KANSAS CITY — It’s time for people to start taking notice when Greg Wesley makes bold predictions.
Right before a game against Miami in 2002, Kansas City’s free safety said he would get three interceptions, and did. Then Sunday he picked off three of Tom Brady’s passes after telling teammates he would. Sammy Knight grabbed a fourth and the Chiefs beat the injury-tattered New England Patriots 26-16.
Larry Johnson, played his fourth straight outstanding game, running for 119 yards and a touchdown as the Chiefs (7-4) stayed within two games of Denver in the AFC West. The Patriots (6-5) remained two games ahead of Buffalo in the AFC East.
“Maybe I should do it more often,” Wesley said. “I had three the other time, but it doesn’t compare to this.”
He had tight end Tony Gonzalez to verify his prediction.
“I said, `How many are you going to get for me?’ “ Gonzalez said. “He said three.”
Brady was high on many throws. Three of the interceptions were deflected, including Knight’s, which he snagged when it bounced off Tim Dwight’s hands after the Patriots pulled within 10 points.
The four interceptions tied Brady’s career-high and his quarterback rating of 42.5 tied for second lowest in his career.
“Tough day,” said Brady, who went 22-for-40 for 248 yards and one touchdown.
In the first 10 games, he has been intercepted only six times.
An aggressive defense also kept pressure on him.
Two of Wesley’s interceptions set up field goals by Lawrence Tynes, who tied an NFL record with four in one period.
Running behind an offensive line bolstered by the return of Pro Bowl left tackle Willie Roaf, Johnson pounded New England inside and out, displaying a Priest Holmes-like patience behind his blockers that was missing his first two years.
Johnson, who had a franchise-record 211 yards rushing against Houston the previous week, has 462 yards in three games since three-time Pro Bowler Holmes went on injured reserve.
He had a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the first quarter and also caught five passes for 53 yards, including a 30-yard gain on a screen pass. He declined to speak with reporters.
The Chiefs scored on five of their first six possessions, including Tynes’ 12 points in the second period. He hit from 25, 30, 33 and 47 yards in the quarter.
Then Johnson made just about his only mistake and fumbled, with Ty Warren recovering on the Kansas City 21.
The Chiefs scored on all five first-half possessions, getting a touchdown on Johnson’s 1-yard run and then Tynes’ field goals.