The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Dallas Cowboys 17-16 on Sunday. It was the Chiefs' home opener for the 2013 season. The Chiefs defense and special teams units were the stars of the day, in a game that saw the Chiefs offense struggle with continuity until they were trying to salt the game away late with the run.
Prior to the final drive of the game, Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles had a mere eight yards on eight carries. He had eight carries on the final drive, and finished with 55 yards on the ground. Kansas City's offense has come under scrutiny in the first two weeks, for the lack of points produced, and specifically a lack of commitment to the run game.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has had the same criticism follow him the last few years. Quarterback Alex Smith finished the game as the Chiefs' leading rusher with 57 yards on eight carries.
The Dallas Cowboys had their way with the Chiefs defense early, through the air, as it seemed no Chiefs defensive back was capable of covering wide receiver Dez Bryant. The Chiefs went to bracket coverage of Bryant in the second half, which seemed to slow him down. Bryant finished the game with nine receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown, which was Dallas' only touchdown on the day.
The Chiefs defense caused two Cowboys turnovers, and the special teams unit left Dallas in terrible field position most of the game, but the Chiefs offense wasn't able to capitalize with only three points off of turnovers.
The Chiefs were able to move the ball in spurts on offense, but had far too many drives stall out around midfield.
Kansas City will play the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night.