The KC Chiefs kicked off their NFL season at home on Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. Both teams have had news circulating around their quarterbacks recently, as the Bengals recently signed Andy Dalton to a nice contract. The Chiefs on the other hand are still in talks with their main guy Alex Smith to get him signed to a long term deal.
It was said that each Chiefs quarterback would get an entire quarter of playing time, but Murray only saw the field in the last few minutes of the game.
Smith played in the first quarter and ended up going 3/5 for 19 yards. He was sacked and lost a fumble during his short time on the field. I imagine Smith will have a better show in next week’s game, but even if he doesn’t I wouldn’t worry too much. The offense as a whole looked sort of sloppy, but things should pick up as the preseason progresses.
Chase Daniel came in the second quarter to relieve Smith and looked all right. The worst part of the game for Daniel was a horrible interception he threw that ended up going the other way for a touchdown. He also was sacked three times.
Other than the pick six, Chase was fine. He completed all but two of his passes for 126 yards and had one touchdown. Daniel’s touchdown was a beautiful pass to tight end Travis Kelce who had an amazing 69 yard run to the end zone. Chase also ran for 17 yards during his time in the game.
Tyler Bray came into the game after half time. His very first snap led to him getting stuffed at the line, but he ended up not looking too bad after that. He completed 2 of 3 passes for 37 yards and led a nice drive that ended with a Cyrus Gray rushing into the end zone for a touchdown.
Sadly, Aaron Murray didn’t get much time to show his skills. Fans were looking forward to see what this kid was capable of in his first NFL game, but he was barely on the field.
Murray’s first series involved the offense starting deep in their own territory so he honestly didn’t have a ton of options there. His next series involved him taking a knee at the end of the game. Murray should get much more playing time in the coming weeks so it’ll be nice to see what he’s able to do.
Overall there wasn’t much to take away from this first game, but it’ll be interesting to see how this quarterback battle shapes up in the next few weeks. We’ll be sure to keep you updated.
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