Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Flickr Creative Commons 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. Read more here
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