Bill Kenney threw two touchdown passes to Stephone Paige and Deron Cherry tied an NFL record with four interceptions today in leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a wet 28-7 victory over Seattle.
Paige, starting in place of injured Carlos Carson, caught touchdown passes of 34 yards in the first quarter and eight yards in the third for the Chiefs (3-1). Kenney also ran one yard and Herman Heard ran two yards for touchdowns.
The Seahawks had seven turnovers, including four interceptions of Dave Krieg, top-ranked in the AFC.
Seattle Coach Chuck Knox brushed aside references to the cold rain that fell all day, making the artificial surface slick. "You're not going to beat anybody with seven turnovers," he said. "It's a tough way to start if you leave the ball laying out there."
Heard ran in the Chiefs' first touchdown after Seahawk Danny Greene fumbled a punt on the Seattle five. On their second possession, Kenney passed to Paige in the end zone on third-and-nine from the 34.
Late in the second period, Krieg underthrew and Greg Hill returned the interception 37 yards to the 13. Kenney jackknifed across the goal line for a 21-0 lead.
The Chiefs went up, 28-0, midway through the third period after Cherry ran 24 yards with a Krieg pass to the 14. Paige took Kenney's eight-yard touchdown pass.
Kenney left in the fourth quarter with what officials called a minor shoulder injury. He hit eight of 19 passes for 116 yards.
The Seahawks moved inside the 30 on three consecutive second-quarter possessions but were stopped by the Cherry interception, a fumble and a missed field goal.
Seattle scored after Kenny Easley intercepted a Kenney pass and, on the next play, Daryl Turner caught a 35-yard pass from Krieg with 2 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.
On Seattle's next possession, Krieg threw his fourth interception and third to Cherry and was relieved by rookie Gale Gilbert. Krieg was 19 of 38 for 220 yards. Cherry's fourth interception came off Gilbert with 2:15 left in the game.
Cherry credited his performance to Miami quarterback Dan Marino, whose passing beat the Chiefs, 31-0, last week. "He taught me a lesson about playing free safety. He would look me off a receiver and then throw back that way . . . " Cherry said. "(Today) instead of reacting to his (Krieg's) looks, I reacted to the football . . . "