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Arizona 24, Kansas City 17

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Despite a 24-17 victory that kept them
unbeaten in the preseason, the Arizona Cardinals will have plenty
to work on at practice next week.

"We just made some mistakes," said quarterback Kurt Warner.
"We killed ourselves. It wasn't physical. It was mental. That's
the frustrating part. You know physically you match up pretty well
with them."

If nothing else, the Cardinals and Chiefs both learned a great
deal about their backup quarterbacks and their kickers.

Josh McCown threw two touchdown passes in the second half in
relief of Warner. But Damon Huard, who replaced Trent Green for
Kansas City, was 1-for-12 for 11 yards and two interceptions. Huard
was elevated to second team this week while regular backup Todd
Collins nursed a hand injury.

Kansas City's Lawrence Tynes, who missed once last week against
Minnesota, was short on a 38-yard attempt and wide from 46 yards.

After Arizona's Neil Rackers missed from 37 yards, Matt Fordyce
missed from 30.

"He's in the tank," Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said of Tynes.
"You miss two field goals like that -- not in the National Football
League. He has thrown the red flag up the entire training camp in
regard to being an accurate kicker on our practice field. So we
have a real concern."

In the battle of first-teamers, the Chiefs (0-2) were winners.
Green hit Samie Parker with an 8-yard pass in the first quarter and
engineered a 42-yard drive that resulted in Tynes' 31-yard field
goal for a 10-0 lead that held up until the Cardinals scored 10
points within less than a minute of the third quarter.

Rackers hit a 27-yard field goal. Then Eric Green grabbed the
first interception off Huard and sped 27 yards for a touchdown.

"Once the quarterback dropped back, I baited him a little
bit," said Green. "It felt good. I thought, 'Hey I made a big
play.' I'll just use that as a confidence builder."

Warner, the former regular-season and Super Bowl MVP with the
St. Louis Rams, had a second straight good outing. He hit 12 of 23
passes for 99 yards. Green was 6-of-10 for 59 yards.

Arizona running back Marcel Shipp, who spent last year on
injured reserve, had a solid return, rushing for 56 yards on seven
carries, including a 26-yard gainer.

"A year after not playing, I'm just excited to be back out
there," he said. "I just want to get in there and get the job
done. The line did a good job of blocking and I just picked my
holes."

It was a nightmarish game for David Macklin, who started all 16
games at cornerback for the Cardinals last year and had four
interceptions. The six-year veteran was flagged three times for
pass interference while trying to defend Parker. The Chiefs picked
up 33 yards on the first penalty against Macklin, and three plays
later Green hit Parker for the TD.

Macklin was twice guilty of pass interference a few minutes
later on a 6-play, 42-yard drive that resulted in a 31-yarder by
Tynes.

"I told Eddie (Kennison) in the huddle I'm not intentionally
going the other way on purpose, right now Macklin's frustrated, and
when you've got a frustrated corner you have to keep attacking
him," Green said. "That's part of the game, and we got three
calls and it set scoring opportunities up."

In a play that counted for nothing but held great significance
for both teams, Anquan Boldin got loose down the sideline for a
49-yard touchdown pass from Warner in the first quarter.

A holding penalty on Leonard Davis brought the play back. But it
was a good sign for the Cardinals that Boldin is OK after breaking
his nose during a routine drill on Aug. 4 and missing the first
preseason game.

And it was a chilling reminder of how vulnerable Dexter McCleon
can be. The veteran cornerback, who lost his job for poor play two
years ago, is slated to replace Eric Warfield while Warfield sits
out the first four games for violating the NFL's drug policy.