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Opening day Chiefs-Jaguars factoids

09/07/2013 6:14 PM

09/09/2013 8:34 AM

Here are a couple of interesting tidbits regarding the Chiefs’ season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The game will feature the first and second players taken in the 2013 draft — Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher, who was picked first, and Jacksonville offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, who was selected second.

The only other time the top two overall picks have been on opposing sides on opening day in modern NFL history occurred in 1982 when New England, which took defensive tackle Kenneth Sims first overall, faced Baltimore, which took linebacker Johnie Cooks second.

We have a

story in Sunday’s editions

of The Kansas City Star detailing the frosty relationship between Fisher and Joeckel during the draft process and the reasons behind the Chiefs’ selecting Fisher, who played at Central Michigan, over Joeckel, who played at Texas A

• Andy Reid could become the first head coach to win his opening game with the Chiefs since . Are you ready for this Frank Gansz in 1987. The Chiefs beat San Diego 20-13 at Arrowhead.

Marty Schottenheimer, Gunther Cunningham, Dick Vermeil, Herm Edwards, Todd Haley and Romeo Crennel all lost in their debuts.

Reid went 7-7 on opening day as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and posted road wins in each of the past two seasons. His Eagles won 17-16 at Cleveland on opening day last year and 31-13 at St. Louis in 2011.

• The Chiefs last won on opening day in 2010 when they beat San Diego in a late Monday night game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Their last opening-day win on the road was a wild 40-39 win at Cleveland in 2002, when Morten Andersen made a last-second field goal after the Browns’ Dwayne Rudd was penalized for removing his helmet while celebrating what appeared to be the final play of a Cleveland win.

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