Aug 9, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and his bench reacts after a first quarter touchdown against the New Orleans Saints. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City "Wins" In Preseason Game 1: Chiefs 13, Saints 17

If you were a Chiefs fan and watching the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday night, you could feel the winning… and you could feel the losing.

The first quarter had that blatant winning feeling. New Chiefs QB Alex Smith went seven of eight in the passing game, looked ever so dapper in a Chiefs uniform, and made the Saints’ first team defense look like seconds.

Dexter McCluster made his pre-Pro Bowl season debut.

Anthony Fasano somehow looked like a Parcelsian tight end.

Jamaal Charles — “JC” in our hearts — was the obvious focus of the offense and scored a TD up the gut at the end of drive one.

In fact, the first team offensive unit played so good, Andy Reid decided to extend their offseason for the rest of the game.

Although the final score didn’t reflect a win, the Chiefs did. This wasn’t just a moral victory either. The Chiefs “winning” was going on all over the field and throughout the game.

You see, after years of Chiefs players making one flabbergastingly stupid play after another, it was a big positive to watch most of this game, until Tyler Shoemaker decided to field a punt at the goal line and then only returned it for 8 yards. I don’t mind seeing young players “go for it” or “take a chance” every now and then but, this game’s final score was still in play and Shoemaker pinned the Chiefs on their own 8-yard line in the fourth quarter.

That sounds more like something a Crennel/Pioli-led team might do.

Although it was once “again” the second and third units for the Chiefs who lost-won-lost this game in the final score, at least the outcome of this one was in doubt until the very end. In fact, several second and third team players played very well. And that, was a victory.

Since his arrival, you could see GM John Dorsey treating the bottom of the Chiefs roster like it was the Boomerang ride at Worlds of Fun, and it’s been by necessity. You can almost hear him announcing, “Keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times and remember the ride only lasts for a minute, then you’ll need to jump right off to make room for the next riders … that is of course unless you prove yourself to be a diamond in the rough.”

In past years, “depth” has been a big issue for the Chiefs and it looks like Dorsey is leaving no stone unturned to resolve that issue.

When the Chiefs first team defense stepped onto the field and forced the record-breaking Drew Brees and his Saints right off of the field, a six-and-out performance, once again, it became a win-win situation for the Chiefs.

  • 2013 Chiefs offense good? Check!
  • 2013 Chiefs defense good? Check!

When the special team units put together runs of 79-31-55 it sounded like the freakish measurements of Mae West but in this case, that’s a very good thing. Dexter McCluster, Devon Wylie, Quintin Demps and especially Knile Davis all looked curvy-swervy good in the return game, bordering on great.

How can you not count that as a win? After all, the return game almost won the whole game for the Chiefs and you can easily foresee a time when it will.

In fact, it was the special teams — returns, punts and kickoffs — that made the Chiefs’ loss of time of possession stand out less because in every case, it gave the Saints a longer field to work with.

  • 2013 Chiefs special teams good? Check!

Winning again.

Were there penalties and mistakes to be corrected? Yes, but nothing too ungodly, except for maybe…

Chiefs CB Vince Agnew not only gave up two TDs, the Saints were picking on him all night long. CB Jalil Brown didn’t look sharp either in this contest but other DBs did shine like S Bradley McDougald out of Kansas, S Greg Castillo from Iowa, DB Neiko Thorpe from Auburn and DB Tysyn Hartman from Kansas State, who happened to have the Chiefs’ only interception.

Two steps back, four steps forward.

IOW: winning.

The biggest win of all was this: Kansas City Chiefs football is back. I often will say that I enjoy the offseason as much as the regular season but, I must say that on this Friday evening, watching a Chiefs game never seemed sweeter.

There’s a feeling involved there. And it’s a winning feeling!

The Chiefs open up at home against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, September 15th. The average ticket price is $224 with a get-in price of only $82. According to, it is the most expensive home game of the season for the Chiefs, followed by Peyton Manning’s December 1st visit to Arrowhead. That game has an average ticket price of only $128.

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    • Patrick Allen

      Ease off the caps lock man.

    • steve james

      For the record that is NOT me. Any particular play stand out to you Steve?

      • STEVE


        • KCMikeG

          Except for McCluster, Richardson, Newsome, Bellamy, Wylie and Hammond

    • ladner morse

      I did mention that Demps was good in the return game.

      Other than that, let me say, “Demps played well. Demps looks like a keeper. Once teh season begins Quentin Demps should see plenty of playing time.”

      The purpose of this piece was to mostly point out that the Chiefs had “wins” going on all over the field… as units. I pointed out the offensive highlights and the special teams highlights but, stayed away from the mentioning anyone one defense because there were a lot of breakdowns on the D.

      However, Demps did look good.



    • Lyle Graversen

      Most of that was Drew Brees going against KCs 2s and picking on Agnew who won’t be on the team. Neither reflect how the defense will look when games count.

      • Suzi Conger

        Thanx u Lyle, my thots exactly; well said

    • tm1946

      Let’s see, first game with the Chiefs for rookies and some veterans. Peyton came back for first game for NO, at NO, and Reid said he wanted everyone to play.
      No big deal. Can hardly wait for next game. If you watched the replay on NFL channel sunday, broadcasters did not have a lot of love for much in red and gold, sort of like Steve.

      • STEVE


        • ladner morse

          Steve, I like fans expressing a difference of opinion so keep it coming.

          A tip: when you use your caps lock, on the internet, it is often interpreted as… the writer is “angry.” I’m a school teacher so I feel somewhat obligated to share with you that using ALL CAPS also breaks a rule of English.

          We want you to express whatever opinion you have… please use mostly lowercase.

          BTW… I’ve been watching college and pro ball with my dad since the mid-1950s and started following the Chiefs when they drafted Mike Garrett out of USC in about 65.
          There are other Arrowhead Addict fans here who have been following the Chiefs since their inception in 1960. We like to honor long time dedicated Chiefs fans… just as we honor those who just came aboard.

          Thanks for sharing.

        • Randy Hilliary

          Since 1962

        • Suzi Conger

          length of time watching the game is irrelevant; understanding the game is relevant

    • Brody Hall

      pretty sure that the second team D also kept Brees out of the end-zone as well. Yards dont matter if you don’t get the TD. STOP BEING SO NEGATIVE!!

      • STEVE


        • Brody Hall


        • Suzi Conger

          wins matter, steve ( in KCC/NO PS, 1′ vs 1′s = 7-0)

          • Brody Hall

            Thank you Suzi Conger.

          • superman_25_58

            Ya and KC 2′s vs NO 1′s 10-3

          • Suzi Conger

            Yep, 2′s exactly , ‘sm’….sorry, I don’t place as great an emphasis/importance on the two’s win/loss (other than team roster placement/competition) vs NO…remember too, that NO kept playing DBrees and some 1′s when our 1′s were out post first session.

    • chiefridgy

      I would say probably 250 to 300 yards of that was against Agnew.

  • Mark Bustamante

    The 2nd and 3rd team offense and defense needs more work and less mistakes for us to be better.

    • ladner morse

      Agreed, and I thinks that’s why Dorsey is treating the bottom of the roster like a Merry-go-round.

  • tm1946

    I thought the article was dead on. A watchable game, the Chiefs looked like a good team. Do not know how they will keep some of these kids at S but need to find a way for the best to stick, we do not want another Lilja moment.

  • Canad-Ian

    Stop being bigots towards Steve. Voice Immodulation is a very serious disease. Imagine his embarrassment when at the school dance everybody starts singing, “AND A LITTLE BIT SOFTER NOW, AND A LITTLE BIT SOFTER NOW, AND A LITTLE BIT SOFTER NOW.”

    I commend Steve as well as Jacob Silj in their battle against this debilitating disease.

    • Michael Shaw

      lol, dork

  • Ed

    It was just the first pre season game but loved it. Alex Smith reading the whole field. Where Micah? Geno look weak……..

    • ladner morse

      Hey Ed… I’ll admit that early on after the AS trade I was still writing posts in favor of Geno.

      Am coming to trust in Reid & Dorsey more as time goes by. Then again… the real season hasn’t even begun.

      • BWrangler

        I think AS is going to take this team farther than it’s been since Montana.I believe he’s realized this is his team and that its overall success rides on his play. Every single report out of the off season is that he’s plugged in and leading the charge. I don’t expect SB this year, but playoffs are within reach. And I’m not talking Wild Card….

  • Jim Harper

    Great post Laddie coming from a Chiefs fan since 1960. Agnew was definitely getting picked on. Actually his coverage was not that bad, but he was horribly mismatched. Under normal circumstances he would have gotten help, like a linebacker coming underneath the route. Also those passes were so good I don’t think anybody could have covered by themselves. I was way more upset with Shoemaker for fielding that punt on the goal line. That was a bonehead play. Other than that there was much to be happy about. If they can keep Brees out of the endzone they can keep anybody out. Solid performance across the board.

  • Montez K.

    Way to be positive Laddie…True Chiefs fans can see the positive energy surrounding this team that we haven’t been able to see since 2010…anybody who can’t see that shouldn’t be on this site anyway! All that matters is that the 1st team offense scored with ease, and the 1st team defense held up. We can only go up from last year…we’re going to shock alot of people this year!

  • Montez K.

    A little concerned about the WRs…the OL depth and the DB depth…If we can avoid major injury—we will get that wildcard spot this year. I’m not too certain Dorsey isn’t done in the FA market either…have patience folks–Chief Nation is in good hands

    • Suzi Conger

      I’m concerned a tad with the O-line protection for AS11; especially now with EF’s shoulder bein’ ‘iffy’… concerned for potential injury to AS11 and lack of adequate time to execute plays/passes due to pressure/sacks



  • Caleb Wylie

    Fan since 1998 when I was 5 years old and I picked by myself the Chiefs as my team, If I could I would have picked them since 1776 if it was possible, BORN CHIEF, DIE CHIEF!