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Kansas City Chiefs Stun the Patriots On Opening Night – Week 1

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Chiefs Offense Shines But Defense Takes a Hit

After a long off season, the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots finally kicked off the season Thursday night in Foxborough.  Freshly off a super bowl win, the Patriots hung their fifth banner prior to the game.  The Chiefs were looking to spoil their night.  Here are a few keys to the Chiefs’ 42-27 victory over the Pats.

Kareem Hunt

If you don’t know him already, you do now.  The rookie third round pick out of Toledo made his presence known on a big stage.  On his very first NFL touch, Hunt fumbled the football. New England recovered deep inside Chiefs territory, already trailing by a touchdown.  Hunt fumbled just once in his four years at Toledo, but recovered it.

However, that did not stop the rookie from showing out.  Hunt exploded for 148 yards rushing and a touchdown; also adding five catches for 98 yards and two more touchdowns.  The 246 yards from scrimmage is the most by a rookie in his debut in NFL history.

Alex Smith

Say what you want about Alex Smith, but he balled out Thursday night.  After a long off season of the Mahomes hype, Smith was prepared to shut it down.  Playing against the G.O.A.T, Smith put up Brady like numbers.  Finishing 28/35 for 368 yards and 4 TD’s.  Not bad for a game manager.

Terrance Mitchell

The Chiefs search for their CB2 may finally be finalized.  Terrance Mitchell played a solid game against Brady and Co.  Yes, he had multiple penalties called against him, but Mitchell refused to be picked on.  In the first half, receivers covered by Peters were not targeted, leaving the coverage for Mitchell and Gaines.  Mitchell wasn’t a superstar, but he played well enough for this secondary to be shut down.

 Defense

The Chiefs “bend don’t break” defensive mentality was on full display Thursday night.  On the Patriots first drive, Brady methodically marched down the field for a touchdown.  However, following the Kareem Hunt fumble, the Chiefs defense was able to get a big fourth down stop deep in their own territory to keep the patriots from scoring.  The defense let up 3 rushing touchdowns, but were still able to get the stops when they needed.  Without two fourth down stops in the game, the Chiefs could’ve very well been behind the entire game.

Eric Berry

After a fantastic defensive performance from Berry, late in the fourth quarter he went down with an Achilles injury.  The Chiefs fear his injury is serious.  If he does indeed have a serious injury, expect him to come back better than ever. This man beat cancer, and the following year was first team all pro.  He is a viable piece of this defense, and they will take a step back without him out there.

The Chiefs shocked the sports world Thursday night bringing offensive firepower and playing stout defense against the world champs.  Putting up 42 points was the most points scored against a Belichick coached team.  Oddly enough, the Chiefs have the second most points scored against the Pats in a game in 2014; scoring 41 points and also becoming the worlds loudest stadium by breaking the decibel record of 142.2.  The new Alex Smith and this revamped offense showed what they are about Thursday night.  The Chiefs came prepared to play.  It is obviously very early in the season, but things are looking bright in KC.

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