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Chiefs’ locker room leaders put the onus on themselves after brutal Pittsburgh loss | The KC Star

Most of those who remained possess key voices. Quarterback Alex Smith, inside linebacker Derrick Johnson, receiver Jeremy Maclin, safety Eric Berry, outside linebacker Tamba Hali, defensive tackle Dontari Poe and fullback Anthony Sherman all spoke following the game, which isn't always a given in this league.

Yet it was no coincidence, either. Because while Chiefs coach Andy Reid put the blame on himself in the adjoining conference room, the Chiefs' leaders wanted to make it clear they were present and accountable, ready to serve as the team's conscience through the latest rough patch.

KC-PIT grades: Roethlisberger, Bell impress in route of Kansas City | Pro Football Focus

Alex Smith did on Sunday what Alex Smith usually does: feed playmakers underneath and rely on them to create after the catch. The biggest issue for the Chiefs' offense was that those plays never came to fruition. Then, instead of switching up the strategy to some degree and pushing the ball downfield, Smith continued to hit checkdowns and shallow crossers. The QB's average depth of target on the day was only 6.0 yards downfield.

Chiefs and St. Louis Blues can benefit from cross-state synergy | The KC Star

Per St. Louis Post-Dispatch media critic Dan Caesar, the Chiefs are the only NFL team to have had all their games broadcast there and have earned an average rating of 9.1 percent — which is above overall NFL games (8.3) in St. Louis and the Rams, who have been televised three times and drawn an average rating of 8.1.

And a Sept. 9 poll asking "which NFL team will you be rooting for this season?" was led by the Chiefs with 872 votes. (The Packers were second with 429, the Rams fourth with 328).

NFL's 'Sunday Night Football' Ratings In Free Fall | Forbes

NBC’s Sunday Night Football was down yet again in viewership, drawing in 16.68 million viewers and scoring a 6.19/19 rating in the advertiser friendly 18-49 demo. The numbers mark a season low for SNF and the show’s 11.0 overnight rating is the lowest total since 2007 (ouch). While the NFL still won the night in total viewers, those numbers mark a steep drop from last week’s 18.62 million/6.8 ratings and the week before’s 20.6 million/7.4 rating.

Into the Bye: A Rookie Review |

Defensive line coach Britt Reid’s comments: "He's been great. He's been a real sponge. He's got a long way to go obviously as a rookie, but he's coming along. He's got a great natural talent base. He's a long, big powerful kid, so there's a lot to work with there. We just have to keep building...He has definitely a knack for pass rush, and he's got length that some of the other guys don't have."

Running the ball could help Chiefs' ailing offense | ESPN

ESPN's Adam Teicher says the Chiefs need to run the ball more, adding that this modest tweak could help Kansas City heal their ailing offense.

Nine Stats You Should Know Right Now About the Chiefs |

In his career, Chiefs coach Andy Reid has a record of 15-2 after the bye week, including wins the past two years over the San Diego Chargers (23-20) in 2014 and the Denver Broncos (29-13) last year.

Chiefs 2016: When it rains, it pours | Arrowhead Addict

When Dustin Colquitt has a bad night you know you’re in for a rough time. Normally the most dependable player on the team, Dustin had arguably his worst game under Dave Toub. Don’t get me wrong, I am not putting this loss on him. I am just pointing out that this no one could avoid the plague of terrible play . . .