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Arrowheadlines: It's time to consider the Chiefs Super Bowl contenders, Andy Reid defends Alex Smith

Chiefs defensive snap decisions: Tamba Hali, Justin Houston step up in smash-mouth win | The Kansas City Star

Poe only played 14 snaps, but he deserves a round of applause for giving you that much. He missed two of the last three practices last week with a back issue, and he still started the game and played well as long as he could. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Poe had back spasms, but the fact Poe just had back surgery a year ago is worrisome. The guy is in a contract year and he tried to tough it out for his team in a massive game, anyway.

Chiefs offensive snap decisions: Charcandrick West cuts into Spencer Ware’s workload | The Kansas City Star

Ware was the man last week against Tampa Bay, and while he still had the lion's share of snaps Sunday, West cut into his workload significantly, which is something to monitor.

It’s time to consider the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl contenders | The Washington Post

So, sure. Why not the Chiefs? Their manic, 30-27 overtime victory in Denver on Sunday night proved neither their dominance nor their perfection. It instead indicated they belong in a jumble of quite good, blemished teams that have a chance to make the Super Bowl.

PHOTOS: Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs | Denver Post

Tyreek Hill's breakout game comes at perfect time for Kansas City Chiefs | AP

"No doubt it's a coming out party -- on Sunday Night Football and it's definitely fun because the whole country is watching," Hill said. "So, yes, it's a coming out party."

Upon Further Review: 16 Quick Facts from Sunday’s Victory Over Broncos | ESPN

The Chiefs have now won eight straight games against AFC West opponents, including road wins this year over the Oakland Raiders (26-10) and Denver Broncos (30-27).

What We Learned From Chiefs Coach Andy Reid on Monday |

Q: What was your message to the offense prior to the final drive when you were down eight?

REID: "We told them we were obviously in a two-minute mode and we went over more stuff as opposed to actual ‘rah-rah’ type stuff. It was more of a, ‘Okay this is what we’re going to come at you with. Just stay with it and we’re going to hang in there. Something good is going to happen.’"

Andy Reid takes his opportunity to defend Alex Smith | ESPN

Reid hasn't wavered publicly in his support of Smith since he brought the veteran quarterback to Kansas City as the starter in 2013. The opportunity to make a change in his starting quarterback has never been so ripe for Reid with the Chiefs as it's been this season.

Goalpost and all, winning FG a thing of beauty to Chiefs' Cairo Santos | ESPN

Santos is having a big season for the Chiefs. He has made 25 of his 28 field goal attempts, or 89.3 percent.

Anatomy of the Kansas City Chiefs improbable win at Denver | The Kansas City Star

It seldom looks smooth or easy, and the offense has to be much better if the Chiefs are going to take this anywhere meaningful: You can’t score fewer than two offensive touchdowns a game (21 in 11 games) and expect to win championships. Just the same, as of the latest episode of "As The Season Turns," the "find a way" persona is defining the Chiefs far more than their liabilities or penchant for getting themselves into predicaments in the first place.

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