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Week 1 in the Rearview: Chiefs Excited to Prove Who They Are Against Jacksonville

The Chiefs are looking to get back on track this weekend  

As Week 2 of the NFL season unfolds, the Kansas City Chiefs are looking ahead. With players eager to move past their early-season stumble, Sunday's matchup is more than just another game – it's a chance for the Chiefs to get back on track.

A sense of optimism resonated throughout the week, underpinned by the much-anticipated return of All-Pro defensive tackle Chris Jones, who rejoined the team for practice on Wednesday with an eye toward a solid showing on the field on Sunday. At Wednesday's press conference, Jones announced his comeback with an enthusiasm that was impossible to overlook, stating, "I'm back in the building. I'm excited to be back."

Yet, the real essence of the Chiefs' resilience heading into Week 2 is evident in the candid reflections of their quarterback and on-field leader, Patrick Mahomes. Still feeling the burn from the Week 1 loss, Mahomes pointed out the team's earnest desire to create a new narrative.

"I think guys are ready to go. I mean, we didn't like how we played this last Thursday," Mahomes said. "So, I think guys are ready to get out there and kind of prove to everybody, even ourselves, who we really are."

Mahomes' undying belief in his team was evident as he added, "I still have confidence in us, in any situation."

Wide receiver Kadarius Toney also mirrored his quarterback's forward-looking attitude while addressing his own mindset after the Week 1 loss.

"Just moving forward," Toney said. "I'm thinking about the next week and how I can make plays in the upcoming [game]. I'm not dwelling on the past."

However, the drive to bounce back isn't just a collective aim; it's a personal commitment as well. Jones, beyond expressing his excitement to be back, laid out his dedication to excellence:

"My focus right now is on being the best me that I can be for this team and for this defense. [I want to be the] best player on this defense and the best player in the league. Anything less than that, I'd be disappointed in myself."

As the Chiefs gear up for Sunday's kickoff against Jacksonville, the atmosphere is thick with expectations, but also rife with opportunity. Simply put, but the Chiefs are on a mission for redemption.