The Kansas City Chiefs first drive on offense and defense couldn’t have gone much better. The Chiefs started off with a nice kickoff return from Knile Davis to the 35-yard line plus a 15-yard penalty on Seattle to move it to the 50-yard line.
Alex Smith looked strong completing two passes to his tight ends - Demetrius Harris and Ross Travis. The Chiefs featured a number of sets involving two and three tight ends. They were balanced on the first drive with four passes and four runs. The best play of the drive came when Alex - who had plenty of time - scrambled to his left looking for a receiver. Behind the line of scrimmage, Alex had Albert Wilson wide open but couldn’t make the turn to throw across the field with Seahawks players chasing him. So he hit Jeremy Maclin at the 1-yard line right on the sideline. Excellent pass from Alex and excellent catch by Maclin, who stayed in bounds. The Chiefs pounded it in on the next play for six. That was Alex’s only drive as Nick Foles followed him. His final numbers: 3-of-4 passing for 36 yards.
Defensively, the Chiefs start wasn’t quite as good but the end result was. Russell Wilson attacked Steven Nelson twice early with passes to Doug Baldwin. The Seahawks drove into Kansas City territory. With Wilson scrambling to his right, he tried to find a receiver in the corner of the end zone but good ‘ol Marcus Peters was there. And guess what Peters did? He picked it off, just like he did eight times last year. Great job by him to keep his feet in bounds.