The most shocking thing about the Chiefs’ season-opening win over the Patriots was that they did it while running what looked like a college offense. Early in the game Smith, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce formed a backfield, and Kelce stepped up to take the snap and ran the option:
And it worked! So the Chiefs kept running it all night, sometimes throwing three backs and two tight ends on the field to complete their Navy impression.
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A rookie — running back Kareem Hunt — was maybe the most important player on the field. He finished with 148 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, and he looked explosive, and tough, and remarkably balanced in the process. The circumstances of general manager John Dorsey’s firing this offseason are somewhat cloudy, but he gave the cash-strapped Chiefs an incredible parting gift in the third-rounder.
Charles Sims Kids Jersey Hunt and the running game opened up the downfield passing game, and Smith cleaned up, throwing for 178 yards on just three deep balls. He had two more deep passes for 79 yards against the Eagles, which is good for anyone and outstanding for a notorious dink-and-dunker. Smith looks like a brand new quarterback this season.
But for him to be one of the best in this league and to show that integrity, it shows what he’s about, which is disappointing.
Dalton then basically retracted his upset rant by saying there was no feud between him and Watt. I wouldn’t be mad to see those sparks fly again — even if it is corny as hell.
There’s also a section that sits directly on the field, a safe distance behind the players and down closer to the goal line, Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times writes. Whereas other stadiums have ground-level suites, these might be the league’s only on-field seats.