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The Chiefs defeated the Jaguars 28-2 on the road today with a dominating performance in Jacksonville. Below are my quick grades from Week 1.
It looked like we all thought it would. Quick, efficient, and smart. Jamaal Charles was a focal point, and Alex Smith orchestrated the offense with ease. It wasn’t perfect, but it didn’t have to be. This offense has room for growth. Three touchdowns in three red zone appearances is a good sign.
The defense was more than stout, forcing Blaine Gabbert and the Jacksonville offense into multiple third-and-long situations. They brought pressure all game, from all spots. Dontari Poe lived up to the hype with a dominating performance, and Justin Houston got off to a great start with 3 sacks. The coverage was outstanding, too. Flowers got his first pick of the season, and Gabbert couldn’t get anything going through the air.
Oh, and Tamba had a pick six. Dominating performance.
So the blocked punt for a safety had many Chiefs fans saying, “here we go again,” but that feeling soon vanished as quickly as it came. Dave Toub’s boys weren’t exactly what we saw during the preseason (probably because they weren’t returning kicks 9 yards deep), but they weren’t awful.
The Chiefs kept the penalties to a minimum, which is an obvious sign of good coaching. Andy Reid wasn’t exactly stingy with his time-outs, but it didn’t come back to bite the Chiefs in any way. The biggest plus for the coaches, was the victory. Getting a win means you’ve done something right.
What do you think, Addicts, am I on? Sound off below.