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KC Chiefs 2Kansas City, Mo. — The Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals duked it out here at Arrowhead Stadium Thursday night in the pre-season opener with the Chiefs walking away with a 41-39 win.
The Chiefs were anxious to put some of their new star players into action, and they got a good look at several potential new stars Thursday night. At the top of the list is a rookie from Oregon, De’Anthony Thomas, who grabbed a punt return and raced 79 yards to tie the score 10-10.
Right on his heels was Sean Smith, who intercepted a Bengal pass to boost the score up to 17-10 but the battle had just begun.
After Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith played the first quarter and managed to fumble at the 16 yard line, the Chiefs put former Mizzou Tiger Chase Daniel in as quarterback for most the rest of the game. Chase for the most part performed well under fire and most likely solidified his bid for second string quarterback. Tennessee’s Tyler Bray did a short stint at the end of the game.
Another rookie who showed his chops was Georgia State’s Albert Wilson, who came up with a 63-yard return . Others who looked good Thursday night were former Razorback Knile Davis, Travis Kelce and Cyrus Gray.
Cincinnati-Bengals-Logo 1After the Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton did his turn, the Bengals put in Jason Campbell, who almost won the game for them. At the end of the fourth quarter Campbell was replaced with Matt Scott who scrambled for a 20-yard gain that scored a last minute touchdown to make the score 41-39 and their dreams of an off site kick winner were smashed in a sea of red and the Chiefs won it.
The Chiefs did not play the Bengals in 2013 and lost to the Bengals 28-6 in 2012.
The Chiefs’ next game is Aug. 17 against the Panthers at Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers were defeated by the Buffalo Bills 18-20 Friday night. The Chiefs did not play the Panthers in 2013 and beat the Panthers 27-21 in 2012.
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