The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-2 on Sunday and looked great. The last time the Kansas City Chiefs looked impressive in a season opener was 2010 on a Monday night against the San Diego Chargers. The Chiefs went on to win the division and go to the playoffs that year. Skeptics have every right to not get overly excited by this Chief’s win. They did only beat the Jacksonville Jaguars who went 2-14 last year and will contend for the first pick in the 2014 NFL draft. I however am going to be very positive about the performance and especially positive about the defense. I am also going to be positive because last year we tied the Jaguars for the worst record in the league. It’s been years since the Chiefs have had a dominant performance so why shouldn’t we all be excited?
I was hoping for a 27-17 type win where the offense looked solid and the defense did enough to stop a terrible Jacksonville offense. What happened though was the defense was dominant by holding the Jaguars to 178 total yards, forcing 2 turnovers, and giving up ZERO points. The only points Jacksonville scored was on a safety caused by their punt block. The one strong point of the Jaguars offense is supposed to be the tackle position but that didn’t stop Justin Houston as he recorded 3 of the Chiefs 6 sacks. Dontari Poe looked like the top 10 pick star he is supposed to be and Captain Derrick Johnson is still the stud inside linebacker he has been the past few years. Overall this looked like a defense that could be top 10 in the league.
The offense was ok. Ironically, I think is a good thing. Maybe I’m just in a good mood but honestly I don’t want to see the Chief’s offense peak in week 1 at Jacksonville. Dwayne Bowe struggled to get open and Jamaal Charles didn’t exactly dominate and yet we still won by 26! The last two years if Charles doesn’t get 100 yards rushing and Bowe doesn’t get at least 80 receiving the Chiefs usually lose by a few scores. This team is different though. Alex Smith was solid, consistent, and mistake free. When it comes to turnovers, Alex Smith is essentially the anti Matt Cassel. Smith actually went through his progressions and made smart throws. Something we haven’t seen in Kansas City since Trent Green was here. Smith will improve as he continues to grow in Andy Reid’s offense and I like what I see so far.
Next week the Chiefs face the Dallas Cowboys and they will obviously have to perform better than they did against Jacksonville. This will be a great test to see where the Chiefs are at and I expect a tough physical game. The Cowboys are a legitimate NFC contender this year if healthy so we will find out if this dominant Chiefs performance was simply a mirage or the beginning of something special.