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Defense, special teams dazzle while offense stagnates in Chiefs' preseason opening victory

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    Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines (23) breaks up a pass intended for Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Brandon Tate (19) in the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley) (The Associated Press)

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    Cincinnati Bengals strong safety Danieal Manning (38) tackles Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson (8) in the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga) (The Associated Press)

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    Kansas City Chiefs running back Cyrus Gray (32) celebrates a touchdown with his teammates in the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won 41-39. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga) (The Associated Press)

Depending on which part of the Chiefs' preseason opener Andy Reid chose to watch, he could have come away thrilled about the prospects for the upcoming season or deeply depressed.

There were two touchdowns by the defense — and many more blown coverages. There were three-and-outs and fumbles by the offense — along with long touchdown passes and dynamic runs. On special teams, there was an electrifying punt return touchdown but several boneheaded decisions.

The Chiefs wound up beating Cincinnati 41-39 on Thursday night, but the result was mostly a moot point. Reid said there were positives and negatives from the preseason opener, and plenty of work to do before the Chiefs visit Carolina on Aug. 17.

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