With the offense getting into the end zone for the first two times this preseason, Kansas City dominated the Minnesota Vikings for a 26-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs, 2-1, rolled up 429 total yards of total offense and a touchdown in each half. Quarterback Trent Green and wide receiver Marc Boerigter combined for a 59-yard touchdown in the first half and backup Todd Collins found former Missouri Tiger Dwayne Blakley for a 12-yard score in the fourth quarter.
"When you have that many yards, you are doing all right," Vermeil said. "I was happy that we were able to get into the end zone. To bang the ball around as we have and moved it and not get any touchdowns was disappointing. We still have to be better. Overall, though, there was improvement."
The most extensive playing time for the first-team offense provided the best results so far this preseason.
The Chiefs pounded out 283 yards and 14 first downs offensively in the first half. Quarterback Trent Green completed 7-of-13 passes for 152 yards, including Kansas City's first touchdown, as Boerigter took a 20-yard pass and used his legs to turn it into a score.
"We've been working on that play a lot throughout training camp and he's never really gotten the ball," Green said. "The coverage they gave us and all, it all just kind of worked out well. Anytime you're a quarterback and can throw a 15-20 yards pass and you have the receivers we have that can turn big plays, it's great to see."
Boerigter caught a pass alone down the right sideline at the Minnesota 35 and showed impressive speed to blow past the Vikings' starters Corey Chavous, Willie Offord and Denard Walker for the touchdown to give the Chiefs a 13-7 lead with 8:38 left in the second quarter.
"Trent just stuck it in the hole in the zone," Boerigter, who scored eight touchdowns in only 20 receptions last season, said. "It's great for our offense to get that going. We needed to stick something in the end zone and a play like that kind of breaks the ice for us."
Kansas City settled for a field goal, its sixth of the preseason, on its first drive after going 38 yards on 10 plays. Morten Andersen's 38-yard field goal made it 3-0.
A muffed Dante Hall punt return recovered by Mo Williams gave Minnesota prime field position for its only touchdown of the first half.
The Vikings drove 14 yards in four plays and scored on Onterrio Smith's 1-yard run for a 7-3 lead.
"I was disappointed with the turnover there, but Dante Hall's a human being," Vermeil said.
Kansas City's defense held Minnesota to only 100 yards total offense in the first half and 187 yards for the game. The Chiefs sacked Vikings quarterback Duante Culpepper three times and limited him to 68 yards passing on 8-of-13 attempts. Wide receiver Randy Moss, covered predominately by Chiefs' cornerback Eric Warfield, had two catches for 14 yards.
"Our defense did a good job of dominating the line of scrimmage," Vermeil said. "We knocked them around back there and it was good to get that kind of pressure in the backfield."
Priest Holmes' best carry of the preseason, an 11-yard run, was a key play in Kansas City's next scoring drive which ended with an Andersen 21-yard field goal to make it 7-6 early in the second quarter.
Holmes had nine carries for 41 yards. Derrick Blaylock took over for Holmes in the second quarter and gained 48 yards on six carries.
Backup quarterback Todd Collins engineered a 52-yard drive in the final 1:07 of the second quarter, completing 3-of-4 passes for 39 yards.
Johnnie Morton continued his strong training camp by catching Collins' passes of 17 and 13 yards to set up Andersen's 42-yard field goal as time expired.
Morton finished with four catches for 57 yards.
Collins completed 8-of-13 passes for 139 yards.