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Good morning! Slow day for KC sports, right? Get your football fix now with today's Kansas City Chiefs news, then head on over to Royals Review to get ready for Game 1. Go Chiefs ! Go Royals!!

Ed Zurga

Player Development Helping Young Chiefs to Thrive from The Mothership

There's been a lot of talk on the job that Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and his staff have done in bringing in players to help contribute on a roster filled with injuries.

This is undoubtedly true, as Dorsey and his staff have done a phenomenal job bringing in talent, but that's only part of the equation. Once those players arrived in Kansas City, the coaching staff, led by Andy Reid, has had the task of developing those players into contributors whenever their name may be called.

"The coaches have done a nice job in that case," Reid said of the staff's ability to develop. "They have had a few guys in spots they've had to coach up. But Dorsey's given them talent to work with and they put their expertise and work them like crazy."

Andy Reid Press Conference 10/20 from The Mothership

Q: Do you feel like the team was able to take from the Denver game and the San Francisco game when it was close in the clutch and learn from that to be able to execute in the final minutes yesterday?

REID: "Well every game is different so you learn from your mistakes, from that history that you develop there. We probably did learn a bit but every game presents you another situation that you've got to overcome. I was proud the way the guys handled that."

Q: In general how much of a confidence booster having a game winning drive like that can be for the whole team?

REID: "I think it's good, I think overall the whole picture is good. Yeah it came down to the last drive but there were a lot of people on both sides of the ball and special teams that put you in a position to be able to do that. But from an offensive standpoint, yeah, that can help. We had that last year against them but we didn't quite finish it all the way. You've got to be consistent with it game after game."

Chiefs vs. Chargers: Snap Counts & Playtime Percentages from The Mothership

The Chiefs offense ran 74 plays in the game, compared to just 52 for the Chargers.

Six Chiefs offensive players played every snap against the Chargers: QB Alex Smith, LT Eric Fisher, LG Mike McGlynn, C Rodney Hudson, RG Zach Fulton and RT Ryan Harris

Chiefs vs. Chargers: Game Takeaways from The Mothership

After the game, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said the plan coming in wasn't necessarily to lean on the running game as much as they did, but it was more about how the Chargers defense was playing against them.

"I don't even know how much of it is intentional," Smith said of the emphasis on running the ball against the Chargers. "It felt like they were just playing us soft, especially early, you looked at some of the checks they had to some of our formations and really, I felt like some of the things we've been doing the last few weeks, they were very aware of and we're going to try and stop it."

Charles said the offense was just in rhythm on Sunday.

Postgame Facts and Stats from The Mothership

COLQUITT LANDS TWO INSIDE THE 20:Dustin Colquitt booted four punts for 173 yards (43.3 gross, 38.3 net), landing two punts inside the 20-yard line. Colquitt has landed 13 of his 24 punts this season inside the 20-yard line. He has now landed 298 punts inside the 20-yard line in his career, the most in Chiefs history. His 298 punts inside the 20 rank tied for 10th in NFL history with Reggie Roby. With two more punts inside the 20, Colquitt would become just the 10th player to land at least 300 punts inside the 20-yard line.

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Andy Reid on RB Jamaal Charles: ‘He's dirty tough' from Chiefs Digest

"He's dirty tough," Reid said during Monday's media session. "There's a special category for those guys, and he's in that category. There are not a lot of those around, but he's a beast for sure."

Reid knows running backs given his history in Philadelphia with the likes of Duce Staley, Brian Westbrook, Correll Buckhalter and LeSean McCoy, all of whom brought toughness to the running game.

Charles also has an underrated tough-rusher reputation.

He suffered in Week 2 what the Chiefs called a high ankle sprain, an injury that typically requires multiple weeks to heal, and returned to practice the following week.

Andy Reid: Tough schedule helping Chiefs develop from ESPN

Coach Andy Reid shared some interesting thoughts in a guest appearance on ESPN's "Mike and Mike" Monday on how the 3-3 Kansas City Chiefs have developed this season. Reid suggested the Chiefs' difficult schedule was responsible for their rapid development.

"We've had a great schedule,'' Reid said. "We've got to play some really good football teams. We've got the Rams coming up. They had a huge win yesterday. Jeff [Fisher] has that group rolling there. You love that challenge.

"We welcome that. We've had that up to this point. We've come out on top on a couple of them and we've had our tail kicked in a couple of them but we're battling and learning and finding out about ourselves and we're getting better as we go.''

Chiefs coach Andy Reid in impressive company with post-bye week record from Chiefs Digest

Reid is now 14-2 (.875 winning percentage) after an off week following Sunday's 23-20 win over the San Diego Chargers.

That winning percentage mark is currently tied with Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who is 7-1, for the second-best winning percentage among NFL head coaches returning from a bye week (minimum of eight games).

Reid sits alone with 14 career wins after a bye, a mark that ranks as the most of any NFL head coach.

Jamaal Charles again validates his place in Chiefs history from ESPN

Charles acknowledged to being relieved at having the record. That's not because it was that important but because he won't have to answer questions about it anymore.

He also has bigger, if probably unobtainable, goals in mind.

"Now that it's over with, I can just go out and think about other records to break," he said. "It's great to be the leading rusher for an organization but you've got guys like Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith with 20,000 yards. That's something I wish to get to someday."

Charles is 77th on the NFL's all-time rushing list. Smith is the leader with 18,355 yards.

Chiefs continue evaluating cornerback position from Chiefs Digest

Third-year pro Jamell Fleming surprisingly drew the start Sunday at left cornerback in place of Marcus Cooper against the San Diego Chargers.

Whether there's an open competition leading to Week 8's game against the St. Louis Rams or Fleming is the permanent solution remains to be seen.

"We'll see," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said during Monday's media session. "We need everybody, so we'll see how it all shakes out."

Jamaal Charles secures record while focusing team goal from USA Today

"Our identity is that we keep the ball form the other team and we eat up clock," Charles said. "We keep on doing that to any team it is possible that we could win any game."

And when Charles has the ball, Chargers cornerback Shareece Wright witnessed just how effective the verteran running back can be.

"We know he breaks tackles and doesn't stop until the whistle," Wright said. "You have to know that and understand that." You have to wrap-up, hold on, and wait for everyone else to get there."

Cairo Santos vindicates himself, Chiefs with winning kick from ESPN

"What he was in college was a model of consistency," Dorsey said. "He set the NCAA record for consecutive field goals. He's always been mentally tough. You go back and study the kickers. All the great ones started slow in their careers.

"He's young. He had to grow and that's what he's doing. This kick showed it."

Santos' streak of 26 successful field goals while in college at Tulane is actually the second-longest in NCAA history but that's a minor point. The bigger picture is that Santos, who made all three of his field goal tries on Sunday, is on a roll. He has made six straight field goal attempts.

Santos' 48-Yard Field Goal Lifts Kansas City Chiefs Over San Diego Chargers from The Associated Press via KPBS

Pretty much everybody thought the San Diego Chargers would be 6-1 heading into their first meeting of the season with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

Everybody except Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs made the AFC West a three-team race on Sunday by beating the Chargers 23-20 on rookie Cairo Santos' 48-yard field goal with 21 seconds left, snapping San Diego's five-game winning streak.

Chiefs show resiliency in victory over Chargers from The Associated Press via The Springfield News-Leader

The Kansas City Chiefs were such a mess in their season opener against Tennessee that they were quickly written off, their dramatic turnaround last season considered a fluke.

Turns out that conclusion was premature.

After steadily improving over the first few weeks of the season, the Chiefs earned a marquee victory Sunday when they rallied for a 23-20 win at San Diego - not only knocking off one of the league's hottest teams but taking a big step toward the top of the division.

Sure, the Denver Broncos remain the team to beat in the AFC West, and the Chiefs are still looking up the standings at the Chargers. But there is suddenly a feeling that the Chiefs can make some noise in the wild-card race, if not for the division title.

Quick hits: Oliver, Marshall, drops, 'dogs from The San Diego Union-Tribune

Branden Oliver did not make it three straight games with 100 yards and a touchdown, achieving neither against the Kansas City Chiefs. But in gaining 67 yards on 15 carries, the rookie running back may have had his most consistent day. In his fewest carries in the three-game stretch, Oliver had his most (three) runs of 10 yards or more and his highest percentage (53 percent) of carries of at least four yards.

Chiefs still savoring big win over Chargers from Lindy's Sports

The 23-20 outcome lifted the Chiefs to a 3-3 record; not bad for a team that started the season 0-2. By beating the Chargers, the Chiefs assured themselves that the Bolts were not going to run off and hide with first place in the AFC West. And, it was the Chiefs' first victory in San Diego since 2007 and only the second victory there since and including the 2003 season.

More than anything else, the winning performance was big because, for the first time in over a decade, they won a road game against a divisional opponent that was in first place in the AFC West.

Kraska's Take: Dumb defensive penalties doom the Bolts from 760 KFMB

For the second consecutive week, our San Diego Chargers did not play their best. While you can sometimes get away with lapses against a team like the Raiders, against Andy Reid, Alex Smith and the Chiefs, you certainly cannot. On Sunday, Kansas City was given several second chance opportunities and that's what did in the Chargers. The Chiefs beat our Bolts 23-20.

Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20, and it's easy on Monday to point out everything that didn't work on Sunday.

Five Lessons from the Chiefs Game from Chargers.com

Third Down Reversal - Much had been said about the Chargers success on third down.  Offensively they ranked third in the league in conversion percentage (54%) and first by a wide margin with 12 touchdowns.  Defensively, a major reason for their success had been getting off the field on third down.  The Chargers fell short in both areas on Sunday.  The Bolts struggled to convert third downs and string together long drives, going only 3-for-10 on the day.  Meanwhile, the defense struggled to get stops on third downs and allowed Alex Smith to calculatingly move the ball down field.

Upsets reign in surprise-filled NFL Week 7 from The Boston Globe

Chiefs impress again: Many of us cast off the Chiefs as non-contenders early this season, especially after an 0-2 start gave them seven losses in their previous nine games. But Kansas City delivered a reminder Sunday that it has quickly pivoted into a dangerous team with a come-from-behind 23-20 win in San Diego - its third victory in four games. The Chiefs, who had lost six years in a row in San Diego by an average of 14 points, were determined to change their luck. "We decided we were going to leave here with a win," running back Jamaal Charles said. The Chiefs (3-3) snapped a five-game win streak for the Chargers (5-2) and left themselves in good condition to join the AFC playoff race. Coach Andy Reid is now 14-2 after a bye.

Contender or pretender: How good is your mediocre NFL team? from SportingNews

Kansas City Chiefs (3-3, third in West). They had to win that game in San Diego coming off a bye to have a chance at chasing down another wild-card berth. They did many good gritty things coming off the bye to shock the Chargers, 23-20. They still didn't blow anyone away with their offense or defense, however. They have a stretch of some should wins (Rams, Jets, Bills) and get the Broncos and Chargers at home down the stretch. The problem is, we still don't think they are better than .500 talent wise. But hey, Kansas City has the Royals, right? Verdict: Pretender

Brazilian shines in NFL and guarantee victory in Kansas City from Bonde.com [translated from the original Portuguese]

In addition to the record of touchdowns passes to Peyton Manning (reached 510 in a 42-17 win at the Denver Broncos over the San Francisco 49ers), the round this weekend in the NFL was also historic for Brazil. The kicker Cairo Santos, the first Brazilian to play professionally in one of the franchises, hit a shot from 48 yards when there were 20 seconds left in the match in which his team, the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers won by 23-20. It was the first time that a kick in the brazuca secured a victory.

At 38, Peyton Manning's Prime is Right Now from MMQB

Offensive Player of the Week

Peyton Manning, quarterback, Denver. 510. And counting.

Alex Smith, quarterback, Kansas City. In his 103rd NFL regular-season game, Smith finally won in San Diego, where he grew up, starred at Helix High, went 25-1 as a prep quarterback, and rooted desperately for the Chargers. On Sunday he executed superbly in the second half against red-hot San Diego, which hadn't lost since opening night. He led the Chiefs on second-half scoring drives of 63, 86 and 52 yards. And he out-rated the Quarterback Who Would Be MVP on the other side of the field, Philip Rivers, 103.4 to 83.4. A memorable afternoon for Smith, with his extended family in the rickety stands of Qualcomm.