Edwards' Plan Executed to Perfection

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The road will be rocky, but that's what happens when you have a young team experiencing growing pains. Sunday's victory over Denver proves Herm Edwards has the Chiefs on the right track. More ups and downs are on the horizon, but there's plenty to be happy about, including the play of Edwards' defense and his veteran quarterback.

For at least one week, Edwards' critics should be relatively quiet. The Chiefs were not expected to win against Denver, who strolled into Kansas City undefeated at 3-0. They left with a loss despite amassing nearly 500 yards of offense – mostly because Edwards' young bunch finally began to figure out professional football.

"We went in with the mindset that they have a very good offense and were going to move the ball some, but we had to hold them to field goals," said Edwards. "If you just hold them to field goals you're going to have a chance.

"Those kids deserve a win, and our fans deserve a win, too. We haven't won a football game in quite some time. I've never been in a drought like this before. Now we've got to try and build on this win."

That's the new task at hand for Edwards, who will take his 1-3 Chiefs to Carolina next week to play another division-leading football team. But for now he'll revel in victory as the Chiefs did the one thing they had to do.

"I think what we finally realized was we had to play with passion – just play, not worry about doing everything right or the score," said Edwards. "I thought for the most part we did that."

That passion showed up in the running game, as KC's offensive line cleared room for Larry Johnson's 198 yards and two touchdowns. The Chiefs' rushing attack started to find an identity last weekend against the Atlanta Falcons but not until late in the game. That wasn't the case this week.

"I thought we finished our blocks and we're starting to learn how to run the ball," said Edwards. "I thought we ran the ball last week and while we didn't win the game, we did some things running in the second half and we built on that. That was our mindset."

"The only way you can run effectively is if you don't get behind. We weren't behind and we kept running it. That was our whole emphasis. It was a close game and we wanted to stick to it. We didn't get down by two scores or anything like that. That was our plan."

The plan worked, and it also helped that quarterback Damon Huard stepped up with a solid performance, throwing for 160 yards on 21 of 28 passing with a touchdown to tight end Tony Gonzalez in the fourth quarter. That also pleased Edwards.

"We had great balance," he said. "We didn't make a whole lot of plays in the passing game, but we were able to run the football. We fed off our defense's energy and their ability to create turnovers and we kept fighting."

Chiefs Notes:

LT Branden Albert- He left the game in the third quarter with an elbow injury. Edwards didn't mention the severity of the injury, but the fact Albert was driven off in a cart with a trainer holding his arm steady isn't good news. Backup left tackle Herb Taylor filled in well for Albert.

QB Brodie Croyle - Per our source he's throwing the ball again and could be ready to play when the Chiefs return from their bye week October 19 against the Tennessee Titans.

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