WR Dwayne Bowe did not begin the season with a big receiving performance, catching just four passes for 30 yards. Half of that total came on one catch, so his other three receptions averaged just five yards. Bowe wasn't complaining after the game. "I want to win," Bowe said. "If we win, there will be a lot of opportunities to catch more passes and gain more yards."
QB Alex Smith was at his most efficient in the Chiefs opening game victory against Jacksonville. The stats were not impressive in this age of 400-yard passing games, as he threw for just 173 yards. But Smith threw two touchdown passes, completed 61.8 percent of his passes and did not throw an interception. He also ran away from trouble four times, picking up 25 yards in the process.
RB Jamaal Charles left the game in the second half with what the Chiefs described as a quadriceps injury. On one of his running plays, Charles was sandwiched high and low by Jacksonville blockers and it appeared that as he came down, his right thigh hit smack on one of the tacklers bent knee. Both Charles and head coach Andy Reid indicated it was not a significant injury.
OLB Justin Houston continued to establish his position as the Chiefs best pass rusher with three sacks against Jacksonville in the regular season opener. Houston now has 18.5 sacks in 33 career games and his teammates think the sky is the limit for him in 2013. "He's getting better and better," said CB Brandon Flowers. "That's really something that helps us when you've got guys like him and Tamba (Hali) coming off the edge. The quarterback can't hold the ball long; if he does, those guys are going to take him down. Justin has put in the work. He's ready for a big year."
FB Anthony Sherman finished the Chiefs first game as their leading receiver, catching four passes for 44 yards. That total included a 26-yard pass and run from QB Alex Smith that was the K.C. offense's longest completion of the game. Sherman caught all four passes that were targeted for him and did a good job blocking for RB Jamaal Charles. It's doubtful Sherman's numbers will ever be big, but he will be a valuable contributor to Andy Reid's offense every week.
RG Jon Asamoah was not active for the game in Jacksonville because of a pulled calf muscle he suffered on August 24th. Asamoah worked out before the game and appeared to be moving well and seems close to returning to the practice field this week.
TE Travis Kelce dressed but did not play in the Chiefs opening game of the regular season against Jacksonville. Kelce has been dealing with a knee bruise that he suffered on August 24th and then re-injured in the team's final preseason game against Green Bay on August 29th.
ILB Nico Johnson was not active for the Chiefs game in Jacksonville because of a high ankle sprain that he suffered on August 24th and has kept him off the practice field since. Johnson status remains day-to-day according to head coach Andy Reid.
RB Knile Davis was almost an afterthought in the Chiefs offense in the opener against Jacksonville. He did not get into the huddle until starter Jamaal Charles went down with a quadriceps injury in the third quarter. Davis ran four times for 12 yards and caught one pass for five yards. That 17-yard total offense performance was far removed from what was expected of the third-round selection out of Arkansas.