The Chiefs' overtime victory at New Orleans last year provided one of the few good moments from the easily forgotten 2012 season.
But not for center Rodney Hudson.
While Ryan Succop made a franchise-record six field goals, Jamaal Charles ran for 233 yards, including a game-turning 91-yard touchdown and Justin Houston had three sacks, including a safety, Hudson's season ended early in the game when he suffered a broken leg.
The Chiefs return to the scene of Hudson's injury on Friday night for their preseason opener, and he harbors no apprehension or superstition about playing at the Superdome in his first game since the injury.
Succop made 28 of 34 field goals last season, his second-best percentage (82.4) since his rookie season of 2009 when his 25 of 29 (85.2) tied an NFL record as the best percentage by a rookie.
And in the process, Succop became the franchise's all-time leader in career field-goal percentage last season, having made 97 of 119, or 81.6 percent.
But it's easier to remember the misses than the makes, and how to explain that miss from 40 yards in the season opener at home against Atlanta, the 39-yarder just before the half at San Diego, a 33-yarder at Pittsburgh in a game the Chiefs would lose in overtime or a 27-yarder that hit the upright at Cleveland?
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Running back Knile Davis. The play of Davis, another rookie, has been uneven at training camp. He's looked good when running the ball but has dropped numerous passes to the point where the Chiefs can't possibly trust him when they throw to Davis. He has to be more than a one-dimensional player if he's to be of much value to the Chiefs. It wouldn't be a bad idea for the Chiefs to get Davis involved in the passing game to get him some more work in that area.
Here's a prediction. Running back Jamaal Charles will not rush for 1,509 yards this season, as he did in 2012. He may not rush for much more than 1,000 yards.
But he still may gain close to 1,500 yards from scrimmage as a rusher and as a receiver.
The Chiefs have spent all but $82,492 of their salary cap allotment. They have the smallest remaining wiggle room among the 32 NFL teams.
The Jaguars had $22,916,605 available in salary cap funds. Only Cleveland has more room under the salary cap.
"Voice Of The Kingdom" Winner from The Mothership
Jordan Brown is the 2013 Chiefs "Voice of the Kingdom" and will be performing the National Anthem at Arrowhead Stadium on August 29th as the Chiefs take on the Green Bay Packers.
"I'm extremely excited and very thankful for everyone who voted for me," Jordan commented. "I also want to say congratulations to Casi and Jamie, they both have beautiful voices and it was truly an honor to be in the same competition as them."
Chiefs Banking On More Production From Tight Ends from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
"It's a big group, a physical group and a group, I think, that is really balanced for tight ends," Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said. "I mean that as far as run and pass. A group that can really block and hold their own but really some weapons in the pass game as well."
That may prove more valuable than blocking in Reid's modified West Coast offense.
Jamaal Charles is certain to get plenty of carries, so blocking will remain important for the tight ends. But the ability of all three to stretch defenses will be counted upon heavily given that Kansas City is unsettled and largely unproven beyond Dwayne Bowe at wide receiver.
Chiefs' Revamped Secondary Out to Prove Itself from The Associated Press via The St. Joseph News-Press
It took dozens of lousy plays over the course of the season for the Chiefs to have one of the worst years in franchise history. But their inability to cause turnovers, particularly in the secondary, was somewhere near the root of their problem.
Brandon Flowers had three of the Chiefs' interceptions. Stanford Routt had two, and he only played half the year before being cut. Otherwise, a handful of guys managed to get their paws on at least one pass, but that was it when it came to flustering quarterbacks.
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Asamoah (32), Allen (13) and Hudson (four) have combined for 49 career starts, but the three have never started the same regular season game together. Hudson opened as the first-team center last year before a broken leg suffered in Week 3 against the Saints ended his season, moving Allen into a starting role as a rookie after Ryan Lilja moved over to take over snapping duties.
Although Allen and Asamoah started 12 of 13 games together after that, Hudson's shortened season puts added emphasis on continuing to develop cohesion, starting with Friday's preseason opener versus the Saints.
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As we approach the pre-season opener on Friday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, two position battles just became a bit more interesting. Too bad it will be for a negative reason.
Katherine Terrell of NOLA.com reports that Joe Morgan and Kenyon Coleman are both out for the season. Morgan received a second opinion on his knee, which was injured during Saturday's scrimmage. The Saints' deep threat has a torn ACL and will have season-ending surgery. Coleman was seen leaving practice slamming his helmet in frustration. It turns out his frustration was due to a season-ending pectoral tear.
Former Bulldog, D-O Standout Moody Signs With KC Chiefs from The Times And Democrat
But Tuesday was the day that Moody's dreams came true as the former Bulldog defensive back signed to play for the Kansas City Chiefs.
"It's a blessing," Moody said. "It still hasn't hit home yet. It's still kind of hard for me to gather it all in that I'm sitting by players that I just recently have been watching on TV. It hasn't hit home yet. After a while, I should calm down."
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Kansas City's 47.6 percent good blocking rate (GBR) placed ninth in the league in that category, and could get even better with the addition of first-round pick Eric Fisher. Andy Reid may be a pass-first coach, but that should actually be a positive for Charles given his superb pass-catching abilities.
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