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Good morning, Chiefs fans! From Shaun Smith's mouth to Alex Smith's brain, we've got you covered. Come on in and enjoy your daily dose of Kansas City Chiefs news. Are you wearing red?

Many of his taunts begin the same way, and most of them end with a bleeping nickname. Defensive end Glenn Dorsey is the bleeping "Elephant," because, Smith said, that’s what Dorsey’s body resembles. Fullback Tim Castille is the bleeping wide receiver, because Smith believes Castille doesn’t like to block.

"You’re not always in the mood to hear it," Dorsey said Thursday, after Smith left, "but you know it’s coming."

Shaun Smith must back up his mouth on Chiefs’ defensive line from KC Star

While no one who has actually watched the Chiefs play this year is predicting a Super Bowl run, would it kill Haley to throw his team a bone?

The Chiefs are playing ugly football but they are winning. I understand that Haley is trying to temper expectations but his refrain can’t be inspiring much confidence in his players. While the Chiefs may be shallow on depth, they have a lot of players with talent and big play ability. Guys like Jamaal Charles, Tamba Hali, Dexter McCluster, Brandon Flowers and Derrick Johnson have shown they can break a big play for their team at any given time.

Haley Should Show More Confidence In His First Place Chiefs from Arrowhead Addict

A day after 49ers tight end Vernon Davis guaranteed on a conference call with Kansas City reporters that San Francisco would beat the Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, Todd Haley declined the chance to fire back.

Chiefs’ Haley declines to fire back at Vernon Davis from KC Star

Kansas City Chiefs rookie sensation Dexter McCluster in addition to being a second-round draft pick with tremendous potential, is a rap enthusiast. He'd like to use those skills to warn you about the dangers of texting and driving.

Dexter McCluster raps about the dangers of LOL'ing from Yahoo! Sports

OVERALL ANALYSIS

Even in defeat, the 49ers looked more like the team most of the world expected them to be on Monday night, and there's a hope moving forward that the performance can be a springboard to some wins. But in a road game that follows a short week preceded by an emotional loss, expect San Francisco to look a bit more ragged than it did against New Orleans in Week 2, and for a Chiefs team that is developing confidence to take advantage. Ugly wins are becoming Kansas City's calling card, and this one will fit that description.

NFL Preview - San Francisco (0-2) at Kansas City (2-0)  from KC Star

The 49ers will need to set the tone again with their rushing defence against the Chiefs, who have started with two victories primarily because of what their offence has done on the ground.

Halfbacks Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones have combined for 263 yards rushing for the league's fifth-ranked rushing attack. They've carried an offence that ranks 30th in the NFL overall.

Each rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season, and they'll be running this week into the heart of a San Francisco defence looking to prevent the 49ers' first 0-3 start since 2004.

49ers defence playing well but not satisfied with performance so far from The Canadian Press

Two games into what was supposed to be a breakout season, 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree looks like an afterthought. He had one catch against the Saints. Only two other passes went his way.

Heading into Sunday's game against Kansas City, Crabtree ranks fifth on the team in catches.

He was supposed to be the 49ers' go-to guy.

Where did he go?

49ers Michael Crabtree held in check so far from MercuryNews.com

I thought the 49ers rebounded from how they played in Seattle. What you take out of it is Alex Smith grew up. He played very well and was consistent. You hope he's gained some confidence...

...It won't be an easy game in Kansas City. It'll be very loud. It's a tough menu. The Chiefs are 2-0. They are winning games with defense and special teams.

These are some of the kids we started as rookies three years ago. Now they have some confidence. When you win close games, you have confidence that you can make a play. That's what Kansas City has right now.

Herman Edwards, NFL Diary: 49ers running on emotion from The Monterey County Herald

Bill Grigsby, the long-time Chiefs broadcaster, will be honored in a pregame ceremony Sunday when the Chiefs play the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium.

Chiefs to honor Grigsby from The Red Zone

49ers (0-2) at Chiefs (+120) Sunday 1 PM EDT – Home underdogs or not, I think the Chiefs should win this game. Sure, the 49ers looked a lot better in their home opener on Monday night, but it’s easy to get up against the Saints. I don’t know that 49ers quarterback Alex Smith is good enough to come into Arrowhead and win on the road. The Chiefs might need another touchdown from their special teams or defense, but I think they get to 3-0.

Which 2-0 Teams Will Lose This Week? from SportsUntapped.com

The Chiefs are no world-beaters but their new co-ordinators Charlie Weis on offence and Romeo Crennel are getting the best out of what they have and running backs Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles are more than capable of exploiting the holes in a defence deprived of the injured middle linebacker Takeo Spikes. By beating the San Diego Chargers in week one, the Chiefs have already shown they can beat better teams than San Francisco, especially when the latter are on a short week.

NFL Talkboard: Week three from The Guardian

24. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) – Two wins is two wins. And now the Chiefs are catching San Francisco in a perfect flat spot so Kansas City really could pull a stunner and start 3-0. You have to give them a lot of credit for not coming out flat in a letdown spot of their own last week in Cleveland. I know there are a lot of calls (especially from the fantasy football dorks) to give the ball to Jamal Charles more and let him work. But Thomas Jones is just a horse and he should be the lead back.

NFL Power Rankings Week 3 from Doc's Sports Service

2. Which 2-0 team, Tampa Bay or Kansas City, will finish with the best record?

Steven: I'll go with Kansas City. The Chiefs have a tough upcoming stretch against the 49ers, Colts and Texans, but have remaining winnable games against Buffalo, Jacksonville, Oakland (twice), St. Louis and Arizona...

Nathan: Kansas City’s schedule is a masterpiece...

Braden: ...I will take Kansas City. New England-West (from the GM to QB) seems to be in an easier division and a better place to win. 

Athlon's Steven Lassan, Nathan Rush and Braden Gall debate five burning questions for Week 1 in the NFL: from Athlon Football

After a horrible opener in Seattle, the 49ers looked a lot sharper in a heartbreaking loss to New Orleans. QB Alex Smith and the offensive line were much improved, and running back Frank Gore looked in midseason form. The team was done in by a handful of turnovers, negating a super performance by the defense, which held Drew Brees and Co. in check most of the contest before losing on a field goal as time expired.

The Niners, picked by many to win the NFC West, are overdue to turn things around when they visit undefeated Kansas City on Sunday. San Fran is a 2 1/2-point favorite over the overachieving Chiefs. Lay the points.

San Francisco takes out frustrations on Chiefs from The Boston Herald

Need a reason why the Chiefs are a surprising 2-0? Look no further than heretofore disappointing DE Glenn Dorsey, who is finally putting it all together the way many expected he would when he was the #5 overall pick in the 2008 draft. Dorsey has 8 tackles, a sack, 4 QB hurries, and has been a real bull against the run. He’s the clubhouse leader for Most Improved Player.

Having said that, I’m still not overly impressed with the Chiefs. Matt Cassel has attempted just four passes longer than 20 yards in their two games, and they caught a flat Chargers team at home in the rain and a poor Browns offense playing a backup QB.

Risdon's Week 3 Picks from Real GM Football

San Francisco travels to upstart Kansas City (2-0) this week to play at Arrowhead Stadium. Before the season, this week's 2½ point spread favoring the 49ers would have made sense. But after watching the Chiefs knock off the Chargers in Week 1, and the 49ers handle the crowd noise at Quest Field in Seattle worse than a high school team, that line is the height of optimism, as British soccer announcers like to say after a wild shot from 40 yards out.

Morning Merf: 49ers and Playoffs? Only in the NFC West from The Monterey County Herald

The San Francisco LBs will stuff Thomas Jones often, and Kansas City will have to get the ball to Jamaal Charles in space to keep the offense moving. That will be the goal, but Charles will be stopped from making any big plays and is a risky start. Matt Cassel will absorb several sacks and will not be able to get the ball to Dwayne Bowe when he needs to. The Chiefs WR will disappoint his fantasy owners again.

Despite Clausen, Smith still a fantasy starter this week from NFL.com

But Albert is not the only reason for the improved protection. The Chiefs interior is built of veteran leadership and savvy. With left guard Brian Waters, center Casey Wiegmann, and right guard Ryan Lilja, the Chiefs boast the most offensive line experience in the AFC; up ten spots from ‘09. Although there is a fine line between a veteran led line and an old one, both Waters and Lilja still have a lot left in the tank. And although Wiegmann is in the midst of his 15th season as a pro, the Chiefs haveRudy Niswanger and Jon Asamoah as an insurance plan. 

Don't Blame the O-Line from WPI

The Alex Smith Fan Club is open for business, and the line to sign up is going out the door.

Never mind that Smith is quarterbacking an 0-2 team headed to Kansas City on Sunday. The sixth-year quarterback just led the 49ers on a successful two-minute drill for the second time in his career, and folks have been jumping on his covered wagon ever since Monday's 25-22 loss to the Saints.

Alex Smith's 2 minutes a start on erasing reputation from The San Francisco Chronicle

By the way, I totally fought off the urge to use a Billy Ray Cyrus pic at the top of the post.