335 L9
Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 2–4 4–8 283 398 L4

Roster[edit]

Kansas City Chiefs 2007 final roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics

Offseason[edit]

The Chiefs' off-season began with turmoil over the contract of Tony Gonzalez, and the long-term status of Trent Green in Kansas City.

New quarterback[edit]

For more details on the Trent Green trade, see Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks.

For the first time in almost 20 years the Chiefs entered training camp with some doubt about their starting quarterback.[1]

"It’s going to be open for competition and that’s what’s good about it. If Trent Green decides to come back, it’s going to be the same three guys and they are going to compete. You have to leave it at that; let them compete for the position and see who wins out."
~Herman Edwards, in March 2007.[7]

Reserve quarterback Damon Huard was signed to a three-year contract in February and Trent Green was not only asked to restructure his contract, but also offered in trades to other teams. Quarterback Brodie Croyle, who was drafted in 2006, was in contention with Huard to succeed Green throughout the offseason. The Chiefs had said that Green would be welcome to return and compete for the job as well if he wasn’t traded,[8] but Green refused. After the draft had passed, Trent Green was still listed on the Chiefs' roster, but Green's agent stated that Green would not return to the Chiefs for the 2007 season.[9] On June 5, the Chiefs traded Green to the Miami Dolphins.[10]

On August 25, Damon Huard was named the starting quarterback for the season opener against the Houston Texans.[3] Croyle was chosen to be the starter months later on November 12.

Running back drama[edit]

As rumors spread concerning the Chiefs' quarterback situation, more emerged concerning their starting running back, Larry Johnson. The Kansas City Star, without citing a source, reported that the team had offered Johnson up for trade in the weeks before the 2007 NFL Draft.[1][11] The 27-year-old Johnson participated in all of the Chiefs' off-season program, but was entering the final year of his contract. Johnson reportedly made it clear he wanted a deal worth more than the eight-year, $60 million contract San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson signed in 2005.[11] The Chiefs invited four running backs—California's Marshawn Lynch, Ohio State's Antonio Pittman, Florida State's Lorenzo Booker and Louisville's Kolby Smith—for interviews, and had said they were willing to draft a running back in the early rounds.[11] The Chiefs later selected Kolby Smith in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

On June 21, Johnson stated that he was willing to sit out the Chiefs' training camp unless he and the Chiefs reach an agreement on a new contract.[12] Johnson was absent at the start of training camp as contract talks were stalled.[13] On July 25, reports surfaced of former starting running back Priest Holmes informing the team that he would arrive at training camp on the third day of practice (Saturday, July 28). Holmes was considered to be either acting as leverage to re-sign Johnson or even reclaim the starting position for himself if Johnson had decided to sit out.[14] Holmes had not played since the middle of the 2005 season after suffering a severe neck injury against the San Diego Chargers, but remained on the team's payroll and roster.[14]

On August 21, Johnson and the Chiefs agreed to a five-year contract extension that secured Johnson's status with the Chiefs through the 2012 season.[15] As a result of this extension, Johnson became the highest-paid running back in the NFL based on average salary per year. The contract is worth $45 million, with $19 million guaranteed. Of the guaranteed money, $12 million is the signing bonus and $7 million is guaranteed salary.[16]

On August 30, Johnson played his first pre-season game in the 2007 exhibition season, carrying the ball only 3 times in the first quarter of the Chiefs' match-up against the St. Louis Rams.

Suspensions[edit]

On April 27, defensive end Jared Allen was suspended for the first four games of the 2007 season.[17] Also, despite earlier stating that he would seek a trade, Allen announced that he would return to the Chiefs,[17] and signed a one-year contract.[18] On July 16, Allen's suspension was reduced to two games following an appeal.[19]

Free agency[edit]

The Chiefs had nineteen free-agent players heading into the 2007 off-season.[20][21]

Position Player Tag Date signed 2007 team Contract
(with KC)
DE Jared Allen RFA[22] May 22 Kansas City Chiefs One year[18]
OT Jordan Black UFA March 8[23] Houston Texans[23]
RB Dee Brown UFA Released
FB Ronnie Cruz ERFA Released
DT Ron Edwards UFA March 15[24] Kansas City Chiefs Four years[24]
LB Keyaron Fox RFA N/A Kansas City Chiefs N/A
LS Kendall Gammon UFA Released
TE Tony Gonzalez RFA January 12[25] Kansas City Chiefs Five years[25]
LB Kris Griffin ERFA May 23 Cleveland Browns
QB Damon Huard UFA February 27[26][27] Kansas City Chiefs Three years[26]
LB Kawika Mitchell UFA March 27[28] New York Giants[28]
WR Samie Parker RFA N/A Kansas City Chiefs N/A
DT James Reed RFA April 17[29] Kansas City Chiefs Three years[29]
OT Kevin Sampson RFA N/A Kansas City Chiefs N/A
CB Benny Sapp RFA April 17[29] Kansas City Chiefs One year[29]
LB Rich Scanlon RFA N/A Kansas City Chiefs N/A
K Lawrence Tynes RFA May 22[29][30] New York Giants
CB Lenny Walls UFA March 25[31] St. Louis Rams[31]
DE Jimmy Wilkerson UFA March 17[32] Kansas City Chiefs One year[32]
RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent

Team additions[edit]

Napoleon Harris was signed in March to a six-year contract.

In January, the Chiefs agreed to terms on a two-year deal with offensive tackle Ramiro Pruneda from Monterrey Tech in Monterrey, Mexico.[33]

In March, the Chiefs signed both offensive tackle Damion McIntosh and middle linebacker Napoleon Harris to six-year contracts.[34][35] The team also signed long snapper J. P. Darche.[36] outside linebacker Donnie Edwards,[37][38] defensive tackle Alfonso Boone,[39] and strong safety Jon McGraw.[40]

In May, the Chiefs signed 16 undrafted rookie free agents for OTA's. Among those signed were Tyron Brackenridge and Dimitri Patterson, both of whom remained on the Chiefs' 53-man roster throughout the season.[41]

In August, the Chiefs signed kick returner Eddie Drummond to a one-year contract.[42] The Chiefs also signed wide receiver Bobby Sippio to their practice squad.

Throughout the season, the Chiefs used three different kickers. Rookie Justin Medlock started only one game (at Houston) before his release the following day due to his poor performance in the game, as well as the pre-season. Dave Rayner was acquired through waivers from Green Bay, but later released after a Week 12 loss to Oakland. Lastly, Kansas City acquired John Carney after his release from Jacksonville, and remained on the active roster through the end of the season.

Departures[edit]

On March 21, strong safety Sammy Knight and offensive tackle Kyle Turley were released. Turley was subsequently re-signed on July 21 after contemplating retirement.[43]

On April 15, offensive guard Will Shields announced his retirement.[44] On April 25, the Chiefs traded wide receiver/kick returner Dante Hall to the St. Louis Rams for a fifth round pick, and both teams also swapped picks in the third round (Kansas City moved up two spots).[45]

In May, the Chiefs released defensive end Eric Hicks and linebacker Kris Griffin, and traded defensive tackle Ryan Sims to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 2009 NFL Draft selection.[46] Kansas City also traded kicker Lawrence Tynes to the New York Giants.[18]

In June, reports surfaced concerning safety Greg Wesley and a trade to the Denver Broncos.[1] The teams had agreed on terms of draft-choice compensation, but the Chiefs did not finalize the trade in fear of sending him to a division rival.[1] Wesley remained on the team throughout the entire season.

In October, the Chiefs traded running back Michael Bennett to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two future undisclosed draft picks in 2008 and 2009.[47]

On November 21, running back Priest Holmes retired from the NFL.[48]

Trent Green trade[edit]

On March 6, Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson announced that quarterback Trent Green was asked to restructure his contract to remain with the team.[49] Green was also granted permission to explore options of a trade to another team.[49][50] The February contract agreement with Damon Huard, who would have been an unrestricted free agent, was the first public indication that Green’s job was in danger.[49][51] The first team to have contacted the Chiefs' front office was the Miami Dolphins,[52] but Miami constantly disagreed in negotiations. The Dolphins offered a seventh round draft pick to the Chiefs, but the Chiefs declined, instead seeking a second round pick in exchange for Green.[8] The Detroit Lions, and Cleveland Browns were also interested in Green, who are both looking for a veteran quarterback.[8] Green had told the Chiefs that Miami was his preference being that he previously worked under both head coach Cam Cameron and quarterbacks coach Terry Shea.[8] On draft day, the Chiefs and Dolphins could not reach a deal to trade Green. The Chiefs changed their request to a fourth-round pick while the Dolphins offered a sixth round pick.[9] As weeks passed with some believing that Green would remain with the Chiefs, Green's agent reiterated that Green would not return to play for Kansas City.[9]

On June 5, the Chiefs agreed to trade Green to the Miami Dolphins for a conditional fifth round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, pending a physical from Green.[10] The pick can be upgraded to a fourth-round selection if Green were to reach certain predetermined playing time and performance levels.[10] Green was injured while playing with the Dolphins, and missed most of the season, resulting in a fifth-round selection for Kansas City for 2008.

2007 NFL Draft[edit]

Dwayne Bowe was selected 23rd overall by Kansas City in the 2007 NFL Draft and made an immediate impact on the team's wide receiver corp.

Note: In 2006, the Chiefs traded their fourth round draft pick to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for running back Michael Bennett.

Round Pick Name Position College Contract
1 23 Dwayne Bowe Wide receiver LSU Five years[53]
2 54 Claude "Turk" McBride Defensive end Tennessee Three years[54]
3 82[a] DeMarcus "Tank" Tyler Defensive tackle North Carolina State Three years[55]
5 148[a] Kolby Smith Running back Louisville Three years[56]
160 Justin Medlock Kicker UCLA Three years[13]
6 196 Herbert Taylor Offensive tackle TCU Three years[55]
7 231 Michael Allan Tight end Whitworth College Three years[56]
a Obtained St. Louis' fifth round selection (#148) and swapped selections in the third round (Kansas City moved up from #84 to #82).

Pre-season[edit]

Training camp[edit]

Further information: Hard Knocks (TV series)

The Chiefs held their summer training camp at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls; their 17th consecutive year training at that location. The team departed for River Falls on July 26 with the first day of practice held on July 27. Kansas City held joint practice sessions with the Minnesota Vikings on August 3 in Mankato, Minnesota and on August 4 in River Falls.[57] The Chiefs honored Greensburg, Kansas and the town's high school football team by wearing special baseball hats to practice and also help raise money to help buy equipment for the Rangers football team and cheerleading squad[58] following a devastating EF-5 tornado that destroyed the city.

The Chiefs' training camp was featured on the NFL FilmsHBO joint feature Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Kansas City Chiefs.[59] The series, returning for its third season, and first in over four years, premiered Wednesday, August 8. Hour-long episodes aired each week, concluding on September 5.[59]

Running back Larry Johnson and rookie wide receiver Dwayne Bowe were both absent at the beginning of training camp due to contract disputes.[13] Bowe signed his contract on August 5 after being absent for one week,[53] while Johnson agreed to his contract extension on August 21 after missing 25 days of practice.[16] Priest Holmes arrived at camp on July 28 and was placed on the physically unable to perform list. Damon Huard and Brodie Croyle battled for the starting quarterback position, and Huard was chosen on August 25.

Exhibition games[edit]

The Cleveland Browns hosted the Chiefs on August 11 in the team's first pre-season game and defeated Kansas City 16–12.[60] On August 16, Trent Green returned to Kansas City when the Chiefs hosted the Miami Dolphins and lost the game 11–10. The game marked the first time in NFL history that any game (regular or exhibition season) finished with that score.[61] On August 23, the New Orleans Saints defeated the Chiefs 30–7 at Arrowhead Stadium.[62] The Chiefs and St. Louis Rams competed for the Missouri Governor's Cup on August 30 at the Edward Jones Dome, and the Chiefs lost possession of the Cup for the first time since 2005 with a 10–3 loss. The Chiefs also finished the pre-season with an 0–4 record for the first time since the 2005 preseason.[63]

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: at Houston Texans[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 0 3 0 3
Texans 0 10 7 3 20

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Scoring summary[64]
Q Team Time Scoring play Extra point Score
2 HOU 7:35 FG Brown 26 HOU 3–0
2 HOU 6:13 Johnson 77 pass from Schaub Brown kick HOU 10–0
3 HOU 14:15 Williams 28 fumble return Brown kick HOU 17–0
3 KC :30 FG Medlock 27 HOU 17–3
4 HOU 5:05 FG Brown 28 HOU 20–3

The game started out slow for both the Texans and Chiefs, but with Kansas City poised to score first, rookie placekicker Justin Medlock missed a 30-yard field goal. The Texans used their second possession to advance to the red zone, but a pass from Matt Schaub intended for Andre Johnson was intercepted by Chiefs safety Jarrad Page in the end zone. Beginning the second quarter, Chiefs center Casey Wiegmann fumbled the ball, but it was recovered by quarterback Damon Huard. After a possession by the Texans, kick returned Eddie Drummond fumbled and recovered by Houston. The Texans capitalized on the turnover and scored first through a field goal. With just over six minutes left in the half, Matt Schaub completed a 77-yard pass to Andre Johnson, and the Texans secure their lead, 10–0. Beginning the third quarter, Chiefs fullback Kris Wilson appeared to have fumbled the football, although it was disputed whether or not he had possession. The fumble was recovered by Texans defensive end Mario Williams for a touchdown. The Chiefs finally scored, through a field goal, with thirty seconds remaining in the third quarter. For the first ten minutes of play in the fourth quarter, the Texans controlled the ball and kept the Chiefs' offense off the field. When the Chiefs received their first chance to score in the fourth quarter with just over five minutes remaining, they failed to capitalize on offense.

For only the second time in Texans history, the franchise won their opening day game as the Chiefs began their season at 0–1. The Chiefs' Eddie Kennison pulled his hamstring on the team's first possession, and Patrick Surtain injured his shoulder.

RB Larry Johnson was limited by the Texans defense to just 43 yards on 10 carries.

Week 2: at Chicago Bears[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 7 3 0 10
Bears 0 17 3 0 20

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Scoring summary[65]
Q Team Time Scoring play Extra point Score
2 CHI 10:29 St. Clair 2 pass from Grossman Gould kick CHI 7–0
2 CHI 9:33 Hester 73 punt return TD Gould kick CHI 14–0
2 CHI 2:30 FG Gould 47 CHI 17–0
2 KC 1:24 Bowe 16 pass from Huard Rayner kick CHI 17–7
3 CHI 8:36 FG Gould 38 CHI 20–7
3 KC 3:12 FG Rayner 45 CHI 20–10

Following a road loss to the Texans, the Chiefs stayed on the road as they played the defending NFC champion Chicago Bears in a Week 2 interconference fight. After a scoreless first quarter, Kansas City got roasted in the second quarter with Bears QB Rex Grossman completed a 2-yard TD pass to OT John St. Clair, WR/PR Devin Hester returning a punt 73 yards for a touchdown, and kicker Robbie Gould getting a 47-yard field goal. The Chiefs got their score of the period with QB Damon Huard completing a 16-yard TD pass to rookie WR Dwayne Bowe. In the third quarter, Chicago increased its lead with Gould kicking a 38-yard field goal, while Kansas City tried to keep up with kicker Dave Rayner got a 45-yard field goal. However, with no score by any team in the fourth quarter, the score stood as it was.

With the loss, the Chiefs fell to 0–2.

RB Larry Johnson was only able to get 55 rushing yards on 16 carries, giving him a two-game total of only 98 rushing yards on 26 total carries.

Week 3: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 3 0 0 10
Chiefs 0 3 3 7 13

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Scoring summary[66]
Q Team Time Scoring play Extra point Score
1 MIN 10:02 Peterson 11 run Longwell kick MIN 7–0
2 MIN 9:18 FG Longwell 22 MIN 10–0
2 KC 3:32 FG Rayner 39 MIN 10–3
3 KC 2:58 FG Rayner 49 MIN 10–6
4 KC 9:23 Bowe 16 pass from Huard Rayner kick KC 13–10

Still searching for their first win of the year, the Chiefs went home to play a Week 3 interconference duel with the Minnesota Vikings. Very much a tale of two halves, Minnesota dominated through most of the first half. Larry Johnson of the Chiefs was ineffective against the Minnesota defense while Adrian Peterson rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown (mostly in the first half). After making changes during halftime, the Chiefs returned with a passing game and an amped up defense. The Chiefs' Jared Allen, back from suspension, led the defense with eight tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble, shutting down the Vikings' offense. Chiefs' rookie Dwayne Bowe, with one reception coming into the game, benefited from the second half passing game with five receptions, including a touchdown.

With the win, the Chiefs improved to 1–2.

Week 4: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 6 10 14 30
Chargers 10 6 0 0 16

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Scoring summary[67]
Q Team Time Scoring play Extra point Score
1 SD 8:19 FG Kaeding 24 SD 3–0
1 SD 3:56 Tomlinson 5 run Kaeding kick SD 10–0
2 KC 11:10 FG Rayner 21 SD 10–3
2 SD 6:55 FG Kaeding 51 SD 13–3
2 SD 1:20 FG Rayner 25 SD 13–6
2 KC :00 FG Kaeding 38 SD 16–6
3 KC 5:28 FG Rayner 41 SD 16–9
3 KC 1:50 Gonzalez 22 pass from Huard Rayner kick Tied 16–16
4 KC 11:46 Bowe 51 pass from Huard Rayner kick KC 23–16
4 KC 7:24 Brackenridge 50 fumble return Rayner kick KC 30–16

Coming off of a win at Arrowhead that gave Kansas City their first win of the season, they headed to San Diego to take on the Chargers and their new head coach, Norv Turner. Much like their previous game, the Chiefs began with a weak showing offensively before getting a lot of use out of their rookie wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, and a touchdown catch by Tony Gonzalez (his record-tying 62nd). The TD by Gonzalez tied him with Shannon Sharpe for the most touchdown receptions by a tight end. After another TD catch by Bowe, cornerback Tyron Brackenridge ran back a fumble by San Diego to effectively win the game for Kansas City.

Late into the fourth quarter, fans at Qualcomm Stadium voiced their displeasure with Turner by chanting "Marty! Marty! Marty!" in reference to former coach Marty Schottenheimer who was fired by the Chargers after their 2006 season.

The win put the Chiefs 2–2 and tied them with the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders for first place in the AFC West. The win was also the 50th win in Herman Edwards' coaching career. Larry Johnson finally managed to get his first 100-yard game of the year with 123 yards on 25 carries.

Week 5: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 3 7 0 7 17
Chiefs 0 0 0 7 7

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Scoring summary[68]
Q Team Time Scoring play Extra point Score
1 JAX :00 FG Carney 20 JAX 3–0
2 JAX 8:36 Jones-Drew 52 run Carney kick JAX 10–0
4 JAX 8:26 Northcutt 3 pass from Garrard Carney kick JAX 17–0
4 KC :00 Parker 13 pass from Croyle Rayner kick JAX 17–7

Coming off their divisional road win over the Chargers, the Chiefs went home for a Week 5 intra-conference duel with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the first quarter, Kansas City trailed early as Jaguars kicker John Carney got a 20-yard field goal for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Chiefs continued to struggle as Jags RB Maurice Jones-Drew got a 52-yard TD run for the only score of the period. After a scoreless third quarter, Jacksonville sealed the game with QB David Garrard completing a 3-yard TD pass to WR Dennis Northcutt. After that, QB Damon Huard, who struggled all game (19/30 for 196 yards and 1 Interception), was benched for Brodie Croyle. He would help Kansas City avoid a shutout by completing a 13-yard TD pass to WR Samie Parker on the very last offensive play of the game.

With the loss, the Chiefs fell to 2–3. The fourth-quarter touchdown was the first second-half touchdown by any Chiefs opponent since the Texans' touchdown in the third quarter of Week 1. Entering the game, the Chiefs' dominant second-half defense led the league with just an average 1.5 points allowed per game.[69]

Week 6: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 0 0 13 20
Chiefs 10 10 0 7 27

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Scoring summary[70]
Q Team Time Scoring play Extra point Score
1 KC 9:39 FG Rayner 32 KC 3–0
1 CIN 7:39 Houshmandzadeh 42 pass from Palmer Graham kick CIN 7–3
1 KC :53 Gonzalez 3 pass from Huard Rayner kick KC 10–7
2 KC 6:27 Johnson 8 run Rayner kick KC 17–7
2 KC :00 FG Rayner 20 KC 20–7
4 CIN 13:54 FG Graham 33 KC 20–10
4 KC 8:03 Gonzalez 26 pass from Huard Rayner kick KC 27–10
4 CIN 5:03 Houshmandzadeh 30 pass from Palmer Graham kick KC 27–17
4 CIN :18 FG Graham 36 KC 27–20

Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Jaguars, the Chiefs stayed at home for their Week 6 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. In the first quarter, Kansas City drew first blood with kicker Dave Rayner getting a 32-yard field goal. The Bengals would take the lead with QB Carson Palmer completing a 42-yard TD pass to WR T. J. Houshmandzadeh. Fortunately, the Chiefs retook the lead with QB Damon Huard completing a 3-yard TD pass to TE Tony Gonzalez. With the touchdown, Gonzalez surpassed Shannon Sharpe's record for the most TD catches by a tight end with his 63rd career TD reception.

Tony Gonzalez scored his record 63rd career touchdown pass against the Bengals.

In the second quarter, Kansas City increased its lead with RB Larry Johnson getting an 8-yard TD run (which was the first rushing TD by a Chiefs RB this year), along with Rayner ending the half with a 20-yard field goal. At halftime, former Chiefs safety Albert Lewis was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.

After a scoreless third quarter, Cincinnati began to fight back as kicker Shayne Graham got a 33-yard field goal. After Kansas City increased its lead with Huard hooking up with Gonzalez again on a 26-yard TD pass, the Bengals nearly managed to tie the game with Palmer hooking up with Houshmandzadeh again on a 30-yard TD pass, along with Graham kicking a 36-yard field goal. K.C. managed to recover the onside kick and get the victory.

With the win, the Chiefs improved to 3–3.

Week 7: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 3 3 0 6 12
Raiders 0 0 7 3 10

at McAfee Coliseum, Oakland, California

Scoring summary[71]
Q Team Time Scoring play Extra point Score
1 KC 10:40 FG Rayner 41 KC 3–0
2 KC 14:01 FG Rayner 31 KC 6–0
3 OAK 2:37 Curry 21 pass from Culpepper Janikowski kick OAK 7–6
4 KC 11:30 Johnson 1 run TPC failed KC 12–7
4 OAK 5:49 FG Janikowski 37 KC 12–10

Coming off their home win over the Bengals, the Chiefs flew to McAfee Coliseum for a Week 7 AFC West duel with their arch-enemy, the Oakland Raiders. In the first quarter, Kansas City drew first blood with kicker Dave Rayner getting a 41-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 31-yard field goal in the second quarter. In the third quarter, the Raiders took the lead with QB Daunte Culpepper completing a 21-yard TD pass to WR Ronald Curry for the only score of the period. In the fourth quarter, K.C. regained the lead with RB Larry Johnson getting a 1-yard TD pass (with a failed 2-point conversion). Oakland managed to get within striking distance as kicker Sebastian Janikowski got a 37-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Raiders tried to get into position to win the game. Fortunately, Kansas City's defense eliminated any hope that Oakland had of winning.

With the win, not only did the Chiefs improve to 4–3 heading into their bye week, but it also marked their 9th-straight win over their hated rival.

Week 9: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 6 7 20 33
Chiefs 0 7 0 15 22

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Scoring summary[72]
Q Team Time Scoring play Extra point Score
2 GB 14:52 FG Crosby 48 GB 3–0
2 GB 1:19 FG Crosby 36 GB 6–0
2 KC :15 Johnson 1 run Rayner kick KC 7–6
3 GB :11 Jennings 13 pass from Favre Crosby kick GB 13–7
4 KC 11:11 Johnson 30 pass from Huard KC 14–13
4 GB 8:52 FG Crosby 32 GB 16–14
4 KC 5:18 Gonzalez 17 pass from Huard Holmes run KC 22–16
4 GB 3:05 Jennings 60 pass from Favre Crosby kick GB 23–22
4 GB 1:40 FG Crosby 45 GB 26–22
4 GB :59 Woodson 46 interception return Crosby kick GB 33–22

Coming off of their bye week, the Chiefs were at home for a Week 9 interconference duel with the Green Bay Packers. After a scoreless first quarter, Kansas City trailed early on in the second quarter with Packers kicker Mason Crosby getting a 48-yard and a 36-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Chiefs took the lead with RB Larry Johnson getting a 1-yard TD run.

In the third quarter, K.C. trailed again as Green Bay QB Brett Favre completed a 13-yard TD pass to WR Greg Jennings for the only score of the period. In the fourth quarter, Kansas City went back into the lead with QB Damon Huard completing a 30-yard TD pass to Johnson, yet the Packers went into the lead again as Crosby kicked a 32-yard field goal. Afterwards, K.C. went back to work as Huard completed a 17-yard TD pass to TE Tony Gonzalez (with RB Priest Holmes getting the 2-point conversion run). Unforutnately, Green Bay would pull away as Favre & Jennings hooked up with each other again on a 60-yard TD pass, along with Crosby nailing a 45-yard field goal, and CB Charles Woodson sealing the win by returning an interception 46 yards for a touchdown.

With the loss, the Chiefs fell to 4–4.

Week 10: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 3 3 14 7 27
Chiefs 3 5 3 0 11

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Scoring summary[73]
Q Team Time Scoring play Extra point Score
1 DEN 11:12 FG Elam 44 DEN 3–0
1 KC 5:38 FG Rayner 38 Tied 3–3
2 KC 14:35 Pollard blocked punt in end zone for safety KC 5–3
2 DEN 9:18 FG Elam 50 DEN 6–5
2 KC 2:40 FG Rayner 36 KC 8–6
3 DEN 13:32 Young 20 run Elam kick DEN 13–8
3 DEN 13:23 Webster 17 fumble return Elam kick DEN 20–8
3 KC 6:55 FG Rayner 39 DEN 20–11
4 DEN 10:44 Graham 18 pass from Cutler Elam kick DEN 27–11

Hoping to rebound from their home loss to the Packers, the Chiefs stayed at home for an AFC West duel with the Denver Broncos. With RB Larry Johnson out with an injury, RB Priest Holmes would be making his first start in more than two seasons.

In the first quarter, Kansas City trailed early as Broncos kicker Jason Elam managed to get a 44-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Chiefs managed to tie the game with kicker Dave Rayner getting a 38-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Kansas City took the lead with Safety Bernard Pollard blocking a punt from deep within Denver territory. The ball would roll the back of the endzone for a safety. However, the Broncos went back into the lead with Elam getting a 50-yard field goal. The Chiefs would take the halftime lead as Rayner kicked a 36-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, K.C. trailed big as Denver RB Selvin Young got a 20-yard TD pass, while LB Nate Webster returned a fumble 17 yards for a touchdown. Even worse, starting-QB Damon Huard would leave the game on that play due to a concussion. Back-up QB Brodie Croyle took over the Chiefs offense for the remainder of the game. Later in the period, K.C. tried to rally as Rayner nailed a 39-yard field goal. Unfortunately, in the fourth quarter, the Broncos sealed the win with QB Jay Cutler completing an 18-yard TD pass to TE Daniel Graham.

With the loss, not only did the Chiefs fall to 4–5, but it ended their 8-game home winning streak against division opponents.

Priest Holmes, in his first start in over two years, ran 20 times for 65 yards, along with catching 2 passes for 14 yards.

Week 11: at Indianapolis Colts[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 3 7 0 10
Colts 0 3 7 3 13

at RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana

Scoring summary[74]
Q Team Time Scoring play Extra point Score
2 KC 8:55 FG Rayner 47 KC 3–0
2 IND 1:18 FG Vinatieri 27 Tied 3–3
2 IND 7:17 Addai 3 run Vinatieri kick IND 10–3
3 KC 1:22 Bowe 19 pass from Croyle Rayner kick Tied 10–10
4 IND :03 FG Vinatieri 24 IND 13–10
Brodie Croyle made his first career start in Indianapolis.

Trying to snap a two-game losing skid, the Chiefs flew to the RCA Dome for a Week 12 intraconference duel against the defending Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts, in a rematch of last year's wildcard battle. This would be the game in which second-year quarterback Brodie Croyle would be given the start.

After a scoreless first quarter, Kansas City struck first with kicker Dave Rayner getting a 47-yard field goal. The Colts would tie the game before halftime as kicker Adam Vinatieri managed to get a 27-yard field goal. In the third quarter, Indianapolis took the lead as RB Joseph Addai got a 3-yard TD run. The Chiefs would respond and tie the game with Croyle completing a 19-yard TD pass to rookie WR Dwayne Bowe. Unfortunately, in the fourth quarter, the Colts sealed the win as Vinatieri nailed the game-winning 24-yard field goal.

With their third-straight loss, the Chiefs fell to 4–6.

The game was also the final outing of Priest Holmes, who suffered a neck injury in the fourth quarter. Holmes announced his retirement later into the week on November 21.[48]

Week 12: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 3 3 7 7 20
Chiefs 7 3 7 0 17

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Scoring summary[75]
Q Team Time Scoring play Extra point Score
1 OAK 11:02 FG Janikowski 25 OAK 3–0
1 KC 6:02 Smith 10 run Rayner kick KC 7–3
2 OAK 10:39 FG Janikowski 54 KC 7–6
2 KC 5:30 FG Rayner 30 KC 10–6
3 OAK 6:04 Jordan 5 run Janikowski kick OAK 13–10
3 KC :43 Smith 5 run Rayner kick KC 17–13
4 OAK 9:34 Fargas 14 run Janikowski kick OAK 20–17

Trying to snap a three-game skid, the Chiefs went home for a Week 12 AFC West rematch with the Oakland Raiders. In the first quarter, Kansas City trailed early as Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski managed to get a 25-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Chiefs regained the lead as rookie RB Kolby Smith managed to get a 10-yard TD run. In the second quarter, Oakland played catch-up as Janikowski kicked a 54-yard field goal. Kansas City improved its lead before halftime as kicker Dave Rayner nailed a 30-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Raiders regained the lead with RB LaMont Jordan getting a 5-yard TD run. The Chiefs would respond with Smith getting a 5-yard TD run. However, in the fourth quarter, Oakland regained the lead with RB Justin Fargas getting a 14-yard TD run. Kansas City tried to come back, but the Raiders held on for the win.

With their fourth-straight loss, not only did the Chiefs fall to 4–7, but it snapped their nine-game winning streak against the Raiders. This would be the first time since 2004 that Kansas City had dropped four-straight games.

Kolby Smith, in his first game starting in absence of Larry Johnson, had 31 carries for 150 yards on the day.

Week 13: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 7 7 7 24
Chiefs 3 7 0 0 10

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Scoring summary[76]
Q Team Time Scoring play Extra point Score
1 KC 10:50 FG Carney 38 KC 3–0
1 SD 5:24 FG Kaeding 25 Tied 3–3
2 KC 5:23 Allen 2 pass from Huard Carney kick KC 10–3
2 SD 3:29 Jackson 38 pass from Rivers Kaeding kick Tied 10–10
3 SD 12:16 Tomlinson 31 run Kaeding kick SD 17–10
3 SD 10:15 Tomlinson 28 run Kaeding kick SD 24–10

Trying to snap a four-game skid, the Chiefs stayed at home for a Week 13 AFC West rematch with the San Diego Chargers. In the first quarter, Kansas City took the early lead with newly acquired kicker John Carney getting a 38-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Chargers got on the board with kicker Nate Kaeding getting a 25-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Chiefs regained the lead with QB Damon Huard completing a 2-yard TD pass to DE Jared Allen. Afterwards, San Diego tied the game again as QB Philip Rivers completed a 38-yard TD pass to WR Vincent Jackson.

In the second quarter, the Chargers took the lead and the win with RB LaDainian Tomlinson getting a 31-yard TD run in the third quarter and a 28-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

With their fifth-straight loss, Kansas City fell to 4–8. This also marked the first time since 2001 that the Chiefs have lost four-straight home games.

Week 14: at Denver Broncos[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 7 0 0 7
Broncos 14 14 14 7 49

at INVESCO Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Scoring summary[77]
Q Team Time Scoring play Extra point Score
1 DEN 13:20 Stokley 21 pass from Cutler Elam kick DEN 7–0
1 DEN 7:13 Henry 1 run Elam kick DEN 14–0
2 KC 6:09 Gonzalez 15 pass from Croyle Carney kick DEN 14–7
2 DEN 1:55 Marshall 8 pass from Cutler Elam kick DEN 21–7
2 DEN :00 FG Elam 37 DEN 24–7
3 DEN 6:58 FG Elam 37 DEN 27–7
3 DEN 2:14 Graham 2 pass from Cutler Elam kick DEN 34–7
3 DEN :40 Marshall 13 pass from Cutler Elam kick DEN 41–7

Trying to snap a five-game skid, the Chiefs flew to INVESCO Field at Mile High for a Week 14 AFC West rematch with the Denver Broncos. In the first quarter, Kansas City trailed early as Broncos QB Jay Cutler completed a 21-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Stokley, along with RB Travis Henry getting a 1-yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Chiefs would get their only score of the game as QB Brodie Croyle completed a 15-yard TD pass to TE Tony Gonzalez.

Afterwards, Denver took over as Cutler completed an 8-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Marshall, while kicker Jason Elam managed to get a 37-yard field goal. In the third quarter, the Broncos sealed the win with Elam nailing another 37-yard field goal, while Cutler completed a 2-yard TD pass to TE Daniel Graham, along with a 13-yard TD pass to Marshall.

With their sixth-straight loss (their longest losing streak since 1987), Kansas City fell to 4–9.

Week 15: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 7 3 10 6 26
Chiefs 0 14 3 0 17

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Scoring summary[78]
Q Team Time Scoring play Extra point Score
1 TEN 11:25 Williams 16 pass from Young Bironas kick TEN 7–0
2 KC 12:22 Parker 10 pass from Croyle Carney kick Tied 7–0
2 TEN 8:31 FG Bironas 37 TEN 10–7
2 KC 1:47 Wilson 9 pass from Croyle Elam kick KC 14–10
3 TEN 11:07 FG Bironas 37 KC 14–13
3 KC 3:49 FG Carney 36 KC 17–13
3 TEN 2:24 Williams 41 pass from Young Bironas kick TEN 20–17
4 TEN 14:56 FG Bironas 40 TEN 23–17
4 TEN 5:42 FG Bironas 25 TEN 26–17

Trying to snap a six-game slide, the Chiefs went home for a Week 15 intraconference duel with the Tennessee Titans. In the first quarter, Kansas City trailed early as Titans QB Vince Young completed a 16-yard TD pass to WR Roydell Williams for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Chiefs tied the game with QB Brodie Croyle completed a 10-yard TD pass to WR Samie Parker. Tennessee would respond with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 37-yard field goal, yet Kansas City regained the lead before halftime as Croyle completed a 9-yard TD pass to FB Kris Wilson.

In the third quarter, the Titans crept close as Bironas kicked a 37-yard field goal, yet the Chiefs answered with kicker John Carney getting a 36-yard field goal. However, Tennessee retook the lead with Young and Williams hooking up with each other again on a 41-yard TD pass. In the fourth quarter, the Titans sealed the win as Bironas nailed a 40-yard and a 25-yard field goal.

With the loss, not only did Kansas City fall to 4–10, but it also marked the first time since 1987 that the Chiefs dropped seven-straight games.

Week 16: at Detroit Lions[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 14 0 6 20
Lions 9 10 3 3 25

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Scoring summary[79]
Q Team Time Scoring play Extra point Score
1 DET 2:03 Duckett 11 run Hanson kick DET 7–0
1 DET :31 FitzSimmons blocked punt in end zone for safety DET 9–0
2 DET 10:20 FG Hanson 46 DET 12–0
2 DET 9:00 Lenon 61 interception return Hanson kick DET 19–0
3 KC 3:33 Battle 3 run Carney kick DET 19–7
3 KC :23 Allen 1 pass from Huard Carney kick DET 19–14
3 DET 8:35 FG Hanson 20 DET 22–14
4 KC 13:28 Bowe 24 pass from Huard TPC failed DET 20–22
4 DET :43 FG Hanson 47 DET 25–20

Trying to halt a six-game losing streak, the Lions returned home to Ford Field for an interconference matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs, losers of seven games in a row. Detroit got on the board early with an 11-yard TD run from T.J. Duckett and a safety off a blocked Dustin Colquitt punt. In the second quarter, the Lions opened up a 19–0 lead with a Jason Hanson field goal and a Paris Lenon interception return for a touchdown. After the interception, Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle tried to stop Lenon in his return, but injured his wrist and sat out the remainder of the game. Damon Huard filled in, and nearly brought Kansas City back with its first win since October. A 3-yard run from RB Jackie Battle and a 1-yard pass from Huard to Jared Allen, whom made his second touchdown catch on offense this season, made the game 19–14. The Lions' Jason Hanson added two more field goals in the second half and the Chiefs could not convert a two-point conversion to Tony Gonzalez in the 3rd after a Dwayne Bowe receiving TD. Detroit held KC off, 25–20, ending their long skid. However, this would be the Lions' last win until week three of the 2009 season.

With their eighth consecutive loss, the Chiefs fell to 4–11, their worst record in 20 years.

Week 17: at New York Jets[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Chiefs 0 3 0 7 0 10
Jets 0 10 0 0 3 13

at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Scoring summary[80]
Q Team Time Scoring play Extra point Score
2 NYJ 13:07 Jones 15 pass from Clemens Nugent kick NYJ 7–0
2 KC 5:08 FG Carney 40 NYJ 7–3
2 NYJ :13 FG Nugent 27 NYJ 10–3
4 KC 2:59 Webb 26 pass from Croyle Carney kick Tied 10–10
OT NYJ 9:47 FG Nugent 43 NYJ 13–10

Looking to end their season with a win, their first since October 21, the Chiefs played the New York Jets at Giants Stadium. Entering the game, both teams had only seven combined wins. A bigger storyline entering the game was Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards' first visit to the Meadowlands since his departure following the 2005 NFL season. This Chiefs and Jets game was also a "draft position game," with the loser moving ahead of the winner in the top ten of the 2008 NFL Draft.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Jets took flight as QB Kellen Clemens completed a 15-yard TD to RB Thomas Jones. The Chiefs would get on the board with kicker John Carney getting a 40-yard field goal, followed by Jets kicker Mike Nugent getting a 27-yard field goal to end the half.

After a scoreless third quarter, Kansas City would tie the game in the fourth quarter with Brodie Croyle completing a 26-yard TD pass to Jeff Webb. In overtime, New York sealed the win and the season with Nugent nailing the game-winning 43-yard field goal. The Chiefs ended their season with their twelfth loss, the franchise's first 4–12 season since 1978.

Pro Bowl[edit]

Tight end Tony Gonzalez and defensive end Jared Allen were the only Chiefs players elected to the 2008 Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawai'i. Gonzalez will make his ninth consecutive appearance, while Allen will make his first appearance after leading the NFL in quarterback sacks (15.5). It was the fewest number of Chiefs to be selected to the Pro Bowl since former guard Will Shields was the team's only representative in 1998.

Season statistics[edit]

All statistics through the completion of the 2007 NFL season (December 30, 2007).

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