Chiefs Offense Rolls but Defense Struggles

The Chiefs defense had no answers for Giants running back Ron Dayne who gashed the Chiefs for two long touchdown runs as Kansas City fell 34-24 in their 2004 exibition opener Friday night.

Let's hope the Chiefs defensive performance in the exhibition opener against the Giants was not an omen for things to come. But the Chiefs defense gave up 188 yards rushing as Giants running back Ron Dayne scored two touchdowns one from 29 yards and the other untouched for 67 yards.

The game started out strong for the Chiefs as Trent Green ran an efficient offense that sliced up the Giants stellar defensive unit. Rookie Tight End Kris Wilson made his NFL debut by scoring the first points of the exhibition season on a 23-yard catch and run from Trent Green that made the score 7-0.

On the next possession, Green went back to the air and completed a 32-yard reception to surprise rookie wide receiver Richard Smith. In fact, Smith led the team in receptions with three and yards (74). Smith's catch helped set up the Chiefs second touchdown as Larry Johnson scored on a 3-yard run giving Kansas City a 14-0 lead.

But the Giants attacked the Chiefs defense in the second quarter as Dayne scored his first touchdown making the score 14-7. The Chiefs added a Lawrence Tynes 27yard field goal extending the Kansas City lead 17-7.

After Dayne scored his second touchdown, the Chiefs came back as Todd Collins led the offense on a 11-play, 84-yard drive that culminated with a 1-yard touchdown plunge by running back Omar Easy making the score 24-14. Those would end up being the last points of the game for the Chiefs offense.

In the fourth quarter the Giants scored 17 points and sealed the game as third string quarterback Jesse Palmer led a Giants attack that moved at will against the Chiefs third string defense. The former Bachelor star found David Tyree for a 11-yard scoring strike and then on the next possession led a short drive that ended when running back Chris Douglas knifed through a gaping hole for the games final score.

The Chiefs are off until a week from Monday where they'll make their 2004 home debut in a Monday Night tip-off against in state rivals St. Louis. The Rams are 0-1 in the exhibition season they lost to the Chicago Bears 13-10 in overtime on Thursday night. Top Stories