KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Andy Reid said before the Kansas City Chiefs' preseason opener that he simply wanted to see his team execute. Nothing fancy. Just get the job done.
He couldn't have asked the starters to execute a whole lot better.
Led by new quarterback Alex Smith, the Chiefs opened with a grinding, 14-play, 80-yard drive on Friday night in New Orleans. They capped it off with a short touchdown run by Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles, who followed right tackle Eric Fisher, their No. 1 overall pick.
The No. 1 defense forced a punt before its night was done.
So while the Chiefs ultimately lost 17-13, Reid saw plenty of reasons to be optimistic.