Yup, SB Nation has a new look, and so do the Kansas City Chiefs. Coming off their first win of the season, the Chiefs look to be a new team, a fresh team, an invigorated team with a brand, new look and feel: a strong running game led by Jamaal Charles with an off-and-on-again passing game, featuring Matt Cassel and Dwayne Bowe. What's that you say? It's the same look for the Chiefs as in 2010? Well, yeah it is, but it's the first time anyone's seen it since just before the end of that season, so for right now it's new.
What was truly different from the previous games in Sunday's win over the Saints was a sense of urgency, and a no-quit attitude from the Chiefs offense. Charles brought the Chiefs back from the dead (at least from a 24-6 deficit) with a 90 yard TD run, and later added to his amazing day with a 40 yard romp. In all, Charles' offensive production equaled what the Saints did as a team. Not too shabby. And as for Cassel, while he's no Drew Brees, he made the crucial 4th QTR and OT throws that the Chiefs needed, picking up critical first downs and keeping the Chiefs alive and moving until the last of Ryan Succop's six (!) field goals.
The defense also played a pivotal role, as the Secondary (Stanford Routt, Brandon Flowers and Eric Berry) covered the Saints WR's tightly in the second half while the LB's (Houston, Hali, Derrick Johnson) were putting pressure on Brees, who didn't complete a pass for the last 20 minutes of the game (or something like that).
Dexter McCluster appeared to sustain what looked to be a horrible elbow injury, but he tweeted earlier today that "feels good" (for what little that's worth) while the Chiefs also limped off with injuries to Center Rodney Hudson and had to sit TE Kevin Boss for the game. (More injury updates later this week). After an 0-2 start, the Chiefs face a "Showdown for First Place" this Sunday against the visiting Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium. Questions bout the Chiefs? This is the place to ask and, with any luck, get some great answers from Chiefs fans.
Here's to a good game, an injury-free game and may the best Kansas City-based team win.
Editor's Note - The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Tuesday that CB Jacques Reeves has been placed on injured reserve, which means his season is over. Reeves will join the following players on the Chiefs IR list: Alex Tanney, Martin Rucker, De'Quan Menzie and Kyle McCarthy.
Did Not Practice: Kevin Boss, Peyton Hillis