Aug 9, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid on the sidelines during the third quarter of their game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Halftime Report: Chiefs Burst To 21-2 First Half Lead

30 MINUTES IN 30 SECONDS

Score: Chiefs 21, Jacksonville 2

Team Passing: Chiefs, 92 yards; Jaguars, 29 yards

Team Rushing: Chiefs, 78 yards; Jaguars, 20 yards

Turnovers: Chiefs, 0; Jaguars, 1

Leading Rusher: Chiefs – Jamaal Charles, 48 yards, TD ; Jaguars – Maurice Jones-Drew, 14 yards

Leading Passer: Chiefs – Alex Smith, 12-19, 92 yards, 2 TD ; Jaguars – Blaine Gabbert, 9-18, 60 yards, 1 INT

Leading Receiver: Chiefs – Charles, 3 rec., 23 yards; Jaguars – Justin Forsett, 3 rec., 16 yards

Defensive Notes: Justin Houston and Tyson Jackson each have sacks. Brandon Flowers has an interception. But Dontari Poe‘s activity has been what has jumped out to me the most.

Key Play: After a three-and-out and a blocked punt for a safety to start the season, KC’s defense forced a three-and-out on the next drive, got a solid punt return from Dexter McCluster, and then scored a touchdown on pass to Donnie Avery. That sequence completely changed the momentum of the half.

Verdict On Jaguars Helmets and Uniforms: Hate them.

PANIC?!: lolz (No.)

Final Score Prediction: Chiefs 38, Jaguars 12

QUICK SLANTS

- Eric Fisher vs. Luke Joeckel was a subplot coming into the game because of them being drafted with the top two picks in April. Both have looked pretty good in the first half, though Joeckel did allow a sack to Justin Houston.

- Alex Smith is so much better than anything the Chiefs have had since Trent Green. He makes quick decisions that are usually right, gets rid of the ball, and has been very accurate.

- Dontari Poe was incredibly active in the first half, knocking down passes, collapsing the pocket, and occupying blockers in the running game. VERY early in the season, but you’ve really got to like what Poe has done in the preseason and now the regular season.

Poe has five tackles and a sack in the first half.

- Red zone offense looks SIGNIFICANTLY improved. That may be Jacksonville’s doing, but their certainly appears to be a reasonable plan inside the 20 now. KC is 3-for-3 on touchdowns in the red zone, which is something the Chiefs couldn’t do to save their lives last year. Improved red zone play is going to be critical to the Chiefs if they want to make the playoffs this season.

TWEET OF THE HALF

 

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