5 keys for Chiefs to beat the Browns this Sunday

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. (Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. (Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Orlando Brown. (Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Kansas City Chiefs have a tough opening matchup against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1. These are their five keys to victory.

There are tons of juicy matchups to be had in Week 1 of the NFL regular season. The Chiefs and Browns could produce more fireworks than all of them.

What’ll it take for Kansas City to start their quest for a third straight Super Bowl appearance off on the right foot?

5 keys for the Chiefs to beat the Browns in Week 1

1. Don’t get overwhelmed in the trenches

Last time we saw the Chiefs in real NFL action, the offensive line in chaos against the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl.

The line has been completely rebuilt since then. They traded for Orlando Brown. They brought in Joe Thuney. They got right tackle Lucas Niang back from a COVID-19 opt-out. They drafted center Creed Humphrey and appear to have hit pay dirt on guard Trey Smith in the sixth round.

With Brown and Thuney in place, there is real reason for optimism up front. Humphrey and Smith were excellent in the preseason. Now it’s time to see if all that positive momentum is for real.

The Browns are not the team the Chiefs might have picked to test out their new line so early. Cleveland boasts on of the most formidable pass rushers in the league in Myles Garrett. He now has Jadeveon Clowney opposite him on the defensive line. That’s quite the test to face in Week 1.

So it’s not about being perfect. It’s about not getting overwhelmed. This line looks capable of holding their own. Let Patrick Mahomes do the rest.