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Andy Reid wins opener with Kansas City Chiefs

Football: Glendale Community College product's new team dominates in his debut, 2013 opener at Jacksonville Jaguars.

September 14, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Former Glendale Community College football player Andy Reid won his debut with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Former Glendale Community College football player Andy… (Courtesy of Steve…)

The following are updates on area athletes and coaches in the National Football League.

After a bitter ending to his tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012, Andy Reid started 2013 and his time with the Kansas City Chiefs in sweet fashion with a 28-2 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 8.

“There’s a lot of emphasis put on the first game within the league,” Reid, a former Glendale Community College football player, said during a Monday press conference. “I keep in perspective that it’s one out of 16 games and hopefully more that you have an opportunity to play, so I understand that. On the other hand, I’ll always tell you that you work your tail off to win every game and that’s what you do. So every victory you get, you’re going to cherish and enjoy it for that small window that you get to enjoy it. To have won the first one of the year, it’s great.”

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While Reid’s West Coast Offense clicked, with quarterback Alex Smith completing 21 of 34 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, Kansas City’s defense stole the show. Jacksonville compiled just 178 offensive yards, with star running back Maurice Jones-Drew managing 45 yards in 15 carries. The Jaguars gave up six sacks and committed two turnovers in defeat. The Jaguars only points came on a punt block that went out of bounds in the end zone for a safety for the first points of the game.

“I thought the defense played very well,” Reid said. “We stopped this running back and he’s pretty stinking good. We were able to do that, so my hat goes off to those guys; they played their hearts out.”

After initial concerns of a quad contusion suffered Sunday, Kansas City No. 1 running back Jamaal Charles, who ran for 77 yards and a touchdown in 16 carries last week, is expected to play in the Chiefs’ home opener Sunday.

Reid and the Chiefs will face a bigger test in week two when they host the Dallas Cowboys, who also won their opener at home over the New York Giants, 36-31. While Kansas City did a good job of stopping the run against Jacksonville, it will look to keep Dallas and its pass-happy offense in check, as the Chiefs hope to match their win total from last year’s 2-14 season. The two wins in a season tied an all-time franchise low.

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