Welcome back to Chefs Watch! To date we've had two game threads covering the Kansas City Chiefs, but now that we're two games into the season, it's time to start breaking down their weekly performance.
For those wondering what the heck I'm talking about, in case you forgot, the 49ers have the Kansas City Chiefs third round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. If the Chiefs win eight games this season, that pick becomes a second round pick. Accordingly, we want the Chiefs to win games. And furthermore, we will track them every week through Chefs Watch.
The Chiefs are now sitting at 2-0 after defeating the Dallas Cowboys 17-16 this weekend. This followed a 28-2 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. I have to admit I was surprised to see the Chiefs beat the Cowboys. I was pretty high on the Cowboys this year, but they couldn't get anything going on Sunday against what is looking like a very solid Chiefs defense. DeMarco Murray was held to 25 yards, and while Tony Romo threw for 298 yards, it came on 42 attempts. The Chiefs also forced a pair of fumbles.
And amidst all this, they've gotten consistently solid work from Alex Smith. He is not blowing the doors down, but as we came to expect in the last days of his starting tenure with the 49ers, he is taking care of business. For the purposes of Chefs Watch, this is very much a good thing.
The Chiefs travel to Philadelphia this week for Thursday Night Football against the Eagles. On a short week, it will be interesting to see how the Chiefs defense prepares for the high-octane Eagles offense. They stumbled at home against the Chargers, but much of that was due to Philip Rivers shredding their defense. We'll see what Alex Smith can do against the Eagles inconsistent defense.
On a related draft note, the 49ers also hold the Tennessee Titans third round pick, courtesy of the 2013 trade that netted Tank Carradine. The Titans won their season opener at Pittsburgh, but dropped their Week 2 contest at Houston in overtime. The Titans are actually looking kind of decent this year. They are not going to dominate teams, but they could be that team that sneaks it way at or above .500 and when they're suddenly in the playoff chase, everybody wonders what the heck just happened.
Hopefully the Titans will be lose more games, but I think this is a team that will end up picking somewhere in the middle of each round. They host the San Diego Chargers this week. The Chargers are 1-1, but are a tough blown lead to the Texans from being 2-0. Go Chargers!