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Bedard: NFL Opening Night takeaways – ‘Preseason’ is for suckers, Chiefs are still very good

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The NFL returned on Thursday night, and it was almost exactly where it left off in January/February ... with the Chiefs just a much better team than the Texans in their 34-20 victory that wasn't even that close.

Some takeaways and lingering thoughts on what we saw:

 • Preseason is for suckers: For years, and especially this summer, we were all told the value of the NFL exhibition season (they hate that reference; they much prefer "preseason" because they know it keeps up the illusion) — even it was cut in half from four to two games. Most of it was from the ownership side, because god forbid the owners didn't get hard-working season ticket holders to fork over full ticket and parking prices for another four games.