Last year’s team went on to lose five of six games after the first loss, so there was a little bit of an elephant in the room when it came to the Bengals Sunday night.
Would one loss turn into another skid?
It didn’t, as the Chiefs came out and dominated at Arrowhead Stadium, defeating the Bengals, 45-10.
“Honestly, we’ve had great teams every year with great potential,” Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford, who recorded his fifth sack in the game, said. “It seems this year what’s different this year, I don’t know how to say it, it’s just the feeling. It’s what you can’t explain. I’ll tell you what, though, this was a big game. I don’t think anyone wanted to say it, this was a big game because we had a good start last year like this and just to really get over the hump. We don’t want to say it or peak too soon. But you take it game-by-game.”
Safety Ron Parker, who had his first career touchdown on an interception in the game, agreed with Ford.
“It was really important for us to bounce back,” Parker said. “We were challenged last week and the first L was a tough one. I think, as a whole, offense, defense and special teams, we bounced back good today. We just played hard, man, just coming out using the crowd and making plays.”
Ford and Parker will look to make it two wins in a row back at Arrowhead Stadium next Sunday against the Denver Broncos.