From the Armchair: The Chiefs, Week 1
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.
On 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.