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Yesterday the Kansas City Chiefs looked really great. They destroyed the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road 28-2 and were the clearly better team from start to finish. Despite the domination, there are still a lot of stairs to climb for this team to reach the rare air of Super Bowl contender.
The star of the day for Kansas City was the defense. The Chiefs’ defense shut out the Jaguar offense and limited them to just 178 total yards. The defense put a shine on its performance with six sacks and two interceptions, one of which Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali returned for a touchdown.
Alex Smith in his Chiefs’ debut went 21/34 for 173 yards and two touchdowns. His leading receivers were Dwayne Bowe and fullback Anthony Sherman, who both had four catches. Jamaal Charles gained seventy seven yards and a score on the ground for the Chiefs before he left with a quadriceps injury. Charles would not return to the game, mostly because he was not needed, but the Chiefs have reported today that Charles is expected to practice as normal all week and start on Sunday.
The only stain on Kansas City’s record yesterday was a punt that was blocked by Jacksonville’s J.T. Thomas. The ball went out of bounds in the Chiefs’ own end zone giving Jacksonville a safety. Other than that, the Chiefs made the proverbial redheaded stepchild feel bad for the Jaguars considering the beating they took. That’s the exact reason why it’s time for temperance in Kansas City.
That Jacksonville team that the Chiefs destroyed yesterday is not much different, meaning better, than the 2-14 2012 squad that came a coin flip away from having the first overall pick in April’s draft. For Chiefs fans to consider their team an upper echelon unit after this win is comparable to a Republican presidential candidate thinking his poll numbers in Texas are an accurate measure of how he’s polling in every state.
Going on the road and beating the Jaguars by 26 is nothing in comparison to the challenge of going to Philadelphia (September 19th) or going to Denver (November 17th) and winning. Running the table in Arrowhead will be a challenge this season as well. The Texans come into Kansas City on October 20th, the Colts on December 22nd and the home date with the Broncos is December 1st. The Chiefs will be home underdogs in all five of those games.
After a 2-14 season, a win is a big deal. While the Chiefs may be improved from last season, winning a game in Jacksonville, even convincingly so, isn’t enough to prove that the Chiefs have made a big enough leap to be one of the best teams in the AFC.
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Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles suffered an apparent quad injury during Sunday’s win over the Jaguars.
According to ProFootballTalk.com, Charles is expected to be fine.
After the game, both coach Andy Reid and Charles said Charles, who was stepped on, will be fine. A league source added that Charles will be “totally fine,” which is apparently even better than fine.
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles seems to be doing fine after he suffered a quad injury in the third quarter against the Jaguars. Charles is expected to have a big workload for the Chiefs this year and it showed in week one. Charles was not only the feature back, but he was also lining up as a wide receiver. Charles finished the game with 77 rushing yards and a touchdown...
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles has left the season opener against Jacksonville with a quadriceps injury.Charles returned for two carries, but then headed to the sideline for good in the fourth quarter.Charles was injured in the third period when he got sandwiched on a tackle between Jaguars linebackers Geno Hayes and Paul Posluszny.He finished...
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles has left the season opener against Jacksonville with a quadriceps injury.
Charles returned for two carries, but then headed to the sideline for good in the fourth quarter.
Charles was injured in the third period when he got sandwiched on a tackle between Jaguars linebackers Geno Hayes and Paul Posluszny.
He finished with 16 carries...
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles left the game with an unknown injury, but is expected to return.Fantasy Spin:Knile Davis came in on the following series, but the Chiefs were up 21-2 and could afford to give the backup some playing time.
The Chiefs came out of the gate leaning heavily on Jamaal Charles in Sunday's season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars but Kansas City's featured back hasn't taken a snap since limping off the field in the third quarter.
The team announced Charles is questionable to return after sustaining a quad injury. He was seen riding a stationary bike along the Kansas City...
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is expected to be available for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys after bruising his quad in last weekend's win at Jacksonville.
Charles ran for 77 yards and a touchdown before hurting his quad in the second half of a 28-2 rout of the Jaguars. He went to the locker room, then returned to the field for one play, before...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is expected to be available for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys after bruising his quad in last weekend's win at Jacksonville.
Charles ran for 77 yards and a touchdown before hurting his quad in the second half of a 28-2 rout of the Jaguars. He went to the locker room, then returned to the field...
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is questionable to return to Sunday's game with a quad injury.Fantasy Spin:The Chiefs are leading the Jaguars 21-2 so they can afford to play it safe with Charles, who rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and caught three passes for 23 yards. Knile Davis will likely play the rest of the game.
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles missed Wednesday's practice, but coach Andy Reid believes he'll be ready for Week 2 versus Dallas.Fantasy Spin:Charles suffered a quad injury when he was stepped on and came back for just one more carry before sitting the remainder of a Chiefs blowout win over Jacksonville. Barring a setback he should play. Charles had a combined 100 yards...
According to ESPN’s John Clayton, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles left today’s game against the Jaguars with a quad injury.
Jamall Charles suffered a quad injury. Return questionable. With big lead, I would doubt if Chiefs use him the rest of the game.
— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) September 8, 2013
Even without Charles, the CHiefs haven’t had a problem manhandling...
The Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars both got new coaches over the off-season. Now comes the task of winning.
Kansas City will head into EverBank Field in Jacksonville with head coach Andy Reid and new quarterback Alex Smith looking to start a new era of Chiefs football. Of course the Chiefs will do some things like they have in the past such as giving running back Jamaal...