- The Washington Times - Monday, October 1, 2001

It was really a meaningless touchdown. The game had long been decided, and the points were just gravy for the Kansas City Chiefs, who were blowing out the Washington Redskins. But it meant more to Chris Thomas.
Thomas, who played two seasons and part of a third in Washington, returned to FedEx Field yesterday and scored his first career touchdown on a fourth-quarter pass from Trent Green, a quarterback with whom he's played most of the last four seasons.
Green and Thomas both wore giant smiles during post-game interviews, no doubt reflecting on the time the pair spent on the Redskins scout-team offense and working with each other in practice.
"It was great," Green said. "That's his first NFL touchdown, so I know that means a lot to him. It means a lot that it's in this stadium. The fact that we did it here, it was his first touchdown and I was the one that threw it to him, we had a lot of good conversation on the sideline. I'm happy for him."
After the score, which put the Chiefs up 45-13, a jubilant Thomas knelt and pointed to the sky before rising and jumping into Green's arms. He capped a day on which he made his first career start and tied a career high with four receptions in perfect fashion, though Green could have just as easily ran it in.
"I'm glad he didn't I told him I would have tackled him," joked Thomas, who started in place of the injured Marvin Minnis. "I said I would have tackled him on the 1 and we would have had to go for it on fourth down to try to get me another one. But it was awesome, I'm glad he found me.
"It felt good to do it with Trent, because we both were [Redskins]. It was special."
Kansas City coach Dick Vermeil congratulated Thomas with a huge hug in the locker room after the game. It was Vermeil who, as the coach of the St. Louis Rams, signed Thomas after he was released by the Redskins two games into the 1999 season.
Green twice connected with Thomas on hitch routes on the left sideline, and it was clear the familiarity the pair gained from their years together worked in their favor. Right before Thomas would turn around, Green was releasing the ball; it gave cornerback Fred Smoot, who mostly covered Thomas, little chance to make a play on the ball.
"A big part of our offense is timing routes," Thomas said. "Trent did a great job of putting the ball where it's supposed to be."
As well as Green and the Chiefs receiving corps played, the visitors also benefited from a career day from running back Priest Holmes (225 total yards). The Baltimore Ravens castoff sliced through the Redskins defense all afternoon, on plays ranging from swing passes to trap plays up the middle. The Kansas City line, anchored by six-time Pro Bowl guard Will Shields, manhandled Washington's front seven.
"People were on their blocks, [Holmes] was reading them real well," tackle John Tait said. "We wanted to make a point in this game that we could count on the offensive line to open holes."
The Chiefs started 0-2, but watching their attack score on seven straight possessions yesterday, albeit against a banged-up defense, conjured up images of the powerful St. Louis Rams offense of recent years. The Chiefs looked most Rams-like on their final drive of the first half, when they needed just 22 seconds to go 70 yards for a touchdown. Two Holmes bursts through the middle of the Redskins' line sandwiched a 19-yard Green-to-Thomas hookup. Holmes, who had 120 rushing yards in the first half and 147 for the game, scored from 24 yards out for a 28-10 lead.
Vermeil was the architect behind the Rams system, and before anyone ever heard of Kurt Warner, Green was his starting quarterback. A crushing knee injury suffered in the third preseason game of 1999 kept Green out for the season and now he and Vermeil are trying to duplicate the Rams success in Kansas City.
Green looked Warner-esque yesterday, completing 21 of 26 tosses for 307 yards and three scores and a 154.3 quarterback rating. After the Chiefs' opening series, Green completed 17 of his next 18 passes, a span that extended to the fourth quarter.
Even the safe passes yielded sizable gains for Kansas City. Holmes turned a swing pass into a 24-yard touchdown reception and gained 15 on another late in the third quarter.
"We have the system, we have the players to do it, it's just a matter of getting out there and doing it. I really believe this system works," Holmes said. "I love it. No. 1, I'm in there a lot more [than in Baltimore]. And I get to play with some great players."

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