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Minnesota at Kansas City

Chiefs finally get offense going; Holmes looks healthy, quick

SportsLine.com wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The NFL's highest-scoring offense was starting to feel embarrassed.

In two exhibition games covering more than six quarters, the Kansas City offense that led the league in scoring in 2002 had failed to score a touchdown.

But Trent Green and Marc Boerigter took care of that with one quick strike Saturday night, connecting on a 59-yard TD pass in the second quarter of a 26-16 victory over Minnesota.

"It's good to get in the end zone, that's for sure," Green said. "We just happened to catch them in the right coverage, and (Boerigter) is not even the primary receiver. Then, of course, his speed kind of split the safeties. It's just nice to finally get in the end zone."

Kansas City running back Priest Holmes, coming back from season-ending hip surgery, got the most carries he's had all summer. He went 41 yards on nine carries, including an 11-yard run and back-to-back 8-yard bursts that seemed to confirm that his hip is near 100 percent.

"Giving (Holmes) more touches allowed him to be more productive," said Green, who was 7-of-13 fir 152 yards. "I thought he broke through and had some nice moves and made some guys miss. Instead of those 2- and 3-yard runs, he was able to pop a couple of 8 and 10-yard runs. It was nice to see him get more involved."

But Holmes also fumbled and lost 4 yards after the Chiefs had driven to a first-and-goal from the 10 on their first possession. A few minutes later, Andersen kicked a 38-yarder.

Todd Collins also threw a TD pass for Kansas City (2-1), and Morten Andersen kicked three field goals and Jose Cortez made one.

The Vikings (0-2) got a 1-yard TD run in the first quarter from rookie Onterrio Smith, who was drafted in the fourth round and is competing with Doug Chapman to be the featured running back.

The Chiefs finally broke the TD drought when Boerigter got loose with 8:38 left in the second quarter.

The Canadian Football League veteran, in his second year in the NFL, caught the ball between three defenders at about the 35 and sped untouched into the end zone.

"We just need to keep plugging away," Boerigter said. "We have two more preseason games to get it right, and we will get it right."

Minnesota cornerback Denard Walker pulled a hamstring on the play and did not return. The Vikings' other starting cornerback, Ken Irvin, has a toe injury and did not make the trip.

Daunte Culpepper played most of the first half for the Vikings and was 8-of-13 for 68 yards, including an 18-yarder. Smith's touchdown came in the first quarter after Dante Hall muffed a punt and Moe Williams recovered for Minnesota on the Kansas City 14.

Chapman picked up 34 yards on six carries while Smith carried four times for a net of 2 yards.

"It was obvious we have a lot of improving to do," said Smith. "That's just the bottom line right there. The touchdown doesn't feel as good as it would if we had won the game. It's a touchdown. We got to a point where we couldn't complete what we started."

Anderson also kicked a 21-yarder and added a 42-yarder as time expired in the first half. Cortez, competing with the 43-year-old Andersen for kicking chores, had a 46-yard field goal in the third period. In his first opportunity of the preseason to handle kickoffs, Cortez sent several to the end zone.

Aaron Eiling kicked a 48-yard field goal for Minnesota with 1:07 left in the half.

Derrick Blaylock had a good night in his competition with first-round draft pick Larry Johnson for the No. 2 running back spot, carrying six times for 48 yards. Johnson had nine carries for 26 yards and also picked up 11 yards on a pass.

Jimmy Wilkerson, the rookie defensive end who came out of Oklahoma as a junior, threw Minnesota rookie quarterback Juston Wood for a 15-yard loss in the fourth period.

A few minutes later, backup quarterback Todd Collins seemed to catch the Vikings' defensive reserves off balance, connecting for 35 yards to Chris Horn and 12 yards to Dwayne Blakely for a touchdown that made it 26-10 with 10:48 to go.

With 4:18 left, Shaun Hill hit Nate Burleson with a 1-yard TD pass for the Vikings, who failed on a 2-point conversion attempt.

"It's good to have some good plays, but I'm going to look at the mistakes and go back and try to correct those," Hill said.

The Associated Press News Service

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Scoring Summary
FGMorten Andersen 38 Yd, 11:58. Drive: 10 plays, 38 yards in 3:02.
TDOnterrio Smith, 1 Yd run (Todd France kick is good), 8:15. Drive: 4 plays, 14 yards in 1:46.
FGMorten Andersen 21 Yd, 11:31. Drive: 12 plays, 83 yards in 5:29.
TDMarc Boerigter, 59 Yd pass from Trent Green (Morten Andersen kick is good), 8:38. Drive: 2 plays, 76 yards in 0:34.
FGAaron Elling 48 Yd, 1:07. Drive: 7 plays, 31 yards in 1:57.
FGMorten Andersen 42 Yd, 0:00. Drive: 7 plays, 52 yards in 1:07.
FGJose Cortez 46 Yd, 2:27. Drive: 7 plays, 54 yards in 3:07.
TDDwayne Blakley, 12 Yd pass from Todd Collins (Jose Cortez kick is good), 10:48. Drive: 2 plays, 47 yards in 0:50.
TDNate Burleson, 1 Yd pass from Shaun Hill (Shaun Hill 2 Pt. Conversion pass to Sean Berton failed), 4:18. Drive: 6 plays, 43 yards in 3:01.
D. Culpepper8/136800
S. Hill11/136610
J. Wood2/42100
D. Chapman634010
L. Ned723015
D. Culpepper41707
J. Wofford4403
O. Smith4212
S. Hill2101
M. Williams1-10-1
N. Burleson656120
M. Williams118018
R. Moss21409
D. Bates112012
K. Clark21107
O. Smith1909
K. Campbell1808
J. Wofford1707
S. Berton1606
K. Howry2504
H. Goodwin1404
B. Chamberlain1303
J. Lynch1202
Kansas City
T. Green7/1315210
T. Collins8/1313910
D. Priestley1/31001
D. Blaylock648017
P. Holmes941011
L. Johnson926013
H. Childs51409
J. Hall213011
C. Horn1505
O. Easy1202
T. Green1000
M. Boerigter285159
C. Horn376035
J. Morton457017
T. Gonzalez119019
E. Kennison116016
D. Hall21509
D. Blakley112112
L. Johnson111011
J. Hall110010
Complete Player Stats