KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The battles-within-the-battle are most intriguing in NFL practice games.
From that perspective, Kansas City's 26-16 exhibition victory over the Minnesota Vikings proved a good night for Doug Chapman and Derrick Blaylock.
Chapman, the four-year veteran competing with rookie Onterrio Smith to be Minnesota's featured running back, had 34 yards on six carries, averaging 5.7 yards. Smith had four carries and netted two yards, including a 1-yard touchdown plunge.
Blaylock clearly bettered first-round draft choice Larry Johnson in the fight to back up Priest Holmes in the Chiefs' backfield. Carrying six times, Blaylock showed good quickness while picking up 48 yards. He had one 17-yard gain going around the corner in the second quarter.
Johnson picked up 26 yards on nine carries.
"Chapman ran hard and really showed his toughness in there and averaged almost six yards a carry," said Minnesota coach Mike Tice. "I thought that was outstanding."
While Blaylock had the advantage of running behind the first-team offensive line, he also had the disadvantage of facing the Vikings' No. 1 defense.
"I thought Derrick Blaylock came in and showed some flashes, which was nice," Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said. "Larry Johnson showed a flash or two, which was good. He's got to grow."
The Chiefs, who led the NFL in scoring last year but had failed to reach the end zone in two exhibition games, finally ended that drought. Trent Green connected with Marc Boerigter on a 59-yard touchdown pass play in the second quarter. Then backup quarterback Todd Collins, who also had a good game, threw a 12-yard touchdown pass through an apparently confused Minnesota secondary in the second half.
Green was 7-of-13 for 152 yards. Collins hit 8-of-13 for 139 yards.
"I felt good," Collins said. "At the end of the first half we went into a two-minute drill and that was my first time to work with the first unit. This is my third year in the system. I do feel more comfortable. I think it's natural coming up through the system watching Trent and letting the coaches coach me."
Daunte Culpepper was harried all night by a Kansas City defense that clearly had its best game of the exhibition season. He wound up hitting 8-of-13 for 68 yards while scrambling four times for 17 yards.
"Our quarterback was under heat the whole day," said Tice. "He hung in there and battled with no turnovers."
Also making a good impression was young cornerback Horace Willis.
"I thought that Horace Willis continues to show that he might belong here," Tice said. "Each time he's on the field he makes a big play."
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 Smith.
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. "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."
Minnesota 7 3 0 6 -- 16
Kansas City 3 13 3 7 -- 26
KC--FG Andersen 38, 11:58.
Min--O.Smith 1 run (France kick), 8:15.
KC--FG Andersen 21, 11:31.
KC--Boerigter 59 pass from Green (Andersen kick), 8:38.
Min--FG Elling 48, 1:07.
KC--FG Andersen 42, :00.
KC--FG Cortez 46, 2:27.
KC--Blakley 12 pass from Collins (Cortez kick), 10:48.
Min--Burleson 1 pass from Hill (pass failed), 4:18.
First downs 16 22
Rushes-yards 28-80 34-149
Passing 107 280
Punt Returns 2-16 5-56
Kickoff Returns 5-137 4-108
Interceptions Ret. 1-39 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 21-30-0 16-29-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 5-48 2-21
Punts 8-44.3 3-40.0
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 3-2
Penalties-Yards 11-75 6-41
Time of Possession 32:52 27:08
RUSHING--Minnesota, Chapman, 6-34, Ned 7-23, Culpepper 4-17, Wofford 4-4, O.Smith 4-2, Hill 2-1, M.Williams, 1-(minus 1). Kansas City, Blaylock 6-48, Holmes 9-41, Johnson 9-26, Childs 5-14, Hall 2-13, Horn 1-5, Easy 1-2, Green 1-0.
PASSING--Minnesota, Culpepper 8-13-0-68, Hill 11-13-0-66, Wood 2-4-0-21. Kansas City, Green 7-13-0-152, Collins 8-13-0-139, Priestly 1-3-1-10.
RECEIVING--Minnesota, Burleson 6-56, Moss 2-14, Clark 2-11, Howry 2-5, M.Williams 1-18, Bates 1-12, Bo.Smith 1-9, Campbell 1-8, Wofford 1-7, Berton 1-6, Goodwin 1-4, Chamberlain 1-3, Lynch 1-2. Kansas City, Morton 4-57, Horn 3-76, Boerigter 2-85, Hall 2-15, Gonzalez 1-19, Kennison 1-16, Blakley 1-12, Johnson 1-11, Hall 1-10.
MISSED FIELD GOALS--None.
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