The Kansas City Chiefs’ massive victory in Week 1 against the New England Patriots appears to be a Pyrrhic one.
All signs point to the injury suffered by S Eric Berry in the game to be a significant one to his Achilles, which would end his season after less than one full game. There’s no other way to state it: The loss would be a massive one for the Chiefs.
Berry fills a role in that defense that no other player on the roster can handle by himself. Those are always the toughest players to lose, especially when they also fill such a leadership void, as Berry does. There are few players in the Chiefs’ locker room more respected than he is.
In a little more than three quarters, Berry reminded people what he can do on the field, too. He made a few huge run stops — including a huge fourth-down play in the first half — and was a key to containing Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski. Few players in the NFL have that kind of versatility.
Now the Chiefs must adjust how they play defense and attempt to fill that void.