JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — 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."