Panthers exploit Chiefs' weak link

Updated: September 20, 2004, 12:03 PM ET
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Editor's note: Our scouts roll back the tape on the second weekend of the 2004 NFL season, breaking down the Chiefs' struggles on defense and much more:

The Panthers' game plan on Sunday was simple. The run game continually attacked Kansas City MLB Monty Beisel, a special teams player forced into the starting lineup. Carolina isolated Beisel on the second level and attacked him with FB Brad Hoover, who is an excellent blocker, and he dominated Beisel all day while opening holes for DeShaun Foster.

DeShaun Foster
Foster
The Chiefs are not only missing tackles, but when they do tackle it is on the second level because they are losing the battle at the line of scrimmage. Nobody questions new Kansas City defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham's ability to coach, but he must be shocked at how poorly his defense is playing after an 0-2 start. The Chiefs missed countless tackles and allowed Foster and Carolina to rush for 183 yards.

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