So we’re clear, despite his lights out performance on Saturday evening, Chase Daniel isn’t going to supplant Alex Smith as the teams opening day starter. However one could make a case, that his three-touchdown performance against the Arizona Cardinals, will keep the former Missouri standout as Smith’s understudy this season.
I have to admit I’m eating a little crow right now. I’ve not been a fan of Daniel but he looked more comfortable in this game under center, than at any point during his tenure in Kansas City. Though he’s had a pair of regular season starts, neither of them compares to his performance in the Chiefs 34-19 exhibition opener.
Heck the fact he threw all three touchdown passes to three separate wide receivers, should be reason to celebrate if you’re a Chiefs fan. For the night, Daniel completed 17 of 21 passes for an impressive 189 yards passing. Granted the Cardinals first team defense was on the bench for much of that success, the Cardinals defenders who were on the field were no match for Daniel’s pinpoint passing.
The Chiefs, despite staring this game with a 10-0 deficit halfway through the first quarter, hit another gear when the starters went to the bench. Now I’m sure that’ll cause modest concern for Head Coach, Andy Reid but he has to be proud of the fact his team displayed capable depth.
Kansas City is still a long way from a complete team, but after the way they won the game, I might be more optimistic than most. Then again if injuries to Knile Davis, De’Anthony Thomas, Eric Kush and most notably, Jeff Allen, are severe, the Chiefs might be in trouble.
Of the walking wounded listed, losing Allen would be a significant blow to KC’s offensive line. It might force the Chiefs to sign free agent Guard, Evan Mathis to bolster their offensive line that struggled up the middle against the Cardinals.
Putting that conversation on hold for a couple of days, some young players stepped up like Linebacker, Ramik Wilson and Running Back, Charcandrick West. Wilson had an interception that led to a third quarter touchdown and West contributed 92 all-purpose yards against the Cardinals.
So what did we learn from this football game? Probably not much to believe the Chiefs can knock off the Denver Broncos from their AFC West throne. Yet for a team with seasoned veterans and some highly talented next generation players, they certainly took a step in the right direction as they hunt for a division championship.
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