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Chiefs Begin Andy Reid Era With Win Over Jaguars
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Sept. 8- It was Kansas City's most lopsided season-opening victory in 50 years, a perfect start to the Andy Reid era.

Alex Smith threw two early touchdown passes, Kansas City's defense dominated all day and the Chiefs handled the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-2 on Sunday.

Jamaal Charles ran for 77 yards and a touchdown before leaving with a quadriceps injury, but that was about the only negative for guys in red.

"You want to win every game you possibly can in the National Football League, that's what you strive for. You work so stinking hard for every week, then you cherish it," said Reid, who spent the previous 14 years in Philadelphia.

The last time Kansas City won its opener by such a wide margin was 1963, a 59-7 victory against Denver.

This one looked like it was headed in that direction after Smith threw two TD passes in the first quarter, both with short fields.

He had a 5-yarder to Donnie Avery, a play that followed a 36-yard punt return by Dexter McCluster. Smith added a 3-yarder to backup tight end Junior Hemingway, which came two plays after Brandon Flowers intercepted Blaine Gabbert's badly underthrown deep pass. Flowers returned it 32 yards to give the Chiefs great field position.

"We could see this coming with our defense," Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said. "We want to put something on film and let everyone see that the Chiefs' defense is for real. ... Our defensive line dominated their offensive line; it's that simple."

Charles made it 21-2 with his 2-yard scamper in the second period. He left the game in the third - after getting sandwiched by linebackers Geno Hayes and Paul Posluszny - but returned for two carries before calling it a day in the fourth.

"He did go back in for a play after he got stepped on, then we pulled him out," Reid said. "It was a quad and you don't mess with those. I think he's going to be OK. He did a nice job. He gives us great versatility there. He ran the ball hard. I thought he played good football."

The defense was even better.

Not only did the Chiefs sack Gabbert six times and post a shutout, they allowed Jacksonville to advance beyond its 36-yard line just twice in 15 series.

"We've just got to be better up front. I'm going to say that," Jaguars center Brad Meester said. "We've got to do a better of creating holes and a better job of protecting for Blaine. We just didn't give him enough time back there. If we don't create holes and give him time, we're just not able to get first downs."

It was a stunning display of offensive futility for the rebuilding franchise. The Jaguars finished with 178 yards, but for most of the game challenged the team low of 117 yards set last year against Houston.

It wasn't even close to the start Bradley wanted, but it was a clear indication of how far the team has to go.

"Sometimes it takes time to find out our identity," Bradley said. "I know as a staff we're going to dig deep to find out the things that we do best and we'll emphasize those."

The Jaguars did little well Sunday.

Gabbert completed 16 of 35 passes for 121 yards and two interceptions, including one Tamba Hali returned for a touchdown and a 28-2 lead in the fourth quarter. Gabbert ran off the field in the closing minutes of the game with a laceration to his right hand. He needed 15 stiches after the game.

Chad Henne replaced him and led the Jaguars to the 3-yard line, but they failed to score.

Maurice Jones-Drew, playing his first real game since injuring his left foot last October, ran 15 times for 45 yards.

"We'll see how this year turns out," Jones-Drew said. "No year is the same. It's a loss. We didn't play well as an offense. I don't know as an offense if you can do much worse than we did today."

The most telling sign for Jacksonville: Bryan Anger set a franchise record with 11 punts.

"We can't punt that many times. It's too many," receiver Cecil Shorts III said. "The whole offense didn't do a good job and we need to improve on that."

Many outsiders had the Chiefs pegged as a team that could make a significant turnaround under Reid. Not only did they return four Pro Bowlers on defense, but the offense was supposed to be improved with Reid calling plays and Smith executing them.

Against Jacksonville, things were mostly smooth.

Individual Statistics
Kansas City Passing:
Alex Smith 21 of 34 for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns

Jacksonville Passing:
Blaine Gabbert 16 of 35 for 121 yards and 2 interceptions
Chad Henne 3 of 6 for 36 yards

Kansas City Rushing:
Jamaal Charles 16 carries for 77 yards and 1 touchdown
Alex Smith 4 carries for 25 yards
Knile Davis 4 carries for 12 yards
Cyrus Gray 2 carries for 8 yards
Chase Daniel 2 carries for -2 yards

Jacksonville Rushing:
Maurice Jones-Drew 15 carries for 45 yards
Blaine Gabbert 4 carries for 16 yards
Justin Forsett 1 carry for 7 yards
Jordan Todman 1 carry for 2 yards
Denard Robinson 2 carries for 1 yard

Kansas City Receiving:
Anthony Sherman 4 receptions for 44 yards
Dexter McCluster 3 receptions for 43 yards
Dwayne Bowe 4 receptions for 30 yards
Jamaal Charles 3 receptions for 23 yards
Donnie Avery 2 receptions for 11 yards and 1 touchdown
Anthony Fasano 2 receptions for 8 yards
Cyrus Gray 1 reception for 6 yards
Knile Davis 1 reception for 5 yards
Junior Hemingway 1 reception for 3 yards and 1 touchdown

Jacksonville Receiving:
Cecil Shorts 3 receptions for 40 yards
Allen Reisner 3 receptions for 31 yards
Justin Forsett 4 receptions for 22 yards
Jordan Todman 3 receptions for 20 yards
Mike Brown 1 reception for 14 yards
Ace Sanders 3 receptions for 14 yards
Will Ta'ufo'ou 1 reception for 11 yards
Clay Harbor 1 reception for 5 yards

Kansas City Tackles-Assists-Sacks:
Derrick Johnson 7-0-0, Eric Berry 6-1-0.5, Justin Houston 5-0-3, Dontari Poe 5-1-1.5, Brandon Flowers 4-0-0, Akeem Jordan 4-0-0, Kendrick Lewis 3-0-0, Quintin Demps 2-0-0, Tamba Hali 2-0-0, Tyson Jackson 2-0-1, Marcus Cooper 1-0-0, Mike DeVito 1-0-0, Sean Smith 1-0-0, Frank Zombo 1-0-0

Jacksonville Tackles-Assists-Sacks:
Paul Posluszny 10-0-0, Alan Ball 4-0-0, Geno Hayes 4-0-0, Jason Babin 3-0-1, Johnathan Cyprien 3-0-0, Dwayne Gratz 3-0-0, Sen'Derrick Marks 3-0-0, Russell Allen 2-0-0, Roy Miller 2-0-0, Will Blackmon 1-0-0, Brandon Deaderick 1-0-0, Mike Harris 1-0-0, Dwight Lowery 1-0-0, Jeremy Mincey 1-0-0

Kansas City Fumble Recoveries:

Jacksonville Fumble Recoveries:

Kansas City Interceptions:
Brandon Flowers 1 for 32 yards
Tamba Hali 1 for 10 yards and 1 touchdown

Jacksonville Interceptions: