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Chiefs hope to keep preseason momentum building tonight against Bears

August 18, 2001

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— Tonight's game against the Chicago Bears might help answer a question that has vexed Kansas City fans for almost a week:

Are the new-look Chiefs really as good as they seemed in a 20-0 exhibition opening rout against Washington?

The Redskins were missing quarterback Jeff George along with several other starters. But every key newcomer in new head coach Dick Vermeil's offense looked sharp. The first two teams scored 20 points and then cruised while quarterback Trent Green, running back Priest Holmes and wide receiver Derrick Mayes all made impressive plays.

"We weren't tested last week because we didn't have a starting quality quarterback playing against us," said Vermeil. "They had a couple of guys out of their offensive line. We'll get a better test this week and a better test next week and a better test the next week. I'm pleased right now."

The Chiefs, who broke camp in River Falls, Wis., on Friday, planned to let their starters go at least a full quarter.

Vermeil also said Pro Bowl guard Will Shields, who sat out practice much of the week, would play.

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