Led by an interim Head Coach and a new quarterback at the helm, the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS delivered a tremendous performance by handing the GREEN BAY PACKERS their first loss of the season. KYLE ORTON (Purdue) made his first start in a Chiefs uniform and by playing mistake-free football, Orton led the Chiefs to an impressive victory. The offensive line provided consistent protection all day, not allowing a single sack and only one hit on Orton. For the day, the Chiefs gained 438 yards. The Chiefs now join the list of this year’s contenders for the third annual Madden Protectors Award, presented by Prilosec OTC. The award honors the NFL’s best offensive line and will be presented during the week of Super Bowl XLVI, which will be played on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis. Past Madden Protectors Award recipients include the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2010) and the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2009).
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The Chiefs earned their sixth win of the season in their first game under interim Head Coach ROMEO CRENNEL. The Chiefs had previously lost five of their last six games coming into Week 15. The offensive line starts outside with tackles BRANDON ALBERT (Virginia) and BARRY RICHARDSON (Clemson). The guards providing protection inside are JON ASAMOAH (Illinois) and RYAN LILJA (Kansas State), while center CASEY WIEGMANN (Iowa) called the signals from the middle. Rookie guard RODNEY HUDSON (Florida State) also saw action. Offensive line coach BOB MUIR is in his third season with the Chiefs. Orton completed 23-of-31 passes for 299 yards, while the team rushed for a combined 139 yards. THOMAS JONES (Virginia), JACKIE BATTLE (Houston), LE RON MC CLAIN (Alabama), and DEXTER MC CLUSTER (Mississippi) all contributed in the effort on the ground adding the balance needed on offense to beat the Packers.
“To beat the undefeated Packers, Kansas City needed to control the time of possession and protect their quarterback. They did both,” said Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach JOHN MADDEN.
Other offensive lines from around the league delivering powerful protection during Week 15 play included the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (573 total yards, 412 passing yards, 161 rushing yards, 0 sacks allowed), the SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (415 total yards, 270 passing yards, 145 rushing yards, 0 sacks allowed), the MIAMI DOLPHINS (448 total yards, 194 passing yards, 254 rushing yards, 2 sacks allowed), and the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (287 total yards, 82 passing yards, 205 rushing yards, 0 sacks allowed).