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Chiefs in average shape after seven games compared to recent past | ESPN

The Chiefs are statistically the best offensive team Kansas City has had under Reid, by far. They are averaging 392 yards and 29.6 points, both good for third in the league. The Chiefs through seven games under Reid have never averaged more than 359 yards or 25.1 points.

The Chiefs, after losing two straight games, are 5-2. They were also 5-2 at this point last season, but they were 7-0 in 2013.

Jamaal Charles hoping for ovation from Chiefs fans | ProFootballTalk

The Chiefs released Charles in March after nine seasons and 7,260 yards. He signed a one-year deal worth up to $3.75 million with the Broncos in May.

Jets sign Sterling off Chiefs' practice squad; Coleman on IR | The Kansas City Star

Sterling had one catch for 8 yards while playing in three games with the Jets earlier this season after being signed as a free agent on Sept. 3. He was signed to Kansas City's practice squad on Oct. 7, two days after being waived by New York.

NFL MVP tracker: Eagles' Carson Wentz knocks Chiefs' Alex Smith to 2nd | USA Today

2. QB Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (18 points): After pacing our MVP poll for the season's first six weeks, he's finally come back to the pack and fallen from the catbird seat. There's a certain irony to this given Smith was sublime in K.C.'s latest loss, carving up the Oakland Raiders for 342 yards and three TDs last Thursday — not his fault the Chiefs defense couldn't hold a nine-point fourth-quarter lead. Smith's radar lock continues as he's completing 72.4% of his passes, ahead of single-season record pace, which — along with his doughnut in the INT column — computes to his NFL-high 120.5 passer rating. A historically conservative QB, his 1,979 passing yards rank second, while only Wentz has more TD passes than Smith's 15. Last week: 1

Chiefs legend Jamaal Charles returns to KC with Broncos | The Kansas City Star

You’ll “always be a Chief,” Charles on Wednesday recalled Dorsey saying, saying that Dorsey alluded not just to the inevitable Chiefs’ Hall of Fame honor but even to the possibility of returning here at the end of his career to retire in a Chiefs uniform.

If only there weren’t this pesky time in between with Charles, 30, who doesn’t quite know what to expect from fans when he returns to Arrowhead Stadium on Monday night clad in a despised Denver Broncos uniform — and, oof, liking it.

While he called it “a great feeling to come back home,” he laughed and added, “It’s definitely going to be different.”

The Broncos know Chiefs' Tyreek Hill all too well. Now they have to deal with Kareem Hunt, too. | Denver Post

Tyreek Hill was perhaps the biggest villain in the story of the Broncos’ 2016 season. Kansas City’s electric wide receiver/returner scored four touchdowns in two games against Denver, including a three-score performance in a 30-27 Chiefs victory at Sports Authority Field at Mile high in which he scored touchdowns on a reception, a rush and a kickoff return, becoming the first rookie since Gayle Sayers in 1965 to achieve that feat.

This chart of the highest-paid NFL players at every position is filled with surprises | MarketWatch

The 11 highest-paid defenders make a combined $179.8 million — led by Kansas City Chief linebacker Justin Houston’s $22.1 million — while the offensive guys combine to earn $149.4 million this season. The highest-paid offensive player is Joe Flacco, a quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens who is making $24.5 million this season.

Shane Ray will start against Kansas City Chiefs | Mile High Report

After missing the first part of the season with a wrist injury, Shane Ray will make his first start in 2017 for the Denver Broncos in their critical Monday Night Football matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.

NFL picks 2017, Week 8: Experts see scary things for the Broncos and Browns | SBNation.com

This is a scary week for the Broncos. Their fast start to the season has been slowed by two consecutive losses. Our panel sees a third straight ‘L’ this week when they travel to play the Chiefs in Kansas City on Monday Night Football. Denver’s only hope is for offensive coordinator Mike McCoy to refresh the embalming fluid on Holy Terror Trevor Siemian.

Charcandrick West doctor says he should be NFL Man of Year | The Kansas City Star

“I love football to death, I love it, but that’s not the biggest thing to me about being in the NFL,” he said. “Just doing stuff to show kids they still can be something, that’s what excites me.

“I don’t care if it’s a kid in China: If I have to make a trip to China to give a kid some motivation, I’ll do it. I’ll be there.”

All of which is why Pressly recently wrote a letter to Chiefs owner Clark Hunt advocating for West as the Chiefs’ nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award honoring volunteer and charity work.

Kansas City Chiefs have played the second hardest schedule so far this season | Arrowhead Pride

The Chiefs just haven’t played any really bad teams yet. The Chargers aren’t that bad. Neither are the Raiders (despite what we say). Everyone the Chiefs have played so far this season has a realistic shot at the playoffs (OK, except the Chargers). It’s obviously still early. Here’s who they have played:

Broncos Opponent Profile: Broncos Head To KC For AFC West Showdown | CBS Denver

The defense ranks 30th overall, 28th in passing yards against, and 25th against the run. The Chiefs defense is 19th in points against, giving up 23 points a game. The unit lost Eric Berry to a season-ending injury during the season opener, but it is hard to diagnose why this defense is not performing well. All this talk about an amazing offense may actually be the only reason the Chiefs can stay in games. K.C. is full of talent, and the defense may have a hay day against the Broncos offense.

Busting 4 myths about the Kansas City Chiefs defense (it’s not all Bob Sutton) | Arrowhead Pride

These narratives were interesting to me, and I quite frankly agreed with all of them after watching the game live. Of course, years of experience as to my own inability to adequately diagnose the game live has made me skeptical of my own instant reactions to any game. So I felt like it was time to take a look at these narratives to see if they are true.

Broncos-Chiefs preview: Does Denver have any shot? | Mile High Report

The lone bright spot for the Broncos this season has been their defense. The unit will have to play lights out against a Kansas City offense filled with players such as Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and rookie sensation Kareem Hunt. We have all been witness to the inept nature of Denver's offense all season long, so it will once again be a major task for the defense to limit the Chiefs’ high-powered offense to make a Broncos' victory even remotely achievable. - Christopher Hart

What's wrong with five of NFL's most disappointing defenses? | USA Today

Injuries are no excuse for this group to rank 28th in the league in passing defense (271.7 yards per game allowed), but Nelson’s return could provide a short-term fix.