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Numbers show Alex Smith's game is headed the wrong way | ESPN

Smith’s struggles have showed up most noticeably when they hurt the most: on third down and inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Smith is the NFL’s 26th-rated passer on third down. The Chiefs are 31st at scoring touchdowns from the red zone. They’ve had three games where they’ve kicked four field goals, including the one against the Jaguars in which Foles played.

Notebook: Winchester returns after father's death | Chiefs Digest

"Dorsey went down and spent Saturday with him. It was a tough day," Santos said. "He made sure he got back to us safe at the hotel. (Team chairman and CEO) Clark (Hunt) showed great support with what we did before the game today."

The Kansas City Chiefs are asking for blood donations during the holiday season | WIBW

The Kansas City Chiefs are working to save lives. They are calling on their fans to roll up their sleeves for the Community Blood Center's 19th Annual Chief's Blood Drive. You can donate at Topeka's Community Blood Center, on SW 29th, just west of Wanamaker. They're also hosting an event Friday at Arrowhead Stadium with Charcandrick West, the Chief's Cheerleaders and K.C. Wolf.

Eye on the Kansas City Chiefs: Broncos host struggling rivals in nitty gritty of the AFC West | Denver Post

The Chiefs are struggling to move the chains. They have converted on just 35.6 percent of third downs, ranking 25th in the NFL. Even with the best turnover mark in the league, at plus-13, Kansas City can’t get going.

Chiefs’ offensive woes constant issue for Reid | Sports Xchange

Over the last three games, the Chiefs have scored just three offensive touchdowns, and over 10 games this season they only have 18 TDs on offense, not even an average of two-per-game. They’ve scored 222 points, with four touchdowns coming from the defense and special teams. Subtract 28 points from the Chiefs total and they would rank near the bottom of the league in scoring. And coming up over the last six games, they will face three of the top five and five of the top 11 highest scoring teams in the league right now. It starts this coming Sunday night in Denver and the Broncos average 23.9 points per game, ranking them No. 11 in the league.

Aqib Talib, Derek Wolfe back at Broncos practice; more post-bye notes | Denver Post

The Broncos’ upcoming divisional matchup against the Chiefs could come down to turnovers. The Broncos have scored a league-high 90 points off their 20 takeaways, while the Chiefs, who are No. 1 with 23 takeaways, rank second with 72 points off turnovers.

Aqib Talib, Broncos eager to face Chiefs Sunday night | Denver Post

Coach Gary Kubiak said there is competition between Donald Stephenson and Ty Sambrailo at right tackle on the offensive line. Both will play, and Kubiak said the Broncos could play seven offensive linemen overall. At right tackle, there will be a week-long battle to determine who starts and receives the majority of the snaps. "I looked at the situation and we've told them, 'Whoever plays the best is going to stay in there,' " Kubiak said. "We need to improve up front at that spot. We need more consistency at that spot."

What We Learned From Chiefs Coach Andy Reid on Monday |

The obvious is we need to do a better job at staying on the field offensively and getting off the field defensively. Third downs, it comes down to how you execute on third downs. We didn’t do well enough offensively to stay on the field, and we didn’t do well enough defensively to get off the field. So, the time of possession was just completely skewed there – almost 11 minutes there of a difference. It wasn’t a question of the guys playing hard or any of that – that wasn’t the deal. They played hard; it was just the actual execution. That’s my responsibility to make sure that’s right as a head football coach, and that we get that part done and we’re putting the guys in good positions – the right positions – to make plays. So, I always look in the mirror first on that, and I’ve got to do a better job with the team. The positive is we have a ton that we can learn from this. We have the opportunity to play the Denver Broncos, which is a positive. It’s going to be a great atmosphere for a football game. We’re going to get these mistakes corrected and get ourselves ready to go against the Denver Broncos."

"Belizean Beast" making a name in the NFL | Breaking Belize News

The Dangriga native, known to his teammates as the "Belizean beast" moved to the United States with his mom when he was 8. The Chiefs made him their sixth-round pick out of Southern Mississippi in 2015. He appeared in seven games with four tackles last season. "When he was a rookie, we said you just can’t cut him," Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said. "He has more energy than anybody on the field, even (defensive backs). Teams throw it downfield and he’s chasing guys. "The hustle he has in his soul helps us. He’s a small guy, but he has a lot of fight in him."

Some Chiefs injuries hurt more than others | The KC Star

"I expect the other guys to step in a do a good job, that's how I look at it," Reid said. "Anything less than that is wrong. You have an opportunity to get in there and play. You challenge and challenge and challenge."

But depth charts exist for a reason. And Sunday the Chiefs were without three players who are the best at their position group: wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, cornerback Marcus Peters, and for the second half, outside linebacker Dee Ford.

As for the prospects of their return for Sunday's game at Denver, Reid only said "we'll probably get a couple of the guys back this weekend," but wasn't more specific.

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