KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 20, 2005) -- Despite a 24-17 victory that kept them unbeaten in the preseason, the Arizona Cardinals will have plenty to work on at practice next week.
"We just made some mistakes," said quarterback Kurt Warner. "We killed ourselves. It wasn't physical. It was mental. That's the frustrating part. You know physically you match up pretty well with them."
If nothing else, the Cardinals and Chiefs both learned a great deal about their backup quarterbacks and their kickers.
Josh McCown threw two touchdown passes in the second half in relief of Warner. But Damon Huard, who replaced Trent Green for Kansas City, was 1 of 12 for 11 yards and two interceptions. Huard was elevated to second team this week while regular backup Todd Collins nursed a hand injury.
Kansas City's Lawrence Tynes, who missed once last week against Minnesota, was short on a 38-yard attempt and wide from 46 yards.
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"He's in the tank," Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said of Tynes. "You miss two field goals like that -- not in the National Football League. He has thrown the red flag up the entire training camp in regard to being an accurate kicker on our practice field. So we have a real concern."
In the battle of first-teamers, the Chiefs (0-2) were winners. Green hit Samie Parker with an 8-yard pass in the first quarter and engineered a 42-yard drive that resulted in Tynes' 31-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead that held up until the Cardinals scored 10 points within less than a minute of the third quarter.
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"Once the quarterback dropped back, I baited him a little bit," said Green. "It felt good. I thought, 'Hey I made a big play.' I'll just use that as a confidence builder."
Warner, the former regular-season and Super Bowl MVP with the St. Louis Rams, had a second straight good outing. He hit 12 of 23 passes for 99 yards. Green was 6 of 10 for 59 yards.
Arizona running back Marcel Shipp, who spent last year on injured reserve, had a solid return, rushing for 56 yards on seven carries, including a 26-yard gainer.
"A year after not playing, I'm just excited to be back out there," he said. "I just want to get in there and get the job done. The line did a good job of blocking and I just picked my holes."
It was a nightmarish game for David Macklin, who started all 16 games at cornerback for the Cardinals last year and had four interceptions. The six-year veteran was flagged three times for pass interference while trying to defend Parker. The Chiefs picked up 33 yards on the first penalty against Macklin, and three plays later Green hit Parker for the TD.
Macklin was twice guilty of pass interference a few minutes later on a six-play, 42-yard drive that resulted in a 31-yarder by Tynes.
"I told Eddie (Kennison) in the huddle I'm not intentionally going the other way on purpose, right now Macklin's frustrated, and when you've got a frustrated corner you have to keep attacking him," Green said. "That's part of the game, and we got three calls and it set scoring opportunities up."
In a play that counted for nothing but held great significance for both teams, Anquan Boldin got loose down the sideline for a 49-yard touchdown pass from Warner in the first quarter.
A holding penalty on Leonard Davis brought the play back. But it was a good sign for the Cardinals that Boldin is OK after breaking his nose during a routine drill on Aug. 4 and missing the first preseason game.
And it was a chilling reminder of how vulnerable Dexter McCleon can be. The veteran cornerback, who lost his job for poor play two years ago, is slated to replace Eric Warfield while Warfield sits out the first four games for violating the NFL's drug policy.