From the Armchair: The Chiefs, Week 1

9/9/13 in NFL   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Sep 8, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) runs the ball past Jacksonville Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien (37) during the game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY SportsThis year's Chiefs' season opener was a lot like season openers of years past--it was a blowout. Except this year, for once, it was Kansas City doing the blowing out. Sure, the Chiefs might as well have been playing a mediocre-at-best junior varsity team in the Jacksonville Jaguars, but an easy win sure felt nice.

Given that both Kansas City and Jacksonville went 2-14 last season, and I live in San Francisco (and don't have NFL Sunday Ticket at home), finding a place willing to risk some bleeding eyeballs to offer a loner Chiefs' fan a TV with the game on (at 10 a.m. nonetheless), was a challenge in and of itself. I settled for a house a few friends live in that has two TVs, both with Sunday Ticket, where I could at least fight for some airtime. I got some early on, but as the game turned more and more into a blowout, I saw less and less of the second half amid all the great morning games yesterday.

Sep 8, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) yells to the offensive line during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY SportsOn to the game! It started just as you would expect a Chiefs season to start -- with the men in red getting a punt blocked on their first possession for a safety! If this was the 2012 Chiefs there would have have been a real chance that the game would have ended in a 2-0 Jacksonville victory, and any fan subjected to the game would need to spend a year in therapy afterwards. (Side note, after watching the game yesterday, this dose of therapy should come with Jaguars season tickets). 

Luckily the fighting Blaine Gabberts were no match for a revamped Kansas City offense. Much has been made of how bad the Chiefs were last year, but nonetheless, they brought back a number of studs on the defensive side of the ball (Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, Brandon Flowers, Eric Berry, Justin Houston). Much has also been made about the hiring of Andy Reid. Reid, however, is an offensive coach, so seeing the huge step forward -- Jacksonville didn't cross midfield until their last drive -- from the defense was especially encouraging (though again, a random 11 FanIQ users probably could have forced a few Jaguar 3-and-outs yesterday).

Hit the jump and I'll give you some takeaways from the 1st-place Kansas City Chiefs' victory.
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9/10/13   |   Beaneaters   |   17755 respect

KC is a team that has my curiosity up. With Reid and Smith joining them, along with some players staying healthy this season, who knows. Good article and good luck catching their games out there.

surprise

9/10/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Sharp Square wrote:
Chiefs have some offensive weapons and Reid is smart enough to put em in spots where they can flourish and should be a whole lot better then years past. 

This years Chiefs could be a fun bunch to watch !

I hope so about Reid -- he has always disappointed me one way or another with the Eagles, so we'll see...

9/10/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
I really enjoyed reading that. I also hope Alex Smith has a good year for y'all.

That makes two of us!!

9/10/13   |   Sharp Square   |   11941 respect

Chiefs have some offensive weapons and Reid is smart enough to put em in spots where they can flourish and should be a whole lot better then years past. 

This years Chiefs could be a fun bunch to watch !

9/10/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61576 respect

(Edited by kobe_lova)

I really enjoyed reading that. I also hope Alex Smith has a good year for y'all.

9/9/13   |   JenX63   |   32661 respect

I will be watching them next week. I am very interested in seeing Alex Smith in action. Congrats on the win, know it must of felt good for all the Chiefs fans.