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Chiefs still can’t find their stride

Manning, offense effective in Giants’ 17-0 victory

August 18, 2006

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— Eli Manning and the New York Giants showed flashes of the offense they'll need to repeat as NFC East champions. They also showed Herm Edwards how much work his Kansas City Chiefs have left to do.

Manning threw for one touchdown and set up another, and the Giants starters and backups dominated in a 17-0 preseason victory over Kansas City on Thursday night, spoiling Edwards' return to Giants Stadium.

"We came out here and played very well," Manning said. "The defense did a great job of getting us good field possession on the first series, and we were able to run the ball, throw the ball and convert third downs."

The Giants did just about anything they wanted in outgaining the Chiefs 309-111 while holding the ball for more than 37 minutes.

If the game showed anything, it was that the Giants (2-0) have the talent to repeat in the NFC East and that Edwards, the former Jets coach, has a lot of work ahead to get the Chiefs (0-2) back to the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

"We've done this two weeks in a row," Edwards said matter of factly. "I flat-out told the guys it wasn't a good job coaching, and you just can't play like that against a team that went to the playoffs last year. We have to hurry up and rally now."

Edwards led the Jets to three playoff appearances in five seasons, but he was ushered out after a 4-12 mark last season. In taking the Chiefs job, he promised to shore up their porous defense.

No such change was evident against the Giants.

Manning shredded Kansas City for touchdowns on two of the first three drives, capping the first with a five-yard toss to Amani Toomer and handing off to Brandon Jacobs for a one-yard plunge on the third series.

Defensively, New York limited Trent Green (4-of-6 for 32 yards) and halfback Larry Johnson (four carries for eight yards) to two first downs in two series.

"Is it time to panic?" Green asked. "No, but I definitely think there has to be much more of a sense of urgency on the starters part."

Ravens 20, Eagles 10

Baltimore - Correll Buckhalter took a shovel pass from Donovan McNabb, ran 48 yards past several would-be tacklers and announced his return to Philadelphia's backfield.

Buckhalter missed three of the last four seasons with knee injuries and has not played in the regular season since 2003.

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