Game one is in the books, and the Kansas City Chiefs went to Jacksonville, Florida and put together a pretty dominant showing. From start to finish the game never got away from the Chiefs, and you really could not have asked for a better or more competent start to the year for the squad. Here are your winners and losers from yesterday’s Chiefs vs. Jaguars game.
Patrick Mahomes: The reigning National Football League MVP went on the road to open up his second full season, and put up 378 yards with 3 touchdowns on 25 of 33 throwing. He looked comfortable all game, and also looked like he was having fun doing it!
Sammy Watkins: Probably the biggest day for a Chiefs WR since, well, forever. Watkins balled out, catching 9 passes for 198 yards and all 3 of Mahomes’ touchdowns. Certainly a way to start off the year, so thank you Sammy.
LeSean McCoy: Shady had a debut to remember for the Chiefs. 10 carries for 81 yards. We did not even have a chance to unleash Darwin Thompson due to Shady coming in and being the workhorse for this game. Think Carlos Hyde would have had the same result? Welcome to Kansas City, LeSean McCoy. Welcome to the Kingdom.
Harrison Butker: Perfect on the day. Our offense is going to score, giving Butker plenty of time on the field and he was 4/4 on field goals, and 4/4 on extra points. Keep it up.
Frank Clark: I am pretty sure all of America missed his INT, as the feed went out, but Clark sure does bring some swagger to this defense, and as the season grinds on this is something we are going need.
Juan Thornhill: The rookie had himself a day. 8 total tackles, 5 solo and 3 assisted. Just a matter of time before he snags his first interception.
The Chiefs fans in Jacksonville: From Albuquerque, I salute you all. That stadium was red, and even when I was outside manning the grill I could hear the Chiefs fans rocking the AWAY stadium. Certainly going to help give our team an edge if the Chiefs fans can keep traveling like this!
Myles Jack: I do not know what his tantrum was about, but come on man. Week 1 and you pull some stuff like that. You take the first spot on the losers list for this week. Gotta stay in the game if you wanna win, and getting ejected does not help your team. Maybe he will retire this offseason like another former Jaguars Linebacker did.
Chiefs fans around the world not at the stadium: Well we did not get to the see end of the game in probably one of the most bizarre season openers ever. It took everyone at our party to realize they did not flex the game, that they started having technical difficulties. By that time it was practically over, but I still wish I could have witnessed that Frank Clark interception.
Reggie Ragland: Healthy scratch week 1 is not a good sign. The roster is in flux, with DAT soon to be activated and eventually Morris Claiborne. If Rags wants to stick around he needs to make a case in practice, apparently.
Khalen Saunders: I tried not to read much into him sitting week 1, we have healthy rotation going on for our defensive line but we certainly need our higher draft picks getting the reps.
Tyreek Hill: At least he will not require surgery, but missing any significant portion of time is certainly going to bother the Cheetah and us fans. His training videos this off-season leads me to think we should just rest him up and not rush him back, but I know we all wish he were out there playing.
Nick Foles: I honestly cannot remember if I have ever read a comment anywhere here on Arrowhead Guys or anywhere else where a person has actually rooted against this guy. By all accounts he seems like one of those guys most fans, even us Chiefs fans seem to not actively “root against” so when he went out with a broken collarbone it stinks. Hope you get healed up fast and back at it soon, Foles.