Best Fan: Obviously following the lead of the Blue Man Group, one Chiefs supporter painted his shaved head red and donned yellow reflective sunglasses. Red Man got his share of camera time in the first quarter and made the most of it, rooting on his Chiefs with animated gestures and loud cheers. Remember the overplayed 1980s ballad "Lady in Red" by Chris de Burgh? Think "Chiefs Fan in Red . . . "

Worst Injury: The Redskins could have used cornerback Shawn Springs against the high-octane Chiefs. Springs missed the game with a bruised shin. The Redskins' secondary was pretty beat up even without Springs. Walt Harris was back after missing time with a bruised calf, and rookie cornerback Carlos Rogers missed practice Wednesday and Thursday because he was resting a sore ankle.

Best Cure: A struggling Redskins offense found just the remedy in a shaky Chiefs secondary. Kansas City entered the game giving up 273 passing yards per game, third to last in the league, and Washington took advantage to score its most points this season. Quarterback Mark Brunell had his best passing game of the season, throwing for 331 yards and three touchdowns.

Worst Running: The Redskins wanted to establish tailback Clinton Portis, but he never got into a rhythm and finished with 77 yards on 21 carries. Portis has yet to score a touchdown this season.

Best Balancing Act: Early in the third quarter, Brunell dumped off the ball to Santana Moss. The speedy wide receiver broke free from the pack and stayed inbounds as he raced down the left sideline to turn the short pass into a 78-yard touchdown that tied the game at 14.

Worst Fumble: The Redskins had moved to the Chiefs 25-yard line midway through the third quarter when they handed off to Rock Cartwright. The seldom-used fullback fumbled after a gain of three yards, and Chiefs safety Sammy Knight picked up the loose ball en route to returning it 80 yards for a touchdown.

Worst Throw: With the Redskins at the Chiefs 33 and trying for the tying touchdown in the closing seconds, wide receiver James Thrash was wide open over the middle. But Brunell threw high, giving Thrash no chance at making the catch.

Worst on Paper: For the second straight game, the Redskins dominated statistically but failed to come out ahead on the scoreboard. Washington had 398 yards of offense to Kansas City's 274, had eight more first downs and held a time-of-possession advantage of 32 minutes 20 seconds to 27:40.

-- Gene Wang

Rock Cartwright loses his grip, and the result is an 80-yard fumble return by Sammy Knight.