August 10, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Richard Bartel (2) is sacked by Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Brandon Bair (90) in the third quarter of the game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Denny Me
Those of you who don't care for preseason games, let me tell you the single best thing about the KC Chiefs preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals. The Chiefs, both offensively and defensively, played as if this was Week 12 of the regular season.
They had their act together.
The offense broke the huddle quickly; Matt Cassel changed plays as necessary; everyone knew where to line up.
The defense was sharp with everyone seemingly understanding their role, hitting the right gaps on blitzes and capitalized on the Cardinals mistakes.
That's the biggest takeaway from Friday's game: the Chiefs did not play like it was the preseason.
Will this translate to the regular season? Will Matt Cassel look as sharp in Week 1? Can the defense continue to create turnovers?
Those are all questions that will be answered but if there's one thing to remember from the Chiefs first preseason game it's that they're not playing like it was the first preseason game.
So it's pretty much the exact opposite of where we were at this time last year, talking about a 25-0 loss to the Bucs in the preseason opener.