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Kansas City Chiefs Inside Slant 2008-10-28


Kansas City Chiefs Inside Slant 2008-10-28
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As Kansas City's attempts to lure Daunte Culpepper out of retirement appear to be going nowhere, the 1-6 Chiefs are at least feeling a little better about Tyler Thigpen, the young replacement quarterback who will take them into the second part of the season following season-ending injuries in the same week to both Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard.

Shifting into a quasi-spread offense with some occasional no-huddle that bore some resemblance to what Thigpen played at tiny Coastal Carolina, the Chiefs put their No. 3 quarterback in enough of a comfort zone that he statistically outdueled future Hall of Famer Brett Favre.

Favre got the only statistical edge that matters to a quarterback -- the W in the Jets 28-24 victory over the double-digit underdog Chiefs -- but Thigpen had a day to tell his kids about someday.

In just his second NFL start, Thigpen hit his first 10 passes for 121 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown toss to Tony Gonzalez. He was 15 of 20 at halftime, with his last throw going for an 11-yard touchdown to Mark Bradley that tied the game at 14 just seconds before intermission at a stunned Giants Stadium.

Thigpen, rolling out and throwing on the run like he did in college, improved to 21 of 26 during a third-quarter drive that produced a field goal and a 17-14 Chiefs lead.

The sad part of the story for the Chiefs is that they couldn't hold that lead, or a 24-21 edge after Brandon Flowers returned Favre's third interception of the day 91 yards for a touchdown with 7:48 remaining.

Favre, veteran that he is, made the most of Leon Washington's 37-yard punt return -- after he'd scored on an 18-yard screen pass and an untouched 60-yard draw play in the first half - by driving the Jets 46 yards for the game-winning touchdown pass with 60 seconds left.

But Thigpen and the mini-spread were a ray of sunshine on the Chiefs' gloomy quarterback picture. And though the Chiefs tried unsuccessfully to talk Culpepper out of retirement this week, there is now hope that Thigpen can be a suitable hand on the wheel until a more experienced replacement comes along.

"It wasn't about outplaying him," Thigpen said of Favre, who had a 76.0 rating to Thigpen's 110.9. "It was about playing for myself and my offense. Offensively we played a good game and we had a chance there at the end to win. We just didn't get it in."



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 28, 2008

Ken Shackleford Name: Ken Shackleford
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