Sep 8, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) runs the ball past Jacksonville Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien (37) during the game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

The Postgame: Chiefs Win Season Opener

Sep 8, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Junior Hemingway (88) celebrates with teammates after catching a touchdown pass during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports


Score: Chiefs 28, Jaguars 2

It Was Over When: After the Jaguars earned a safety for blocking a punt out of the end zone, the Chiefs defense immediately produced a three-and-out. This was followed by a long punt return and a quick touchdown by the Chiefs. KC never looked back.

Player of the Game: Donari Poe. The more he is a force inside, the more Justin Houston and Tamba Hali are going to benefit.

Fun stat: Jacksonville did not pass their own 36-yard-line until halfway through the fourth quarter.



1. Dontari Poe

Six tackles, 1.5 sacks, a pass defended, and a tackle for loss. Poe could end up being Kansas City’s best interior defensive lineman in at least a decade.

2. Red Zone Offense

The Chiefs were three-for-three in the red zone today, with all three scores being touchdowns. Scoring touchdowns in the red zone was something the Chiefs had all kinds of issues with last season. KC appears to have a plan in those situations now.

3. Pass Rush

Kansas City’s defense was wonderful on Sunday, and that was highlighted by their pass rush. Their six sacks – three for Justin Houston, 1.5 for Poe, one for Tyson Jackson, .5 for Eric Berry – were the most for the Chiefs in a game since a December 4, 2011 game against the Chicago Bears. They had seven in that game.

KC has had six or more sacks in a game three times now since 2001.


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Captain Morgan and Dr. Pepper. No particular reason, it just sounds tasty.


1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville may be the worst team in the league, so how much of Kansas City’s success Sunday was about playing a bad team? Next week against Dallas may be a better indicator of how much improvement the Chiefs have made since last season.

2. Blocked Punt

KC has now had two punts blocked in five games (including the preseason). This is something that cannot continue.

3. Second Half Offense

The Chiefs punted in all of their second half possessions, something that has to be a bit concerning moving forward. How much of that was a decision by Andy Reid to pull back on the reigns and how much of it was the Chiefs not executing is something that will need to be evaluated over the next week.


Home opener. Kansas City will host the Dallas Cowboys at high noon.


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