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Slow Start Doesn't Finish Kenney; Chiefs Win, 27-7

November 10, 1986| From Times Wire Services

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bill Kenney threw two interceptions with his first four passes but came back to throw three touchdown passes and lead Kansas City to a 27-7 victory over Seattle Sunday.

The Chiefs also fumbled Seattle's first punt. But the Seahawks failed to cash in on the turnovers, and by the middle of the second quarter, the momentum had shifted.

"I knew it was my fault that we were in a hole like that and I went to the sidelines and said, 'I'm sorry, fellas, I blew it,' " Kenney said.

But his teammates would not let Kenney get down on himself. "You're always telling us that we're a team, that we win and lose as a team," guard Mark Adickes told him. "We know you can get the job done."

A group of Chiefs yelled their agreement.

"When they said that, and when I saw that the defense had held them to no points despite the three turnovers, then I just had a feeling it was going to be our day," Kenney said.

The Seahawks got only 14 total yards and a missed field goal from the three turnovers as the Chiefs raised their record to 7-3, their best 10-game record since a 7-2-1 start in 1971 led to their last playoff appearance.

Meanwhile, the Seahawks (5-5) are floundering. They managed only 133 net yards Sunday in losing for the fourth time in five games. Gale Gilbert started at quarterback for the second straight week, was replaced by Dave Kreig at the start of the second half and then returned to play the fourth quarter.

"We didn't have any offense at all today," Seahawk Coach Chuck Knox said. "We were emotionally ready to play. We got a turnover right off the bat, but we gave it right back to them. I thought we would play better than this."

Kenney, who replaced Todd Blackledge in the Chiefs' seventh game, hit nine consecutive passes in one stretch of the decisive second quarter and wound up with 22 completions in 41 attempts for 256 yards.

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