Kansas City Chiefs have long-awaited the start of the 2013 NFL regular season, given how the last one produced two wins and a top selection. Despite playing on the road to open, KC will receive a great shot to remove that bad taste from their mouth instantly thanks to the team coming off the second-worst record in 2013, the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Week 1 Spread: Chiefs favored by 3 at Jaguars
Chiefs Breakdown and Preseason Effect: Kansas City is expecting its first display of competent quarterbacking in a long time with the addition of Alex Smith. It’s hard to deny Smith posing a massive upgrade over Matt Cassel, Tyler Palko, Brady Quinn and Co. — feels gross just saying — and the Chiefs certainly paid for it, losing a second-rounder this year and a conditional second/third-rounder in 2014 based on whether the Chiefs win eight games. How this offense is ignited by Smith will be among the top NFL storylines this preseason.
Equally important will be new coach and offensive mastermind Andy Reid‘s ability to channel his vision through Smith. It seems like a good combo on the face, as Reid’s a wizard with creating gains with short passes and Smith had succeeded with the San Francisco 49ers in a conservative approach with accurate short to intermediate throws.
This defense boasts a lot of excellent individual pieces — like Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Brandon Flowers — but has yet to see this talent transfer holistically. While the Chiefs were annihilated by the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener last year, this KC defense has a great chance to take a confident step forward against what figures to be a miserable Jaguars offense.