If you hadn't known already, it is a new era in Kansas City. The Kansas City Chiefs won their second game of the season in the home opener against the Dallas Cowboys and boy did they look good doing it too. For the first time in the franchise's history, the Chiefs left the traditional white pants in the locker room and sported the red on red uniforms to indicate that it truly is a new era. The idea was that of the players as they relayed the idea to head coach Andy Reid who spoke to GM John Dorsey and owner Clark Hunt about it. After they were all in favor of the idea, the Chiefs came out to a roar in front of over 76,000 screaming fans who loved what they saw and it continued on throughout the game.
The Chiefs came right out of the gate on the first possession and marched down the field for a touchdown. Most of the drive did consist of QB Alex Smith using his legs, scrambling out of the pocket several times to escape pressure. There's no question the impact the Dallas front seven caused in this game as it was a tough task for the Chiefs upfront. In fact, Smith had a career high in rush yards with 57, leading the team in that category on Sunday. There's nothing wrong with #11 showing off his athleticism and ability to escape the pocket in order to move the chains. But it's definitely not something the Chiefs want to get into a habit of as they want Smith to remain upright throughout the season. But his ability to run frustrated the Cowboys defense all afternoon. He would connect with RB Jamaal Charles on a 2-yard TD reception on the opening drive.
The story of the day was once again the play of this defense. For the second straight week the Chiefs defense showed how much improvement they have made and proved that they are indeed for real. Matching up against a very talented Dallas offense is a difficult task for teams and the Chiefs were able to make enough plays to win. They forced two turnovers and have already accumulated four in the first two games after only forcing 13 all of last season. SS Eric Berry was on TE Jason Witten all afternoon as Witten only managed three catches for 12 yards. Berry also recovered his first fumble of his career after LB Akeem Jordan knocked the ball out of RB Lance Dunbar's hands.
But we can't go this far talking about the defense without talking about the play of one Dontari Poe. The improvement this big guy out of Memphis has made after his rookie season has been drastic. Poe has been causing havoc in the backfield and causing it often. After a 1.5 sack performance against the Jaguars, Poe sacked QB Tony Romo twice and also hurried him a number of times. The rush defense was fantastic once again, holding the Cowboys to just 37 yards on the ground and you better believe big Poe had something to do with that. The Pro Bowl linebackers did their thing, stuffing the run and causing Romo to throw the ball earlier than he wanted. This defense has only allowed one touchdown in the first two games, but now comes Philadelphia and their high-speed offense so it will be a huge test in a shortened week.
WR Dwayne Bowe got his first TD reception of the season and it couldn't have come at a better time. His touchdown gave the Chiefs a 14-13 lead going into the 4th quarter, a lead the boys in red would not relinquish. And how about another Pro Bowler coming up huge in this one. P Dustin Colquitt had one of the best games of his career, pinning the Cowboys offense back punt after punt. Out of seven punts, five of them landed inside the 20-yard line, tying a career single-game high. None was bigger than the end of the game when Colquitt pinned the ball at the Dallas four with only seconds remaining.
Overall, what a gutsy performance from this team early in this young season. The first 2-0 start since the 2010 season when they won the division but it's only the fourth time in the last 14 years. The Chiefs also win their home opener, something they haven't done in recent seasons and have only won in five out of the last 14 years. It was also a statement win. The Dallas Cowboys are supposed to be a Super Bowl contender in some eyes and the Chiefs outlasted them on Sunday. They are one of the better teams in the league who have their own share of high expectations each year. The Chiefs showed they are here to play in 2013 and the fans of Arrowhead proved they are back as well.
It's only been two games, but for a team who's made it a habit of going 0-2 in recent seasons, starting 2-0 sounds pretty sweet thus far.
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