Green-to-Gonzalez combo too much for Dolphins


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- This would be a good week for Trent Green bashers to give it a rest.

Question on the Chiefs: Will they be able to score like this against their AFC West foes?
Heading into the season, I thought the AFC West would be the toughest division. And I don't think Kansas City will have the same success against their AFC West rivals. Priest Holmes and Tony Gonzalez are great weapons, but they won't be enough vs. Oakland, Denver and San Diego.

Question on the Dolphins: What happened to their defense today?
The Dolphins tend to play good defense against pass-oriented offenses. But today, Gonzalez opened everything up for the Chiefs, controlling the middle of the field. Trent Green (five TD passes, no picks) was outstanding, and lots of other players contributed to dismantling Miami's D.

Eric Allen played 14 seasons in the NFL for the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

With his finest game since 1999, when knee surgery nearly
wrecked his career, Green threw five touchdown passes, three to
Tony Gonzalez, leading Kansas City past previously unbeaten Miami
48-30 Sunday.

He even ran for 48 yards and threw a textbook block on Priest Holmes' TD run.

"It's fun to have a day like that,'' said Green, who was
24-of-34 for 328 yards. The man who threw an NFL-high 24
interceptions last year and is constantly criticized did not get
picked off once.

"Throw the block in there and that makes it that much more
enjoyable,'' he said with a grin.

The high-flying offense of the Chiefs (2-2) scored 38 the week
before against New England's respected defense and has been held
under that total just once in four games. In their first three
games, the Dolphins had allowed an average of 12.3 points.

Safety Greg Wesley intercepted three of Jay Fiedler's passes in
the final eight minutes, setting up the final 10 points for the
underdog Chiefs, who had lost five in a row to the Dolphins (3-1).

"It was just a frustrating day and a humbling experience,''
said Miami safety Brock Marion, who was draped all over Gonzalez
when he made his third touchdown catch.

Added Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas, "I didn't expect their
passing game to be that good.''

Gonzalez, the All-Pro tight end who missed all of training camp,
caught seven balls for 140 yards. He set the tone early with a
30-yard gain to set up his own 9-yard TD reception.

"It was something we saw on film, where the guy covers me
man-to-man and the middle of the field is wide open,'' he said.
"We saw (5-foot-11) Zach Thomas isn't that tall and I'm able to
jump over him.''

Running backs Ricky Williams and Holmes, in the meantime, were
almost relegated to bit players on a day that featured 849 yards of

Miami's Williams rushed for 66 yards, including a 3-yard TD run.
Holmes caught six passes for 63 yards and ran for 52, including a
25-yard TD burst.

"We knew facing a team like Kansas City that we really would
need to step up our play today,'' said Williams.

Leading 38-30 after Fiedler's 6-yard TD pass to Rob Konrad, the
Chiefs made it 41-30 on Morten Andersen's 24-yard field goal after
Wesley's first interception.

Less than two minutes later, Green hit Billy Baber on a 3-yard
TD pass.

"A couple of those were gifts, but I'm glad to take them,''
said Wesley.

The Chiefs took a 31-16 lead early in the third on Green's
perfectly thrown pass to Gonzalez. The ball floated just over the
reach of cornerback Sam Madson, then the 6-5, 250-pound Gonzalez
broke Arturo Freeman's tackle on the 5 for a 42-yard scoring play.

Then came Williams' 3-yard scoring run. But Green carried 16
yards to the Miami 8 and then threw a dart to Gonzalez in the end

The Dolphins, looking for their first 4-0 start in seven years,
needed only four plays to go 52 yards on their first possession,
capped by Fiedler's 1-yard TD plunge.

Then Green and Gonzalez went to work, capping an 11-play,
83-yard march with a 9-yard TD pass to the tight end.

A moment later, Marvcus Patton recovered Williams' fumble on the
Miami 36 and set up Andersen's 50-yard field goal.

The Chiefs took a 17-10 lead when Green threw a pancake block on
Freeman, springing Holmes for his 25-yard run.

"I just had him off-balance. Believe me, it's not because I'm
bigger and stronger than he is,'' Green said.

Eric Warfield intercepted Fiedler's tipped pass midway through
the second quarter and Green -- after pass interference and
roughing-the-passer penalties on consecutive plays -- threw an
8-yard scoring pass to Johnnie Morton.

Orlindo Mare kicked field goals of 42, 29 and 25 yards in the
third period for the Dolphins.

Fiedler was 29-of-45 for 310 yards and one TD. He was
intercepted four times by an embattled defense ranked last in the

Game notes
It was the biggest sports day in Kansas City area
history, with NASCAR's Winston Cup race drawing about 80,000 at
Kansas Speedway, along with a paid attendance of 78,178 for the
Dolphins-Chiefs game. ... Miami's double-overtime win on Christmas
Day 1971 is still the longest game in NFL history: 82 minutes, 40
seconds. ... Miami cornerback Patrick Surtain was not active for
the second straight week with a bruised knee. ... Wesley is the
third Chief with three interceptions in a game, the first since
Albert Lewis in 1991.


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