Redskins 0

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Chiefs 20

(1-0, 1-0 home)

8:30 PM ET, August 12, 2001


2000 Washington Leaders

Passing: Johnson - 228-365, 2505 yds, 11 tds

Rushing: Davis - 332 car, 1318 yds, 11 tds

Receiving: Connell - 39 rec, 762 yds, 3 tds

2000 Kansas City Leaders

Passing: Grbac - 326-547, 4169 yds, 28 tds

Rushing: Richardson - 147 car, 697 yds, 3 tds

Receiving: Alexander - 78 rec, 1391 yds, 10 tds

Kansas City looks a lot better than Washington right now

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Marty Schottenheimer must have been wishing he'd stayed in Kansas City.

Chiefs fans were probably glad he left.

With their new quarterback looking sharp and their new running back averaging almost 10 yards a carry, the Chiefs blanked Washington 20-0 Sunday night in the debut of new coach Dick Vermeil.

Thoroughly spoiled was the Redskins' debut of Schottenheimer, the Chiefs' coach from 1989-98.

The Chiefs had 412 total yards to just 99 for the Redskins, who were without their starting quarterback and both starting defensive ends. It was Kansas City's first preseason shutout since 1992.

"I don't think I'm embarrassed by any effort," Schottenheimer said. "This football team worked hard tonight. The football team we played was better than us."

Vermeil, lured out of a one-year retirement, saw both good and bad.

"I was very pleased with our execution in every phase of the game," he said. "We're also aware that the Redskins came in without their starting quarterback and without some of their starting defensive people."

The Redskins had only 32 net yards as the Chiefs took a 20-0 halftime lead.

Trent Green was 6-for-11 -- including one drop -- for 97 yards and one touchdown. Priest Holmes averaged almost 10 yards on three carries, including a darting, weaving 17-yard run that helped set up Todd Peterson's 23-yard field goal.

On the Chiefs' next possession, Green completed a 33-yarder to Mikhael Ricks and then found Derrick Mayes, who beat Donovan Greer on a 29-yard scoring pass.

"When you bring in a new offense as complex as this one, it's great to see guys in the right place, and the protection I had," Green said. "I can't say enough about those first three series we ran. I thought the guys played real well."

Dante Hall, fighting for a job as Chiefs punt returner, made it 17-0 three minutes into the second quarter with a 92-yard touchdown return. Taking the ball on his own 8, Hall weaved almost untouched through a scattered-out mass of would-be tacklers.

Near the 10, Justin Skaggs got a hand on Hall's ankle, but he kept his balance and went into the end zone.

"I just went out and had some great blocking and was able to make some moves," he said.

Backup quarterback Todd Collins hit three third-down passes during a 16-play, 70-yard drive later in the second period. Rookie free agent Lawrence Tynes capped it with a 22-yard field goal.

Peterson had an attempt blocked by Ifeanyi Ohalete, a rookie defensive back from Southern California.

Redskins rookie Sage Rosenfels found Darnerien McCants for 33 yards to the 5 on third-and-9 late in the fourth period. But Andre O'Neal preserved the shutout by breaking up Rosenfels' pass on fourth-and-4.

"We just didn't perform out there today," Washington wide receiver Michael Westbrook said. "I can take responsibility for some of that. I'm a playmaker and I didn't make any plays today. Not doing anything in 12 different plays, there's no excuse on my part."

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