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5 Kansas City Chiefs Who Will Shine In Week 1

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5 Kansas City Chiefs Who Will Shine Week 1

5 Kansas City Chiefs Who Will Shine Week 1
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The Kansas City Chiefs have been hearing all offseason about how much they underachieved last year. Despite six pro bowl players on their roster in 2012, they stumbled to a league-worst record and the No. 1 overall pick in this spring’s draft.

Well, that offseason is finally over, and the Chiefs get the chance to remind the league they’re not a doormat when they open their schedule against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Several players for the Chiefs are ready for a big year. New quarterback Alex Smith brings veteran leadership and stability to the position that let the Chiefs down the most last year. He finally gets a new head coach in Andy Reid whose west coast offense will showcase his accuracy and quick decisions.

Reid will work magic with the offense. His scheme fits the Chiefs perfectly. It should be especially fruitful for running back Jamaal Charles, the most talented playmaker on the offensive side of the ball.

The defense has plenty of talent too. They have playmakers at all three levels, and should have no problem shutting down Blaine Gabbert and the Jacksonville offense. The Chiefs have an improved pass rush this year, and the Jacksonville offensive line allowed constant pressure in 2012. It may end up being another long day at the office for Gabbert.

The Chiefs and their fans, have been waiting eagerly for the season to start. They get chance to build some momentum against a very beatable opening week opponent.

These are the five Kansas City Chiefs who will shine in Week 1.

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5. Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers
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Cornerback Brandon Flowers has quietly been one of the better cover corners in the league for the last few years. He consistently grabs his fair share of interceptions every year, and it's a good bet that Blaine Gabbert will give him a shot at one — or two — this Sunday.

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4. Justin Houston

Justin Houston
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Justin Houston has gotten better in each of his first two seasons since the Chiefs took him in the third round of the 2011 draft. Last year, Houston racked up 10 sacks. Look for him to wreak havoc on the Jacksonville offensive line.

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3. Alex Smith

Alex Smith
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Alex Smith finally has a coach who will work the game plan around him, and not expect him to adjust to the game plan. Smith showed he has what it takes to be a franchise quarterback once John Harbough took over the reins for the San Francisco 49ers and did the same thing. This week, he gets the chance to remind the world why it was so controversial that the 49ers chose Colin Kaepernick over him halfway through last season.

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2. Derrick Johnson

Derrick Johnson
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A tackling machine, linebacker Derrick Johnson will be all over the field on Sunday. The Jaguars need to run the ball to keep the game close, that should give Johnson lots of opportunities to be around the ball.

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1. Jamaal Charles

Jamaal Charles
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Jamaal Charles is one of the most explosive backs in the league when he gets in space. Andy Reid is one of the best coaches at finding ways to get his backs opportunities to make plays in the open field. It's gonna be a good year for Charles.

Ben Sullivan is an NFL writer for Follow him on Twitter @bensullivan52, "Like" him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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