KANSAS CITY, MO., NOV. 15 -- Freeman McNeil found the perfect way to celebrate his return to the New York Jets' starting lineup -- by having the second-best rushing day of his career.

Playing in a steady downpour, McNeil gained 184 yards today, setting up three field goals by Pat Leahy in the Jets' 16-9 victory that handed the Chiefs a club-record eighth straight loss.

"Looking over the past few weeks, it has been a trying situation for me," said McNeil, who started in place of injured Johnny Hector. "I am a professional. And I just had to keep a professional attitude about it and work as hard as I could. I want to keep going for it whether it's adversity or whether it's a day like today when everything seems to go right."

The loss spoiled the NFL debut of Frank Seurer, who set Big Eight passing records at the University of Kansas. Seurer was intercepted three times, completing 13 of 23 passes for 233 yards. He was also sacked five times and had a pass dropped in the end zone.

"That's the way it goes in the NFL; there are going to be mistakes out there," said first-year Kansas City Coach Frank Gansz . "It is something you have to anticipate. It was his first NFL game. I told him, 'Frankie, just go play and keep getting better.' "

Tight end Jonathan Hayes finished with 105 yards on five catches -- the most by a Kansas City tight end since 1982.

"I'm tired of saying how close we are to winning," Hayes said.

Ken O'Brien threw an 18-yard pass to Al Toon for the only touchdown on a cold, rainy day, as the Jets, who entered the game tied with the other four teams in the AFC East, improved to 5-4.

The Chiefs (1-8) have not won since beating San Diego opening day. The eight consecutive defeats broke the team record set in 1985.

Carl Howard's second interception stopped a Kansas City drive and gave the Jets the ball with 1:30 to play.

Leahy kicked a 39-yard field goal in the first period and Kansas City's Nick Lowery matched it with a 42-yarder in the second.

Lowery's 43-yard field goal gave the Chiefs a 6-3 lead 4:02 into the third period, then Leahy kicked a 24-yarder to forge a 6-6 tie that Lowery broke with an 18-yard kick 37 seconds before the end of the period.

Howard stepped in front of Stephone Paige to intercept Seurer's pass in the fourth period and returned it 29 yards to the Kansas City 35. A short time later, Toon beat cornerback Kevin Ross on a crossing pattern, giving the Jets a 13-9 lead.

Leahy completed the scoring with a 21-yard field goal with 2:19 left.

The Chiefs lost two starting linemen in the first half. Tackle Pete Koch left with a sprained knee in the first quarter and a sprained ankle sidelined Bill Maas, Kansas City's top defensive lineman, shortly before halftime.

O'Brien was about to be tackled midway through the third quarter when he lateraled to McNeil, who ran 30 yards to the 5, setting up Leahy's second field goal.

McNeil gained 95 yards in the first half.

Seurer's first pass carried 25 yards to Hayes on the opening play. But his fifth pass was intercepted by Jerry Holmes, who returned it 20 yards to the New York 45. McNeil ran for 13 yards, then after a holding penalty on the Jets, O'Brien hit Kurt Sohn for 21 yards to the 29, setting up Leahy's first field goal.

The Chiefs drove 50 yards in 10 plays to put Lowery in position for his first field goal with 12:44 left in the second period.

The Chiefs were forced to settle for Lowery's third field goal after failing to cash in on a fourth-and-goal situation.

N.Y. Jets 3 0 3 10 16 Kansas City 0 3 6 0 9

First Quarter

NY -- FG Leahy 39, 12:57 Second Quarter

KC -- FG Lowery 42, 2:16 Third Quarter

KC -- FG Lowery 43, 4:02

NY -- FG Leahy 24, 9:17

KC -- FG Lowery 18, 14:29 Fourth Quarter

NY -- Toon 18 pass from O'Brien (Leahy kick), 3:56

NY -- FG Leahy 21, 12:41

A -- 40,718

Jets Chiefs First downs 19 18 Rushes-yards 38-227 21-109 Passing yards 102 190 Return yards 57 5 Passing 14-23-0 13-24-3 Sacked-yards lost 4-30 5-43 Punts-average 4-38 3-38 Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0 Penalties-yards 7-60 4-29 Time of possession 32:59

RUSHING -- New York: McNeil 26-184, Vick 7-40, Bligen 1-4, Faaola 1-1, O'Brien 3-minus 2. Kansas City: Okoy

PASSING -- New York: O'Brien 14-22-0, 132 yards, Ryan 0-1-0, 0. Kansas City: Seurer 13-23-3, 233, Palmer 0-

RECEIVING -- New York: Toon 3-36, Klever 3-17, Bligen 3-13, Sohn 2-34, Griggs 1-13, Vick 1-11, McNeil 1-8.

MISSED FIELD GOALS -- New York: Leahy, 49.