You can say its just Game One of the preseason, you can say it doesn’t count, but still it was nearly a perfect storm. The Kansas City Chiefs played their best preseason game in years. YEARS.
In the past we’ve usually lost pretty much every game. So what, you say. Well, usually then the team follows those ugly, boring preseason games with a crappy regular ones.
Most important, all the guys we care about looked sharp.
The quarterback was nearly perfect. Matt ‘THE FRANCHISE’ Cassel looked good, five of six and two touchdown drives to to open the game. I don’t believe he’s ever done that with the Chiefs. O.K. I know, there were no long throws and he didn’t hit John Baldwin. He missed a busted play, open field, short throw that would have likely gone the distance, but Cassel was sharp otherwise.
The first half defense was 3 and out, then 3 and out and looked very tight. Derrick Johnson made a behind the line, 3rd down stop. Nice. And two possible new stars on offense showed up; tight end Steve Maneri might be the real deal. Rookie wide out, Devon Wylie seemed like the second coming of Wes Welker. Hey, our other running backs were also effective, including new veteran back, Peyton Hillis.
The “looked good” list was long indeed.
Head coach Romeo Crennel was all smiles during and after the game.
The new head coach had his squad ready. They were excited. They looked far better than anything we’ve seen in game one of a season with the last two failed coaches, Todd Haley and Herm Edwards.
And I mean terrible. I was able to win four under bets on the Chiefs, including last year’s team, just watching how bad they were in preseason.
SO YES IT DOES MATTER.
When you stink, anyway.
You have to come out and create confidence, learn how to win and jump on your enemy. The last decade this team failed to do that. They start poorly and it’s hard to recover, nearly impossible.
See, we aren’t New England, Green Bay or other solid programs. For those teams the preseason is a bit different. But we need to get our guys to believe. And it looks like they do.
With just this one game, I am now leaning towards a 10-6 season.
It could happen maybe without a key injury. I know its early, but I saw enough to get my hopes up. Way up. Maybe because they have not been a balanced team for the last 15-20 years. The defense and offense both shined equally.
Hey don’t get me wrong, I am not flying to Vegas yet to take the over on KC, which I believe is 8 wins. I’m thinking about it though. Lets see if this continues.
P.S. looks like we have an offensive line, finally.
It was kinda spooky last night with a preseason game at home. While the attendance at Arrowhead was light, the streets were quiet because a city stayed home to watch their Chiefs. To see if this could be a team that had something.
Yep, it almost felt like they were in a playoff game. And that’s how bad this town wants a real winner. Maybe we have one.
At least there is real hope, but there’s a long ways to go.