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Four Chiefs Players Named to the 2017 Pro Bowl Roster |

This marks Berry’s fifth Pro Bowl selection in seven years after being recognized with the honor following the 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015 seasons – earning the honor every year that he didn’t finish the season on either injured reserve or the non-football illness list. The Fairburn, Georgia, native originally joined the Chiefs as Kansas City’s first pick (fifth overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Eric Berry, Tyreek Hill among four Chiefs headed to Pro Bowl | Chiefs Digest

This season’s Pro Bowl kicks off Jan. 29 in Orlando, Fla., and features a return to the AFC versus NFC format after a three-year "fantasy draft" rosters.

NFL announces 2017 Pro Bowl rosters |

A league-best seven Oakland Raiders have been selected to play in the 2017 Pro Bowl, according to rosters released by the NFL on Tuesday.

Mellinger minutes: Where Chiefs go now, Hall of Fame vote, does Clark Hunt want to win | The Kansas City Star

But if there is one thing the Chiefs need, more than anything else, to advance in the playoffs it's for Smith to be what he's supposed to be — dependable, mistake-free, make the right reads and accurate throws, find plays when the present themselves, won't win the game for you but also not going to lose it. Far too often, he's been short of that relatively low standard. That has to change.

Chiefs offensive snap decisions: Alex Smith posts season-low passer rating | The Kansas City Star

Alex Smith completed 15 of 28 passes for 163 yards and an interception in his sixth start since he sat out the Jacksonville game due to injury. His 56.1 passer rating Sunday was a season-low, but Smith was actually better when blitzed, as he completed 8 of 14 passes for 92 yards and a 77.1 quarterback rating, according to PFF.

When he was not blitzed, however, he completed 7 of 14 passes for 71 yards, an interception, a sack and a 35.1 quarterback rating. This is interesting, considering several Chiefs have repeatedly mentioned defenses' increased insistence on dropping several players into coverage and forcing Smith to beat them with his arm.

Chiefs defensive snap decisions: Not enough production from the linebackers | The Kansas City Star

Houston's three-game streak of recording at least one sack came to a close Sunday, as he — and Ford — each finished without a single tackle or stat in 105 combined snaps, according to the official statsheet. PFF does have Houston down for a quarterback pressure, but that's not nearly enough production for the Chiefs' starting edge rushers. The good news is that both players are highly competitive, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see each come back with a vengeance on Christmas night against Denver.

Chiefs, Love Fund for Children team up to help fulfill children’s Christmas wish lists |

Travis Kelce, Dustin Colquitt, and Allen Bailey were among the more than a dozen players helping fill shopping carts and children’s Christmas wish lists at the Bolger Road Walmart in Independence.

NFL power rankings 2016, Week 16: Falcons are back, but Broncos are fading fast |

With playoff hopes dwindling and back-to-back games against the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders up next, it looks bleak for Denver. The team is struggling to run the ball, committing too many turnovers, and the defense just isn’t enough to win games alone.

Chiefs players spread Christmas cheer for kids at Operation Breakthrough |

"It's good to get this overwhelming love them. You know, they just want to give you a hug, climb on you, so it's special to just get our minds off of work, the end of the year here and you know, it's Christmas so it's about sharing love with the community," Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos said.

The Packers, Cowboys and Chiefs are getting some unlikely, high-caliber help | The Washington Post

Hill has only played 39 percent of the team’s offensive snaps so far this year, but even in that limited workload he has become one of the most dynamic playmakers in the entire NFL. The former college running back has scored a team-leading 10 touchdowns – six as a receiver, two as a runner, and one each as a punt and kick returner – and currently ranks fourth among all wide receivers in yards per route run average, at 2.50.

The Kansas City Chiefs need to always be closing | Arrowhead Pride

And time after time, games have come down to the wire and required some miracles (by various players, including Alex a couple of times) in order for the Chiefs to pull through with a win. It’s been entertaining the same way that watching a fight is entertaining. You can’t stop watching and you’re secretly enjoying it a little, but you can’t stop worrying and your heart won’t quit pounding and you’re worried about someone getting seriously hurt (or someone’s feelings, in the case of watching the Chiefs play).

Run game mysteries riddling Chiefs | Chiefs Digest

"I would tell you that we can do better scheming it up, we can do better executing it," Reid said. "That’s what it really comes down to. It’s always that combination." The Chiefs average 4.1 yards per rush attempt, down from 4.7 yards per carry last year. Lead back Spencer Ware averages 4.3 yards per carry, down from 5.6 a season ago. Of those 158 yards the team picked up on Sunday, 68 of those came on wide receiver Tyreek’s Hill touchdown run. Another 11 came from quarterback Alex Smith on scrambles.

Chiefs are a contender, but they need to make some changes | The Fayette Advertiser & The Democrat-Leader

I disagree. I don’t fault Reid at all for calling that timeout. He had Succop standing near midfield inside one of the loudest venues in all of sports. Arrowhead Stadium was the usual eardrum-bursting, insides-rattling stadium it’s known to be when Succop was waiting to make that kick. Reid called the timeout to make Succop stand on that field even longer. Why wouldn’t he? They call it "icing" the kicker. Reid wanted to make Succop nervous. He wanted Succop to think about the kick. Of course, he wanted to get that timeout in before the ball was snapped, without the snap ever happening. It just didn’t happen that way. Still, I think it was a good call.

Andy Reid doesn’t agree that Chiefs got too conservative | ProFootballTalk

"I look at all that — there’s situational plays and situations in games … there’s a time and a place for everything," Reid said, via the Kansas City Star. "I wouldn’t necessarily say that [we were too conservative], but when you don’t win the game, you’re going to definitely look at something like that."

How the Broncos' bid for Super Bowl repeat was pushed to the edge | USA Today

The unit was a liability during its Super Bowl run a year ago, and somehow its play was even worse this season. Elway tried to address the position in free agency by signing two new tackles – left tackle Russell Okung from the Seattle Seahawks and right tackle Donald Stephenson from the Kansas City Chiefs. Neither move has fixed the pass protection, and run blocking has been an even bigger issue. The Broncos are happy with young center Matt Paradis, but the other recent draft picks — Ty Sambrailo, who was a healthy scratch Sunday against the Patriots, and Max Garcia — have been slow to develop.

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