OK, I was up in my seats, up in the SE corner of Arrowhead, and while I didn't see everything (I missed about the first half of the first quarter, due to miscalculating traffic), a few things caught my eye.
First off, the O wasn't as crisp as last week, but we expected that, I think. SF really challenged the O-line. That's not entirely a bad thing, though - if they were feeling cocky, this was a much-needed wake-up call. On the flip side, the line wasn't totally lame, either, so they should be able to respond to teaching, and take the lessons to heart. This may have been Fisher's real "welcome to the NFL" moment, and if so, this was a very good time for it.
That Kaep was done before I got there was disappointing, so I didn't see how the first-team D did against their first-team O, but others will likely comment. I thought that against McCoy, they showed some sparks. The shining light in the dark, of course, was the special teams play, with the exception of the bumble of the blocked punt, but I think that missing an adjustment in blocking is correctable. The return game was pretty electric to watch, though. ST may be something to watch, this year. The WR problems were highlighted by the SF D. It's pretty clear that will need to be addressed next year, not sure if we can hit the wire after cut-downs for an upgrade, but I hope so. Unless one of our guys "turns the corner" soon, we could really use some help on the outside. Finally, for all the problem areas that were exposed, the Chiefs played against a Super Bowl team, and didn't outright suck. Yes, there's clearly the need for more work, but there's still time to do that work, and a couple pre-season game left to work some kinks out. All in all, even without Kaep, SF is still a better team (duh!), and we clearly have some weaknesses, but from what I saw, most of the guys were playing "hungry", and without second-guessing themselves or their teammates. Based on what I saw tonight, I think that 8-8 is definitely do-able. As far as the crowd went, late in the 2nd Q, there were more butts in the seats than at the peak of many regular season games last year, and a swarm of SF fans didn't appear to be the difference maker on that point. The size of the crowd in the 1st was low, but a lot of people appear to have had the same traffic issues that I had. If the Big Red Machine plays tough, and keeps the games they don't win tight, early on, the Sea of Red might find its high tide here at Arrowhead for home games once more. Bottom line, now you see where you need to learn, so get to work, guys! Go Chiefs!