The day Chiefs Kingdom has been waiting for since January has finally arrived and it comes packed with even more excitement, thanks to the Kansas City Chiefs Week 1 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
What followed was a week of practice, fan excitement, including a Red Friday celebration, which ended with a team pep rally, attended by several of the Chiefs players and countless fans, jolted with adrenaline for this very day, the 2013 home opener at Arrowhead Stadium.
Standing in the way of that hopeful postgame celebration are the Dallas Cowboys, fresh off their Week 1 win against the New York Giants. The Cowboys bring to town a lot of talent in all three phases, beginning on offense.
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“He’s a little bit more mobile than most quarterbacks," Jackson said. "He can move around a lot in the pocket and give himself time to let those receivers get open down the field. I think as a defensive line unit, we have to stay after him and continue to get a lot of pressure in the backfield to make him as uncomfortable as possible.”
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If Chiefs fans are wondering about the interactions between friends, Brandon Flowers and former Chiefs CB Brandon Carr, now with the Cowboys, Flowers very clearly stated his plans.
"I’m not going to talk to him, until after the game" Flowers said. "It’s all about business. We’re both trying to get wins. We want to go 2-0."
"They get after the QB very well," Chiefs OL
Chiefs QB Alex Smith said for his team to be successful today, it just has to focus on basic fundamentals.
“When you’re carrying the football, you carry it the right way," Smith said. "When you’re in the pocket (and you’re) the quarterback, you have two hands on the football. You do the right thing, fundamentals. Make good decisions in the passing game. I think it’s all of the fundamentals that allow you to win games.”
Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson addressed some of the challenges his offense will see from Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's Tampa-2 defense.
“The Tampa-2 is one of Monte’s staples from way back," coach Pederson said. "It’s all eyes on the quarterback, just reading the QB. They put in their three-deep stuff and it creates eight-man spacing; it’s harder to run the ball. But overall, our guys have to be real precise on their routes and then of course, the quarterback’s vision will be crucial.”
“Just recognizing the defenses," Bowe said. "As long as you recognize the defenses, before the snap, guys can just go out there and play ball, instead of seeing different coverages and trying to think on the run. I think once we figure that out from the jump, it’s just pitch and catch. Everyday practice skills kick in after that.”
"We feel like right now, he’s able to dial up those touchbacks," Toub said. "That’s a plus. There might be a situation where we have a dead wind right in our face and we have to cover it, but right now, everything being equal, when there’s no wind out there, we feel good with him being able to kick a touchback for us.”
And of course, if and when needed, the Chiefs will also rely on Succop to split the uprights on PATs and field goals.
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"Because you see that Sea of Red," Albert said. "When you pull up to the stadium Sunday morning and see everybody tailgating, you know it’s go time. Everybody is excited and everybody’s barbecuing and you see the Sea of Red and when that game starts, it’s breathtaking – it’ll take you back."
Chiefs Kingdom, it's time to be taken back!
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