Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kc's Offense Fizzles without Chief Weapon

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kc's Offense Fizzles without Chief Weapon

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Joe Montana wore a baseball cap Sunday, and the Houston Oilers wore a smile.

With the Chiefs grounded by the loss of Montana with an injured wrist, the Oilers' defense teed off on backup quarterback Dave Krieg for a 30-0 victory that marked big turnarounds for both teams from the first week.

Houston rebounded from 33-21 loss to New Orleans. Kansas City started the Montana era with a 27-3 victory over Tampa Bay, aided by Montana's three touchdown passes.

"I don't know if this cures everything, but it will do for a week," Houston coach Jack Pardee said. "We didn't get as much yardage as we're used to, but it helped that the defense scored, too."

The Oilers (1-1) stuffed the Chiefs' running game, holding it to 46 yards, caused five turnovers and sacked Krieg four times. Defensive end William Fuller batted down three of Krieg's passes.

Fuller said the Oilers realized that the 6-foot-1 Krieg "wasn't the tallest of quarterbacks, and (defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan) told the ends, don't get too far upfield. That enabled us to keep him in front of us. After I got the first one, I started looking for others."

Cris Dishman took the ball away from tight end Mike Dyal and ran 58 yards for a touchdown with 5 minutes 34 seconds to play. Then Lorenzo White scored from the 1 after Marcus Robertson's second interception.

"You don't know how happy I was to see Krieg come out" to start the game, Dishman said. "I mean, Krieg's a good quarterback, but Montana's great."

Montana suited up for the game but remained on the sidelines on coach Marty Schottenheimer's orders.

"We made the decision last night that I would not play," Montana said. "You always want to play, but Marty explained that we have a long season and if Krieg got hurt, that's the only way I would have played."

When the Chiefs fell behind, Montana still didn't expect to play.

"I had a feeling it wouldn't happen," Montana said. "I knew Marty's mind was already made up."

Ryan, embroiled all week over his criticism of the Oilers' offense, was happy with his defensive results. …

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