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Good morning! Holy crap, Royals! Win a game in 9 so I can get to bed at a decent hour. Thanks. Here's your Kansas City Chiefs news.

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

10/3 Practice Recap: Stabilizing San Francisco from The Mothership

Out of the 32 teams in the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers boast the league's second-best defense based on yards allowed per game (287), only topped right now by the Detroit Lions (267).

As with all good defenses, their success starts up front with the defensive line, in their case led by five-time Pro Bowler Justin Smith. In four games, Smith already has three of the fives sacks recorded by the team this season.

For the Kansas City Chiefs to be victorious on Sunday, they will thus once again need their offensive line to play well, a task that has become a bit easier as it remains in tact.

Andy Reid Press Conference 10/03 from The Mothership

Q: You've talked about the toughness you want from your offense especially in the line of scrimmage. If ever there's a game where if you're not tough, you'll find yourself on your butt, it's this team. How do they (San Francisco) play their defense with attitude?

REID: "Yeah, that's exactly how they play and yeah, you're right on all accounts there. So, you've got to make sure you go out there and play good, tough football. They are a tough group and so we've got to make sure we are right as we go play them."

De'Anthony Thomas Listed as Probable from The Mothership

Thomas, the Chiefs fourth-round pick (No. 124 overall) last May, picked up 45 touchdowns in his three seasons at Oregon, and the majority of his scores highlighted both his speed and athleticism.

Thomas' big-play ability was on display during the preseason with his electric 80-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. It was at that point that Chiefs fans saw what Thomas was capable of doing with the ball in his hands at the NFL level.

Without Thomas returning punts through the first four games, the Chiefs still found plenty of success with Frankie Hammond taking the duties. The Chiefs rank seventh in the NFL in return average at 11.7 yards and are tied for first in the NFL with three returns of at least 20 yards.

New Chiefs Clothing Line - Relentlessly Red from The Mothership

Recently, the Chiefs created a new clothing line exclusively for women -- Relentlessly Red.

"Items within the Relentlessly Red Collection are exclusive to the Pro Shop at Arrowhead Stadium and are designed and created for the fashionable and passionate female Chiefs fan," Tim Witkowski, Aramark General Manager, explained. "Relentlessness stands for how the Chiefs work on and off the field. It also describes the passion and loyalty of Chiefs fans. Plus, when you think of the Chiefs, you think the Sea of Red."

Gridiron Chronicles #3 Monday Night Football Special from The Mothership

This past Monday Night Football was a truly special moment in the history of the Kansas City Chiefs. We dominated the Patriots, broke the Guinness World Record and took back our title as the world's loudest stadium, had a parachute team jump in a game ball, and even had the USMC Silent Drill Team performing the halftime show. As you might imagine none of that came together through sheer serendipity. It was the result of a concentrated effort that had been on-going since June. There was a lot of military in this show so I was busy little Ranger coordinating back and forth to make this event successful! One of the most debated moments was how the National Anthem moment was going to happen.

KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Chiefs Volunteer Day At Harvesters

KCChiefs.com Video: Chiefs Live: Week 5

KCChiefs.com Video: Arrowhead Update 10/3: Smith Returns Home

KCChiefs.com Video: Wired: Sounds from the Field

KCChiefs.com Video: Chiefs Kingdom: 1993

Week 5 Preview: Chiefs @ 49ers from Chiefs Digest

While the Chiefs have played well lately, they face a major test on both sides of the ball on the road in San Francisco. In addition, they're going to the west coast just six days following an emotional win on Monday Night Football.

The Chiefs are at their best when the running game is effective, but the 49ers strong defense will test the young Chiefs offensive line and do their best to limit the effectiveness of running back Jamaal Charles. Quarterback Alex Smith must make plays in the passing game to keep the defense honest, something he has struggled with in the past...

...A short week, a long trip and a talented opponent hand the Chiefs their third loss.

Outcome: 49ers 28, Chiefs 17

Chiefs vs. 49ers preview from ESPN

Running back Jamaal Charles' ankle looked healthy Monday night against the Patriots, and when he's right, he's one of the more explosive backs in the NFL. But is he still considered an every-down back, or will he be platooned more with Knile Davis to keep him healthy?

Teicher: I think the Chiefs will adjust to game conditions each week, maybe using one guy if he's far more effective than the other. But the Chiefs like the potential they have in using both players a lot. They like the idea of keeping both players fresh well into the game. I'm not suggesting Charles won't ever again play games in which he gets the ball more than 25 times. I'm sure he will.

Chiefs' Alex Smith left a piece of his heart in San Francisco -- and an impression, too from FS Kansas City

"I would think, and I would certainly hope that he'll be warmly received for what he contributed to the team and the area," says Mecca, who met Smith as a rookie nearly 10 years ago. "And for the class and for the integrity with which he conducted himself."

A San Diego native, Smith still has strong ties to the West Coast, where his Alex Smith Foundation is based. The foundation, whose mission is to help foster youth through education, housing, mentoring, internships, jobs and advocacy, reportedly raised $839,244 from 2008-10, according to a Boston Globe report, with 91 percent of its proceeds going back into the charity -- one of the most generous ratios of return for any foundation started by an athlete in North America.

"A lot of athletes have a foundation and a golf tournament," says Mecca, who has had Smith accompany him on at least two occasions to lobby for support and funding for foster youth in California. "But Alex Smith and his mom work on it, his sister and his father have worked on it. ... This was an active organization, not a PR (spin) and a golf event. He really believed in it and he still does, I'm sure."

De'Anthony Thomas' initial impact could be as return man from ESPN

The Chiefs will likely try to get him the ball on offense, where the Chiefs are down a starting wide receiver. Donnie Avery was scheduled for surgery to repair a core muscle injury, or sports hernia, today in Philadelphia. He won't play against the 49ers or probably any time soon.

So there is an opening to get Thomas the ball some on offense. But his biggest immediate impact could be as a punt returner, where the Chiefs have mostly just been getting by in his absence with Frankie Hammond Jr.

Kansas City fans should have fun while they can from The Buffalo News

Kansas City fans were enjoying a week to remember in sports with the Chiefs pounding the Patriots before a national television audience Monday night and the Royals winning two playoff games in dramatic fashion Tuesday and Thursday. They should enjoy the wave while they can because there's a very good chance it's coming to an end...

...The Chiefs deserve credit for playing well, but it's much easier performing at home -- where fans took their decibel levels to Guinness Book levels -- than on the road. Kansas City's job was made much easier once they built the big lead in the first half because their front seven could attack Brady, who was out of sorts while playing behind a reshuffled and inexperienced offensive line.

It's not going to be the case Sunday when the Chiefs travel to San Francisco and play a better team in the 49ers with a mobile quarterback in Colin Kaepernick. Kansas City has won two straight games, but Las Vegas oddsmakers weren't getting caught up in their recent success. The Niners this morning were 7 1/2-point favorites against the Chiefs.

Alex Smith vs. Colin Kaepernick: Who's been better since spilt? from Sporting News

When Smith's Kansas City Chiefs travel to San Francisco for Sunday's game, neither quarterback will be thinking about trying to one-up the other. Kickoff: 4:25 p.m. ET. While they focus on helping their 2-2 teams get wins, the rest of us will focus on Smith's "revenge game" in his duel with Kaepernick.

It's only natural. Smith, the 49ers' No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, saw the team quickly move on from him halfway through the 2012 NFC championship year, ending with his trade to the Chiefs after the season.

But since 2013, which quarterback has been better? That's close and that's complicated, and it depends how you're asking the question. Here's the tale of the tape:

Alex Smith returns to Bay Area to face old team from The Associated Press via The Charlotte Observer

SPORTS-CRAZED KANSAS CITY: With the Royals in a rare baseball postseason - their first since 1985 - there's a lot to cheer for in Kansas City these days. The Chiefs whipped New England on Monday night, then a day later the Royals outlasted the Oakland Athletics 9-8 in 12 innings of the AL wild-card game.

Smith owns a Royals hat he has worn around, just not yet on the postgame podium the way he sported a Giants cap a couple of years back.

"We're right next door to each other here and those guys come out to our practices and they've had us over a bunch for games," Smith said. "It's been great. In the city, so many of the fans are the same and feeding off one another. Especially to have the last few days back to back, you go from Monday night to the wild-card game. It's a pretty cool vibe around the city right now."

Game Preview: 10 Things to Watch in #KCvsSF from 49ers.com

7. Who has the edge in the punting matchup?

The field position battle is always crucial in close games. It could be very important on Sunday. For the 49ers, Andy Lee was injured to start the week, but he returned to practice on Thursday. He had a punt blocked for a touchdown last week and that's something San Francisco is looking to clean up. For the Chiefs, Dustin Colquitt is among the league's best at his position. He's part of a three-way tie for most punts downed inside the 20-yard line with 10 on the season.

Prediction: 49ers will beat Chiefs from ESPN

The Kansas City Chiefs present more reason to stick with their re-discovered identity on offense. Kansas City is giving up 116.5 rushing yards per game, 19th in the NFL, 5.0 yards per carry, tied for fifth-worst in the league, and Frank Gore made his bones against the Eagles last week with seven carries for 60 yards outside of left tackle, per Pro Football Focus...

...49ers 26, Chiefs 23.

49ers TE Vernon Davis misses practice again from ESPN

For the third straight day, San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis, who tweaked his back in Sunday's victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, and right tackle Anthony Davis, who had his left knee rolled up on during a sack, were not practicing Friday.

49ers injury report: Williams questionable vs. Chiefs from CSN Bay Area

Nose tackle Ian Williams, who has been a big reason for the 49ers' dominating run defense the past three weeks, did not practice Friday due to an ankle condition.

Williams is listed as questionable on the team's official injury report for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

KC Chiefs fantasy football outlook: Week 5 at San Francisco 49ers from Examiner.com

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS: Other than that Tennessee game to start the season, the defense has played fairly well and they peaked last week against the Patriots. Unfortunately, the 49ers rediscovered their running game and Frank Gore is foaming at the mouth to test out the middle of the Chiefs defense. Throw in an erratic but mobile Colin Kaepernick who wants to show his former mentor, Alex Smith, that the Niners kept the right QB and this is not the best match-up in the world for the defensive part of the Chiefs fantasy unit. They will probably be a mid-level #2 fantasy defense because there will probably be a drop-off after their performance against the Pats.

However, as I said before, De'Anthony Thomas is finally healthy as the Chiefs punt returner and when you consider how inconsistent the Niners special teams play has been this year, the Chiefs D/ST moves up that fantasy charts this week.

How will Alex Smith's return to San Francisco compare to similar homecomings? from For The Win

It doesn't have the hype that surrounded Peyton Manning's first trip back to Indianapolis as a member of the Denver Broncos, but this Sunday another former top overall pick returns to play the team that drafted him.

Alex Smith and the Chiefs head to Levi's Stadium as he takes on the San Francisco 49ers for the first time since the team traded him to Kansas City following the 2012 season.

So how will Smith's performance measure up to other well-known active quarterbacks in their first matchups against the teams that drafted them? Let's take a look at how four similar signal-callers have fared.

Marcus Cooper makes his return in 49ers-Chiefs, albeit potentially banged up from Niners Nation

Sunday's matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs is billed primarily as the return of Alex Smith. Donnie Avery's sports hernia injury could move A.J. Jenkins into the starting lineup, so that is another one we have touched on. And yet, one of the most intriguing remains a bit under the radar. The "return" of Marcus Cooper.

I use return in the loosest of terms because Cooper was hardly here. The 49ers selected him in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He made his way through the offseason workout program and training camp, before getting cut at the end of camp along with UDFA cornerback Darryl Morris.

Elite NFL running backs have plenty of ground to make up from USA Today

For a variety of reasons - off-field legal troubles, injuries and just plain ineffectiveness - the season has started dreadfully for most of the NFL's elite running backs. Aside from the Dallas Cowboys' DeMarco Murray, whose 534 rushing yards pace the NFL, there isn't a single standout rusher this year...

...Jamaal Charles , who led the NFL with 19 touchdowns for the Kansas City Chiefs last year, missed most of two games with an ankle injury and is now sharing time with backup Knile Davis.

Pressures mount for tackles Staley (49ers) and Fisher (Chiefs) from The San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco's Joe Staley and Kansas City's Eric Fisher are starting left tackles from Central Michigan who are former first-round picks.

And they wish they didn't have this in common: They're both in the midst of subpar seasons.

Entering Sunday's meeting between the 49ers and visiting Chiefs, the players who occupy the premier position on the offensive line are poster boys for leaky front fives.

Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick in 2013, has followed a rocky rookie season with more of the same. He has allowed 13 pressures (sacks, hits and hurries), which is tied for the fifth-most among tackles, according to Pro Football Focus.

Healthy Justin Smith Still at Top of His Game from 49ers.com

With Smith as an anchor, the 49ers defense grounded the high-powered Philadelphia Eagles offense in Week 4. Paramount to the unit's success was applying consistent pressure on quarterback Nick Foles, something the team would like to repeat versus the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday...

...The defense has also improved its ground defense, holding the Eagles to 22 total rushing yards just three weeks after DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys ran for 118 yards against it. The unit enters its Week 5 matchup with Kansas City ranked second in the NFL in rush defense, allowing 69.8 yards per game.

NFL Week 5 intrigue: Can Smith stick it to the 49ers? Can Brady rebound? from CBS Sports

Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith against the San Francisco 49ers: Smith was benched by the 49ers in 2012, and then traded to the Chiefs last season. This will be his first game against his former team. 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is familiar with what he can and can't do. That could show up here.

Harbaugh transcript: Coaches responsible for 49ers' top defense from CSN Bay Area

It looks like you guys will get a big look at, a long look at Chiefs WR A.J. Jenkins on Sunday. What kind of problems does he present? Has he changed himself in the year and a half that he's left the 49ers?

"I believe he has. I believe he's continued to grow as a player. He's also on the field goal extra point block coming off the edge and he's gotten close a few times. We're aware of him and need to be."

Niners Know Chiefs Will Run at Them from NBC Bay Area

When the 2-2 Niners host 2-2 Kansas City at Levi's Stadium (1:25 p.m. kickoff), one of the biggest factors in the outcome will be how Mr. Charles does against San Francisco's rushing defense.

In a 41-14 victory over the New England Patriots in Week 4, Charles averaged 5.1 yards per carry, gaining 92 yards and scoring the first touchdown of the game on a 2-yard burst. Charles is the Chiefs' established star in his seventh season, and in his last game against the 49ers in 2010, he had 97 yards on the ground.

But now he has an explosive  partner, second-year running back Knile Davis. Davis rushed for 107 yards against New England and actually leads K.C. in rushing this season with 321 yards. He'll be going for his third straight 100-yard rushing game.

8 Locker Room Observations: Oct. 3 from 49ers.com

Right tackle Jonathan Martin, as he was lacing up his pink Breast Cancer Awareness Month cleats, was asked if he would start on Sunday. He said, "I don't know." The other option, usual starter Anthony Davis (knee) hasn't practiced this week.

NFL picks, Week 5: Bengals will cover vs. home underdog Patriots from CBS Sports

Verdict: It's a revenge game when Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith gets to show 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh what he's missed since Harbaugh replaced a concussed Smith with Colin Kaepernick in 2012 and then never went back. Smith isn't necessarily the main weapon of choice for Kansas City, but he's proven since he began playing for coach Andy Reid that he's worth more than many of us would have thought. I don't think the Chiefs will win in San Francisco but they'll keep it close and cover the spread. That will have to be good enough for Smith.

49ers say they have to be aware of A.J. Jenkins' speed from The Sacramento Bee

After the 49ers shipped A.J. Jenkins to Kansas City last August, coach Jim Harbaugh said there was no reason to think the young wide receiver wouldn't have "a great career" with the Chiefs.

It's safe to say that Harbaugh hopes that career doesn't suddenly take off Sunday.

Jenkins, whose only season with the 49ers ended without a catch, will get a chance to show his former team it gave up on him too soon.

Texans At Cowboys Tickets Lead Most Expensive NFL Games For Week 5 from Forbes

Kansas City Chiefs at San Francisco 49ers | Avg. Price: $192.24 | Get-in: $80

The 49ers had two consecutive weeks of erratic play against the Bears and Cardinals but returned to form against the Eagles at home last week. The average price for 49ers tickets against the Chiefs is $192.24 on the secondary market and Sunday's game will be the cheapest home game remaining on the 49ers schedule.

The Chiefs head to Santa Clara with an identical record to the 49ers at 2-2. They took a spirited victory from the Patriots at home last weekend, however, and will look to do the same to the 49ers on the road this weekend. The game has not elicited much of a demand on the secondary market but has the potential to be fairly competitive due to the unusual play the 49ers have brought to the field in recent weeks.

Starters and benchwarmers from The San Francisco Chronicle

Roll 'em back

Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers vs. Chiefs: You saw what Kansas City's defense did to Tom Brady on Monday night, right? While Kaepernick adds a rushing element to his game that Brady lacks, it still sets up as a rough matchup for the inconsistent quarterback. With Vernon Davis iffy for the contest due to back spasms, Kaepernick could be further hamstrung on Sunday.

Special report: College football coaches' salaries and perks are soaring from Newsday

The NFL's highest-paid coach is the New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton, who makes about $8 million a year. A handful of other NFL coaches -- the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick, the Kansas City Chiefs' Andy Reid and the Seattle Seahawks' Pete Carroll -- make more than $7 million. But the top-paid coach in the college ranks isn't too far behind.

Alabama's Nick Saban, who has won three national championships in the last five years, earns $6.9 million in guaranteed compensation a year. Saban's new deal, approved last summer, includes incentives that could approach Payton's annual salary.

Training camp contract renewal in the works from The Griffon News

"The final decision date is December 1," McGuffin said. "So, every year from here on out, for the next five years, December 1 will be the decision date. But, we hope to have it done here in October."

The weekend of the Chiefs bye week, Oct. 12, is the time Western plans on meeting with the Chiefs to finalize the extension.

Close to the action from RDS [translated (poorly) from the original French]

On 14 September, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif spent two fingers to wear the uniform of the Kansas City Chiefs during a match of the regular season against the Denver Broncos.

Due to the absence of blockers Jeff Allen (injury) and Donald Stephenson (suspension), coaches have announced the Quebec custody he would be the alignment of the 46 players who take part in the match. Eighty-ten minutes before the meeting, management changed its mind and decided to go with another player pushing the first part in the NFL of former Redmen.

"Of course it made me a little shock. You prepare yourself. You put your shoulder into your box. You stretch it. You are doing your warm up and they'll say they have finally switched to another player, "reported the number 76 for the Chiefs in a telephone interview.