What a difference a year makes.

And an improved offensive line doesn’t hurt either.  When the game was on the line, the Kansas City Chiefs ran over a solid Dallas front seven to knock just over 3 and a half minutes off the clock with a 17-16 lead. During that last Chiefs drive, Charles carried for 3, 9, 16, 6, 4, 0, 4 and 5 yards.  The Cowboys defense had to know what was coming, yet they couldn’t stop it.

Dallas has some problems, but they’re not among the d-linemen and linebackers.

The Chiefs offensive line still needs work and they showed that frequently against the Cowboys in the first 55 minutes Sunday. But what we’ve seen in the first two games is better than what Chief fans have been subjected to since the retirements of Willie Roaf and Will Shields. That last drive against Dallas is likely a hint of things to come.

The defense is pretty good. Remember that this is essentially the same Chiefs defense that was one blocked field goal attempt from a division title in 2011 despite an offense featuring a lot of “Lookout!!” blocks and quarterbacking from the likes of Tyler Palko and Kyle Orton at QB after Matt Cassel got hurt.

Keep an eye on Dontari Poe at nose tackle Thursday night. #92 is a load. Looks like a thirsty man trying to get to the bar at last call when he wades into the backfield.  I’m still amazed that the former regime had the good sense to draft him. It was one of the few things Scott Pioli and his associates got right.

I’m not a fan of the all-red uniforms. But, I can put up with them if the Chiefs win every time they wear them.